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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 hectare).

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 key

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.
"During 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 soils."

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