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Date: April 30, 2015
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Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board Invites Farmers to Enter the 2015 Soybean Yield Contest

Madison, WI, April 30, 2015—It’s time to enter the sixth annual Wisconsin Soybean Yield Contest for cash prizes and trophies. The Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board knows that the state’s farmers are producing soybeans more efficiently year after year and wants to recognize their efforts and achievements. Dr. Shawn Conley, University of Wisconsin-Extension Soybean Specialist says, “The State Soybean Yield Contest is the perfect opportunity for Wisconsin farmers to test their new, innovative management practices to increase yields.  Wisconsin farmers continue to produce more soybeans for the ever increasing need for food and feed around the world.” 

To enter the Wisconsin Soybean Yield Contest, a farmer must complete the contest entry form available at www.coolbean.info by October 15, 2015 and follow up with Harvest Report Forms by November 20, 2015. Two winners from each of four geographical divisions in the state will receive awards. The first place award in each division includes a $1,000 cash prize; second-place honors include a $500 prize. Winners will be selected for having the highest soybean yield based on bushels per acre at 13% moisture. The awards ceremony is scheduled for February 4, 2016 during the Corn/Soy Expo in Wisconsin Dells.

Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board, the Wisconsin Soybean Association, University of Wisconsin-Extension, and UW College of Agricultural and Life Sciences are sponsors of the contest and encourage Wisconsin soybean farmers to enter this sixth annual contest. The contest supports the development of new, innovative management practices and shows the importance of sound agricultural practices in Wisconsin soybean production.
 
For entry information and additional details about the contest, Wisconsin soybean farmers can call Dr. Shawn Conley at 608.262.7975, e-mail him at spconley@wisc.edu, or visit the website at www.coolbean.info. To learn more about the Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board and its work, visit the website at www.wisoybean.org.
 
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The Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board (WSMB) is a grassroots, farmer-led organization that leads efforts in soybean research and the expansion of soybean market opportunities. Established in 1983 as part of a Wisconsin-mandated checkoff, the board works every day to maximize the profitability of Wisconsin soybean producers. It builds soybean demand, creates new uses for soybeans, and focuses on soybean disease research. WSMB is committed to providing statewide soy education and outreach programs that inform consumers about the benefits of soy. It offers a comprehensive soy curriculum for educators, and partners with the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom to provide Soybean Science Kits and lessons that increase agricultural literacy.