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Ozarks Farmer Breaks World Record for Soybean Yield

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An Ozarks resident has broken his own world record...and his achievement is shining light on one of Missouri’s most important areas of agriculture. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore has details.

According to Governor Jay Nixon’s office, Kip Cullers, who lives near Purdy in southwest Missouri, has set a new world record for his yield of soybeans. His farm produced a record 160.6 bushels of soybeans per acre—that broke his old record from three years ago by around 6 bushels per acre.A typical Missouri acre yields about one fourth that amount.The governor visited Cullers’ field in Stark City and presented him with the Governor’s Award for Agricultural Achievement, which honors outstanding farmers.Missourians might not be aware that soybeans are Missouri’s number one cash crop. Missouri ranks fifth in the nation for its soybean acreage—with a total of 5.3 million acres harvested last year. The Show-Me State is also moving more toward producing soy biodiesel—that’s a renewable alternative fuel made by combining soybean oil with methanol.Cullers has been farming for about 20 years; in addition to soybeans, he farms cattle, hay and poultry.For KSMU News, I’m Jennifer Moore.

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Missouri Soybean Association