The Virginia Soybean Association recently presented awards to 15 producers for top yields in 2001, according to David Holshouser, Virginia Tech soybean specialist.

In the full-season contest Keith Sheets of Rockingham County won first place with a yield of 74.6 bushels per acre.

Eldon Rhodes of Augusta County placed second with a yield of 71.7 bushels per acre. H. Shirley Powell of Westmoreland County placed third with 70.7 bushels per acre.

In the double-crop contest, Steve Smith of Caroline County won first place with 57.5 bushels per acre. M.S. Terrell of Caroline County was second with 56 bushels per acre. Lyle Pugh Sr. of Chesapeake County won third place with a yield of 44.8 bushels per acre.

Nine producers were recognized for yields in the 70-bushel and 60-bushel club. Seventy-bushel club plaques were presented to Sheets of Rockingham County; Rhodes of Augusta County; Powell of Westmoreland County; and Tim Self of Westmoreland County, 70.3 bushels per acre.

Sixty-bushel club plaques were presented to Weldon Heatwole of Rockingham County, 64.7 bushels per acre; Robert C. Price of Prince George County, 64 bushels per acre; James Lee IV of Southampton County, 62.9 bushels per acre; William C. Crossman of Westmoreland County, 62.1 bushels per acre; and Robert Respess Jr. of Matthews County, 60.2 bushels per acre.