Soybean South


Arkansas River Valley farmer’s
efforts pay off



For Eddie Tackett of Atkins, the fourth time was a charm.

On the fourth try, Tackett claimed first place in the Arkansas Soybean Association’s Soybean Yield Challenge contest.

For his efforts, he won 50 hours’ use of a Caterpillar MT755B rubber track tractor from J. A. Riggs Tractor Co. of Little Rock.

The second and third place winners were Paul Bingham of Trumann and Blake Goodman of Corning. They each won 50 hours use of an MT655B MFD tractor. Riggs and Challenger Tractor Co. provided each contest participant with a jacket.

The Arkansas River Valley farmer said the win was overdue.

“This year, we won all the marbles,” Tackett said. “We’ve been trying since 2003. I’m proud to take this win back to the Arkansas River Valley.”

He had previously finished fourth, second and third.

Tackett paid tribute to the soybean association and to Riggs. But his biggest praise was for the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service.

In winning, Tackett achieved 85.7 bushels an acre. The eight-year average for the contest is 77.75 bushels. Bingham’s yield was 85.1, and Goodman’s yield was 81.9 bushels.

Tackett subsoiled and disked the 5.25-acre field and planted early. He planted 175,000 Armor 44R5 seeds per acre on a 15-inch row spacing.

He used border irrigation and had six inches of rain during the growing season.

New soybean gets N from the soil
A new soybean variety, Nitrasoy, has been developed and released by the Agricultural Research Service in conjunction with North Carolina State University. It is a non-nodulating Group VI maturity variety.

Because it cannot form nodules, it also cannot fix nitrogen from the air. Thus, Nitrasoy needs a large amount of soil-applied nitrogen to obtain excellent seed yields.

Nitrasoy was developed to provide a leguminous crop option for the land application of animal waste. It is the only non-nodulating variety currently available. Soybean is an excellent crop for receiving nitrogen from animal waste because soybean seeds are rich in nitrogen. When harvested, the nitrogen from animal waste that is in the soybean seeds is completely removed from the plant where it was applied.

Nitrasoy is adapted to the southern United States.

New reports for crop insurance claims
John Deere introduces two new reports now available with the Apex Farm Management software. The addition of the acreage and production reports will help producers capture important crop information and data to simplify the reporting process for crop insurance.

In order for producers to gain the greatest value from their crop insurance, they need detailed records to determine what crops were planted and how many acres were planted. They will also need records for what cropping practices were used and other important crop production data.

Accumulating the appropriate information can be time-consuming, and incomplete reports can impact benefits the customer hoped to achieve through the use of a crop insurance program.

“This user-friendly software will make it much easier when a grower submits crop insurance information to his agent,” explains Dennis Daggett, senior vice president, John Deere Risk Protection.