Trial Network

An Opportunity for Illinois Farmers to Discover Agronomic Solutions

The On-Farm Trial Network through the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) is a program for Illinois farmers and organizations interested in participating in field-scale crop trials. The On-Farm Trial Network functions as the bridge between Illinois farms and the research generated by universities and industry experts. On-farm trials are an integral step in translating how small-plot or greenhouse research can apply to cropping environments. They allow for testing across a wider range of weather, soils and locations across Illinois.

Join Our Network

Work with our agronomy team to set up trials on your farm.
Contribute suggestions and ideas for agronomic issues to evaluate.
Be the first to hear about research opportunities.

Types of Trials

Our agronomy team works with farmers and others within the industry to deploy and manage trials belonging to one of three categories:


Long-term strip trials to evaluate the impact of cover crops and tillage on soil health. Currently looking to expand to more sites around the state.


Flexible, replicated trials addressing relevant agronomic issues to provide actionable guidance on topics ranging from pest management to planting rates. They report findings and actionable guidance as soon as possible.


Less intensive trials, providing qualitative insights that provide an opportunity to highlight new products or practices.