on those Apex. I should have entered them into the Ohio Soybean Contest. They wouldn't beat Vinton 81's for protein but I think they might stomp them in yield. I had two acres that could win this year and I might have two acres left. I have some deep, dark Sloan Silt Loam in the back that are still a little green and heavy.
Dr. Cooper, you would be proud of your bean. Your semi dwarf Apex would rival anything I could have planted. My neighbor Ed was tickled with his first farm average of 70 bushels which is really good where these farms are located. They were Pioneer Y91's and really looked good and cut nicely. That was the first field planted around Martinsville and it paid off handsomely.
The Apex are not for the light of heart. Your field must be level and you really need a header like a draper head to scoop them all up. They put a ton of pods on, five branches in 7.5 inch rows for me. I didn't have the field level enough and left a few pods on the ground but boy did they yield. If you want any for seed, Scott Apple has 300 acres that are probably even better than mine. If you need contact information, let me know. I have his cell phone number and you should decide right now how many you want to plant and tell him so by next April they are in your barn and ready to plant.
They yielded near 60 bushels on the very poorest ground on this new farm. The good ground they will do 30-40 bushels better than that. You do have 100 bushel yield potential just like Dr. Cooper found 20 years ago. If you follow John Haggard's or Jeff Littrell's system they will really crank out the beans like did for Keith Schlapkohl and myself.
I will have a protein test from them in the next week. They are a little lower in protein and a little higher in oil content than other non GMO's. I am curious to see if I produced more than 35% protein, the cut-off area for most non GMO premiums. They can make up in yield what they lack in protein, at least they did for me this year.
Today I might get to plant a little of that new Ohio variety of soft red winter wheat named Lion I told you about. I will see if I can get it to roar like the seed field I inspected in May where my seed is coming from. He sold all the seed off 90 acres so it paid to get my order in early.
SabrEx and radish will help that variety or any variety make more and better quality wheat here.