WORTHINGTON, Ohio — The Ohio Soybean Association (OSA) is announcing the launch of the state’s fourth Soybean Yield and Quality Contest for the 2013 growing season.
Contestants must be current members of OSA and raise at least 10 acres of soybeans in Ohio.
Those who are not currently OSA members may join when entering the contest. The entry fee is $100 and entrants may submit multiple entries in the contest.
The following companies will pay the entry fee for contestants that enter their varieties: Asgrow, Beck’s Hybrids, CROPLAN, DKG Seeds, LG Seeds, Powell Seeds, R Farm Seeds, Rupp Seeds, Schlessman Seed Company, Seed Consultants, Stewart Seeds, Stine Seed Company and Wellman Seeds.
Entrants can choose to enter one or more of four categories that include:
- conventional tillage
- non-GMO soybeans — conventional tillage
- non-GMO soybeans — no-till
The quality contest is optional to enter. However, a farmer must enter the soybean yield contest in order to enter the soybean quality contest.
This contest is based on the overall highest percentage of oil and protein content in the state. Entrants in the quality contest must submit a 2-pound sample of soybeans for testing. Entrants will be eligible for several prizes.
An overall state yield winner will be awarded along with category prizes for the top placing entrants. Awards will also be given to the top placing entrants in the quality contest based on the percentages of oil and protein.
All prize packages will be announced in mid-July at www.soyohio.org/yieldcontest.
All entry forms and entry fees must be received by Aug. 31. The entry form along with a complete listing of contest rules can be downloaded at www.soyohio.org/yieldcontest.