Montoursville farmer 1 of winners in state soybean yield contest

HARRISBURG — Scott Snyder, of Montoursville, secured one of five regional first-place finishes in the 2017 Pennsylvania Soybean Yield Contest, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Soybean Board.

He won the northern region category by planting Pioneer 36T86 and getting a yield of 62.37 bushels per acre.

Charles Farms, owned by Eric and Cliff Charles, of Lancaster County, was the state’s top producer with a yield of 107.17 bushels per acre and also won the southcentral region.

According to contest coordinator and Penn State Senior Extension Agent Del Voight, two of the contest entrants exceeded 100 bushels per acre. Lebanon County grower Zach Alger recorded a yield of 101.5 bushels per acre.

The mean yield of the contest entrants in 2017 was 80.85 bushes per acre, up from the 2016 average of 76.82.

“Growers in the north cited too little rainfall during pod fill as the major issue impacting yields,” Voight said. “Over the 25 years of the contest, the yields reported by the contest participants have increased at a rate of 1.2 bushels per acre per year. This is more than double the state average of 0.4 bushel per acre increase per year.”

The contest recognized not only the statewide grand champion but also the top growers in each of five regions of Pennsylvania, based on maturity maps. Other winners were:

• Central Region — Jay Arentz, of Littlestown, Adams County, 92.24 bushes per acre;

• Southeast Region — John Frederick, of New Hope, Bucks County, 83.55 bushes per acre;

• Western Region — Mike Reskovac, of Waltersburg, Fayette County, 71.08 bushes per acre.

The top state winner and the regional winners will travel to the Commodity Classic, the annual joint convention of the American Soybean Association, National Corn Growers Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, and the National Grain Sorghum Producers, held Feb. 27-March 1 in Anaheim, California.