Missouri’s 2020 Soybean Yield Contest Results

Two Missouri Farmers Top 100 bu/ac with their 2020 soybean harvest.

Missouri soybean farmers brought impressive yields for the Missouri Soybean Association’s annual competition. Results from Missouri’s soybean yield contest are now finalized with the highest yields topping 100 bushels per acre. Contest winners in the irrigated and non-irrigated categories presented yields of 102.79 and 106.14 bushels per acre, respectively.

The contest’s top honors for non-irrigated beans went to Gary Porter of Mercer, Mo. He raised 106.14 bushels per acre soybean in northern Missouri with Pioneer P39A58X. Porter farms alongside his wife, three sons, nephew and brother.

For irrigated soybeans, first place went to Jerry Cox of Cox Farms. He and his son, Matthew, farm in Cape Girardeau County. Cox is proud to own and operate his grandfather’s land as the third generation to farm in his family. He raised 102.79 bushels per acre soybean with Pioneer P45A02X. This is Cox’s third year winning the irrigated portion of the yield contest.

“The results of our annual Missouri Soybean Association yield contest exemplify the dedication of soybean farmers across the state,” said Ronnie Russell, a farmer from Richmond, Missouri and president of the Missouri Soybean Association. “Statewide, we had a pretty good growing season and contest submissions reflected both stewardship and attention to detail. I always enjoy the friendly competition this contest presents, as well. Special thanks to our participants, contest officials and partners who make this event possible each and every year.” Winners will be recognized at the virtual district soybean meetings this month and next, with statewide winners also being honored during the Missouri Soybean Association annual meeting.

USDA estimated Missouri’s average soybean yield as 49 bushels per acre for 2020.

The Missouri Soybean Association’s yield contest is made possible through sponsorships from the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council and soybean checkoff, Beck’s Hybrids, Baker Implement Company, Channel Seed, Missouri Crop Improvement Association, Sydenstricker Nobbe Partners, Asgrow, Pioneer, ProHarvest – Resor Seeds, JD Legacy, Stine Seed Company, BASF, Nutrien Ag Solutions, Corteva, Ursa Farmers Coop, MFA Incorporated and MFA Oil. Contest rules are posted online at mosoy.org. Details for the Missouri Soybean Association’s 2021 Yield Contest will be posted online at mosoy.org and announced in Missouri Soybean Farmer magazine this spring. 

To learn more about the soybean yield contest, Missouri Soybean Association and the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council, explore mosoy.org.