Missouri soybean producer breaks world record
Soybean grower Kip Cullers from Purdy in the state of Missouri has
established a new world soybean production record. For his 2006 crop he managed
to harvest an average of 139.39 bushels per acre (9,373 kg per
With this result Cullers is the winner of the conventional category of the
2006 Missouri Soybean Association (MSA) yield contest. He accomplished this by
planting Pioneer soybean variety 94M80 on an irrigated and
conventionally tilled field.
The record-setting yield was harvested on
October 7, 2006. Cullers' weigh check was witnessed and verified by a
third-party, MSA-approved official. The seed populations used on the field were
close to 300,000 with about 245,000 plants in the final stand. The soybean
plants averaged approximately 120 pods per plant.
Good genetics is
Cullers achieved these yields through attention to
detail and a proactive management style. He monitors his fields closely to check
for production challenges, such as disease and insects. He says a good fungicide
programme is critical to growing quality crops, as are good genetics.
two decades of farming, I've come to realise that starting with great yield
potential through good genetics is key," says Cullers. "We build from there
by making sure our plant populations are in the right range for our rich, red
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