Topping his own accomplishment, Missouri soybean farmer Kip Cullers has achieved a new world record in soybean production. In his 2010 soybean test fields, Cullers produced 160.6 bu./acre.
The award-winning field was planted with Pioneer(R) brand soybean variety 94Y71. It was planted on April 14 and harvested Sept. 28.
Cullers says there’s no silver bullet to soybean production. “The biggest thing we do is that we’re always willing to try something new,” he says. “Just because we made 160 bu./acre this year, we’ll still change it up dramatically next year. I’m sure 50% of everything we do next year will fail miserably.”
What Cullers continually tries to do is remove stress from his fields. “I walk these contests fields every day, sometimes three or four times a day,” he says. “I want to see if something has creeped in on us.”
He also focuses on preventative methods, fungicides for example. “You want to put it out there before you have a problem because it will keep the disease from coming in. We want to try to prevent a problem from ever arising.”
Even with the remarkable yields this year, Cullers says he’ll continue to adjust his production methods to reach even higher yields.
For the last two years, he says, all of his soybean fields have average over 100 bu./acre. He says this achieved by taking the production methods from the contest field and applying it over his entire farm.
“I seriously think we can grow 200 bu./acre soybeans,” he says, “it is just a matter of figuring out what we got to do to make that goal.”
Cullers was honored today at a news conference in Stark City, Mo. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon congratulated Cullers on his accomplishment.
“Kip has made the most of the fertile Newtonia soil, producing beef, hay and poultry. But it is soybeans that have made Kip very, very famous,” says Missouri Governor Jay Nixon. “Kip Cullers represents the best of the best in soybean production in this state. He has set the bar high for everybody.”
Dale R. Ludwig, executive director/CEO, Missouri Soybean Association, agrees.
“One of the greatest things about Kip originally breaking the 100 bu./acre yield barrier is that it took away the excuse that there was a yield ceiling,” Ludwig says. “People are doing a better job growing soybeans today than they were five years ago.”
In 2007, Cullers marked 154.57 bu./acre, which topped his 2006 yield record of 139 bu./acre. Normal Missouri soybean yields are around 40 bu./acre.