Kentucky Soybean Growers Produce Highest Documented Yields in State’s History

2017 marks the highest ever documented yields of soybeans in Kentucky.
2017 marks the highest ever documented yields of soybeans in Kentucky.

Meredith Farms, owned by Philip and Lea Meredith of Henderson, Kentucky, has produced the highest ever documented yields of soybeans in the state. This is according to the University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and the Kentucky Soybean Board, which recently held a soybean contest for producers across the state.

The farm produced a record-breaking yield of 107.76 bushels per acre in the full season, irrigated category of the contest. It was the first time that a yield of more than 100 bushels per acre had been documented in the state; originally, the record was set at 98.34 bushels per acre back in 2015. Meredith Farms had held the previous record as well.

“2017 was a record-breaking year for soybean production in Kentucky,” said Davie Stephens, chairman of the Kentucky Soybean Board. “In addition to the three, 100-bushel entries, many growers across the state (and our state as a whole) are experiencing record yields. The Kentucky Soybean Board is pleased to recognize all of our yield and quality contest winners at the Kentucky Commodity Conference in Bowling Green on Thursday, Jan. 18.”

Meredith Farms will now become the first farm inducted into the Kentucky Soybean Board’s 100 Bushel Club. Other Kentucky farmers also broke records in the double-crop, non-irrigated part of the contest; two entries harvested more than 80 bushels per acre. The Kentucky Soybean Board intends to induct the individuals into the 80 Bushel Club for double-crop soybeans.