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Soybeans are categorized by the latitude for which they are adapted. In Arkansas and the mid-South, Groups 4, 5 and 6 are most common. The .9 indicates Crow’s variety is one of the later maturing in Group 3.
Ashlock said the Group 3s are very fast maturing. “They’re like a Quarter Horse taking off,” he said. “You have to be on top of your management game.
“If you’re a day late on irrigation, that’s going to significantly impact yields; same if you’re late on fungicide or insecticide,” Beaty said. Crow’s yield reflects “really good management on his part.”
Arkansas’ high summer nighttime temperatures have been the biggest obstacle to achieving triple-digit yields, and 2013’s cooler summer has helped, Wilson said. In addition, he said, “We’ve got good technology, better varieties and more tools.”
More big numbers
Wilson and Kirkpatrick will likely see more of these high yielding fields soon.
“Between us, I think we have 30-32 entries into the Race for 100 in our two counties,” Wilson said. “It takes half, to three-quarters of a day to verify these entries. Wes and I will be pretty busy in the next few weeks.”
“I would put our producers in southeast Arkansas against anybody in the United States,” Wilson said.
Shannon Davis, chairman of the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board, called Crow’s achievement “something that not only the growers can be proud of, but also that the university’s research, funded by checkoff dollars, is paying off.”
Davis also said the board would ponder what the next yield goal might be.
To learn more, visit www. uaex.edu, Arkansascrops. com or contact your county Extension office. £