Alabama soybean producers are urged to enter this year's yield contest, sponsored by the Alabama Soybean Association.

"The association made some major changes to the contest in recent years that eliminates the need for farmers to measure and witness the harvesting," says Dale Monks, Auburn University Extension crop physiologist. "Yield will be calculated on acreage records and records sent in by the grower, who will certify that the information is correct."

The winners, adds Monks, will be announced at the annual meeting of the Alabama Soybean Association set for Feb. 2001 in Huntsville. Prizes and cash awards will be presented at that time.

Following are the rules for this year's contest:

(1.) Any soybean producer who grows 10 acres or more and is a member of the Alabama Soybean Association is eligible to enter and receive any contest awards. Only one entry per membership will be accepted. Growers must join the association prior to Nov. 30, 2000, to be eligible for awards.

Acreage criteria (2.) The area for the contest will consist of a whole field or a whole farm. Applicants will be required to verify acreage in the selected field or farm by attaching a copy of Consolidated Farm Services Agency (formerly ASCS) records showing official acreage. Contestants will include weight tickets and grade sheets on soybeans harvested from the designated field or farm and will be asked to provide a summary of their production practices and costs. There are no restrictions on cultural practices except that irrigated soybeans and skip-row planting patterns are not eligible. Contestants will certify on their honor that the information is accurate.

(3.) Application forms can be obtained from any county Extension office, any director of the Alabama Soybean Association or by writing the association's office. Completed forms must be returned to Dale Monks, 115 Extension Hall, Auburn University, Ala. 36849-5633 and postmarked no later than Dec. 31, 2000.

Yield verification (4.) A state soybean contest committee composed of Soybean Association directors will verify yields and determine winners. The state committee shall have the authority to arbitrate any point of contention, and their decision will be final. The state committee reserves the right to check any yield.

(5.) Contestants will compete on a district basis with one winner per district. In case of yield ties, the grower with the lowest production costs per acre, as calculated by the state contest committee, will be declared the winner. Payment of any income taxes is the responsibility of the winners. The winners will be announced after Jan. 1, 2001, and awards made during the annual meeting of the association. The state winner will receive a plaque, free annual meeting banquet tickets and products with a value of at least $500.