Soybean superstar Kip Cullers was in big demand by the media on Tuesday in the thriving metropolis of Stark City, Missouri when the governor honored him for once again breaking the soybean yield record on his contest plot with 160.6 bushels per acre.
I waited until everyone had their turn before doing my interview with Kip, and enlisting the help of his 11-year-old son Noah as my videographer. Noah is the oldest of Kip and his wife Michelle’s three children and Kip says he’s very smart and loves school. He was also a big help to me, watching the video camera during the presentation while I ran around taking photos and handling the audio portion of the program.
Kip talks briefly in this interview about how he “changed it up” this year. “We had two goals – control the white mold and control the height and we were able to accomplish both of those,” he said. “As you can see these beans are a lot shorter than normal,” he said, showing off a sample plant from his contest field. On the advice of BASF Technical Service rep Dennis Belcher, Kip used Cobra herbicide from Valent to kill the main growing point of the soybean and cause it to branch out.
Of course, he used BASF Headline fungicide for overall plant health, “keeping that plant alive, happy and healthy.” BASF is encouraging everyone to send Kip congratulations on his new yield record by going to the SuperSoy landing tab on the BASF Crop Protection Facebook page and upload your personal message of congratulations to Kip Cullers. You can also send congrats through Twitter using hashtag #SuperSoy. BASF will present Kip with an album of all the congratulations received during Commodity Classic 2011.
Kip Cullers 2010 Soybean Record Photos
Listen to my interview with Kip here: Kip Cullers Interview
Watch the video that Noah shot here: