Frank Howey Family Farms of Monroe, N.C., in Union County has won the annual North Carolina Soybean Yield Contest with 89.2 bushels per acre.

Howey’s soybean Extension agent is Andrew Gardner of Union County Cooperative Extension.

The contest is sponsored by the North Carolina Soybean Producers Association and is open to any North Carolina soybean producer. The winning entries were announced in New Bern at the Joint Conference of the Corn, Cotton, Small Grains and Soybean Associations.

Frank Howey was presented a plaque by Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler and Dean Johnny Wynne of North Carolina State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Howey and his soybean agent, Andrew Gardner, will receive an expense-paid trip to Commodity Classic, the national conference and trade show for the U.S. corn, sorghum, soybean and wheat industries, in Tampa, Fla., on March 3-5, 2011. Awards are sponsored by the North Carolina Soybean Producers Association.

Phillip McLain of Iredell County placed second in the contest with a yield of 85.3 bushels per acre. His soybean agent in Iredell County is Ken Vaughn. Ricky Stallings of Perquimans County had the third highest yield, with 81.7 bushels per acre. Lewis Smith is the Perquimans County soybean agent.

The contest is administered by the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service at North Carolina State University. The contest is based on yield from a measured and verified three-acre plot. The state record contest entry of 92.9 bushels per acre was set in 2006 by Phil and Mike McLain of Iredell County.

Area winners in the yield contest were: (Southern Piedmont) — Frank Howey Family Farms of Union County, 89.2 bushels per acre; (Northern Coastal Plain) — Harris Farms of Greene County, 70.1 bushels per acre; (Southern Coastal Plain) — Henry Dail of Duplin County, 55 bushels per acre; (Northern Piedmont) — Kevin Matthews of Forsyth County, 76.6 bushels per acre; and (Tidewater) — Ricky Stallings of Perquimans County, 81.7 bushels per acre.

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