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Michigan soybean yield winners named

2018 marked the 13th year for a soybean yield contest in Michigan.  The goals of the contest have always been to increase soybean yield and profitability in Michigan.  The contest is simply a “fun” incentive for Michigan farmers to work at these goals. The contest information is used to help increase farmer attention to the agronomics of soybean production.  The contest is sponsored by the Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee and Spartan Agricultural Consulting, LLC
For the 2018 contest, there were a record 151 entries from 142 farmers from 23 counties.  The highest overall yield was 124 bushels per acre by Don Stall of Charlotte. Don has achieved over 100 bushels per acre of soybeans for six of the past seven years.  He first achieved over 100 bushels per acre in 2012, besting that yield since, with a new high yield for Michigan of 124.75 bushels per acres this year.
Awards will be given out at the Great Lakes Crops Summit on January 30, 2019.  For the first time, there were four yields over 100 bushels per acre, and there were 21 yields over 80 bushels per acre in a year of weather extremes from planting until harvest across Michigan.
For 2018 the winners and their yields were: 
• Class A; Late Maturity Non-irrigated: Don Stall of Eaton County - 124.75 bu/A.
• Class B; Late Maturity Irrigated: Nick Suwyn of Allegan County - 104.84 bu/A/
• Class C; Mid Maturity Non-irrigated: Jim Schaendorf of Allegan County - 112.53 bu/A.
• Class D; Mid Maturity Irrigated: Scott Jirgens of Kalamazoo County - 77.71 bu/A.
• Class E; Early Maturity: Dale Suwyn of Allegan County -  97.77 bu/A.
• Class F; non-GMO: Paul Gentz of St. Joseph County - 87.5 bu/A.
The winners will receive a trophy and other prizes from some of the thirteen soybean seed companies.  Participating seed companies included: Asgrow, Channel, DF, Golden Harvest, Hoegenmeyer, LG, Mycogen, NK Syngenta, Pioneer, Renk, Rupp, Seed Consultants and Stine.  A brief summary of the 2018 contest winners will be published in the Spring 2019 Michigan Soybean News magazine.  
For more information about the contest results or inquiries about a 2019 contest, contact Ned Birkey of Spartan Ag at