Greene County, N.C., grower E.H. Dixon took top honors in the 2012 North Carolina Soybean Yield Contest with a 92.5 bushel per acre crop.

The award is sponsored annually by the North Carolina Soybean Association and is administered by Soybean Specialist Jim Dunphy and his staff at North Carolina State University.

For his winning entry, Dixon won an all expenses paid trip to the All Commodities Conference to be held Feb. 27-March 1 in Kissimmee, Fla. Greene County Extension Agent Roy Thagard, who submitted the winning entry will also receive an expense paid trip to the Commodity Classic.

The award was presented at the annual North Carolina All Commodities annual meeting in Durham.

Travis Starnes of Circle S Ranch of Union County was runner-up with a yield of 90.2 bushels per acre. The Union County Extension agent assisting with production was Andrew Baucom. Travis Starnes received the second place award for Circle S Ranch.

Gene Hunter of Mecklenburg County received the third place award with a yield of 85.5 bushels per acre.

Area winners were presented a $50 cash award and they include:

• Tidewater — Renee Pendleton of Pasquotank County, 85.1 bushels per acre

• Northern Piedmont — Mathews Family Farm in Yadkin County, 76.2 bushels per acre

• Southern Coastal Plain — Moses Farmer, Harnett County, 69.6 bushels per acre.

Cox Brothers Farms in Union County took first place in the Most Efficient Yield category, with a per bushel cost of $3.26. They also will receive a free trip to Commodity Classic. 

The overall yield winner, E.H. Dixon, also finished second in the MEY category.

Andrew Baucom is the Extension agent, who worked with the Cox brothers on their winning entry.

Charles Hall, executive director of the North Carolina Soybean Association says 2012 was one of the best for North Carolina soybean growers. Last year soybean growers set an all time state record with an average of 39 bushels per acre and the winning yield by E.H. Dixon was less than a half bushel off the all time state record yield of 92.9 bushels per acre set in 2006 by Phil and Mike McClain in Iredale County.

During the the 46th annual North Carolina Soybean Association meeting, Jimmy Thomas received the Association’s Meritorious Service Award. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to North Carolina soybean farmers.

Thomas received the Meritorious Service award for outstanding leadership and service while serving as president of the North Carolina Soybean Producers Association from Jan. 2011 through Jan. 2013.

Thomas also served as vice-president of the association from 2009 to 2011.

Bernard Lennon, incoming president of the North Carolina Soybean Producers Association, presented the award to Thomas.