Jacob Parker of Columbia has been elected president of the North Carolina Soybean Producers Association at the 40th annual meeting at New Bern. Parker is a soybean farmer and agronomist for Black Gold Farms in Tyrrell County.

Other officers elected were: vice-president, Bobby Joe Fisher of Rocky Mount; secretary, Jimmy Thomas of Timberlake; and treasurer, James Fletcher of Elizabeth City.

Newly elected to serve on the 30-member board of directors are: Landon Moore of Prospect, Elbert Hardy Dixon of Maury, Cliff Rountree of South Mills, Charles Tooley of Scranton, Dave Sawyer of Greenville, and Jeff Peed of Aurora.

Board members re-elected to a second term are: Bernard Lennon of Evergreen, Terry Blalock of Norwood, Terry Boone of Jackson, and Allen Wooten of Burgaw.

In yield contest news, Phil and Mike McLain of Statesville established a new state record soybean yield of 92.9 bushels per acre and were declared the winners of the 2006 State Soybean Yield Contest.

The state contest is based on yield from a measured and verified three-acre plot. The previous record for the highest yield was 92.1 bushels per acre, achieved by Cabell Early of Guilford County in 1994.

Darryl Corriher and Tom Hall of China Grove in Rowan County produced the second highest yield of 81.6 bushels per acre, and Charles Gray and sons of Elizabeth City in Pasquotank County produced the third highest yield of 78.6 bushels per acre.

Phil and Mike McLain of Statesville won the 2005 Most Efficient Yield Contest with an average per bushel cost of $2.62.

Yield Contest and Most Efficient Yield Contest winners by area were:

Tidewater area: Yield: Charles Gray and Sons of Pasquotank County — 78.6 bushels per acre; Most Efficient Yield: Ray Rogerson, Pasquotank County — $2.79 per bushel.

Northern Coastal Plain: Yield: Bill Johnston of Northampton County — 70.8 bushels per acre; Most Efficient Yield: Bill Johnston of Northampton County — $2.89 per bushel.

Southern Coastal Plain: Yield: Luther Moore of Robeson County — 53.9 bushels per acre; Most Efficient Yield: Carey Brixley of Robeson County — $3.41 per bushel.

Northern Piedmont: Yield: Cabell Early of Guilford County — 64.6 bushels per acres; Most Efficient Yield: Taylor Cottrell of Davidson County — $3.78 per bushel.

Southern Piedmont: Yield: Phil and Mike McLain of Iredell County — 92.9 bushels per acre; Most Efficient Yield: Phil and Mike McLain — $2.62 per bushel.

Brothers Phil and Mike McLain and their Iredell County Cooperative Extension Agent Mike Miller will receive an expense paid trip to the Commodity Classic, the annual meeting and trade show of the American Soybean Association, National Corn Growers Association and National Association of Wheat Growers, in Tampa, March 1-3, 2007.

The area soybean yield contest winners each received a plaque and a $50 cash award from the North Carolina Soybean Producers Association.

All soybean growers producing a yield of 70 bushels or more per acre were recognized with a certificate by the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service.

The contests are sponsored by the North Carolina Soybean Producers Association and the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service.