Kip Cullers of Purdy, Mo. set the world record soybean yield in 2006 with 139 bushels an acre. But as the saying goes, records were made to be broken. This one lasted only a year, as Cullers' yield this year increased 15 bushels an acre for a new record of 154 bushels.
"The plant health was just excellent," Cullers says. "These Pioneer 94M80's that we plant down here in southwest Missouri really respond well to my program."
Primarily a green bean grower, Cullers applies some of the irrigation and management practices he uses for vegetables to soybeans. He uses a twin row planting system with 30 inch centers and 9.5 inches apart. He plants a high seed population of about 300,000 and once the plants are up he applies a fungicide treatment. This year he used Headline. He actively manages the fields to maximize pod setting and keep pod loss to a minimum.
"We're extremely happy with them," Cullers says. "They did a little better than I expected. I knew they were going to do well, I just didn't know how well."
Cullers is often asked by other growers what to do to get high soybean yields. He says number one; plant the best genetics for your area. Number two; protect the plants with a fungicide program.
"Those are the two biggest things that producers can do to raise higher yielding soybeans," Cullers says.