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Illinois Soybean Yield Challenge Update

After almost 10-years running, the Illinois Soybean Association Board of Directors has decided to no longer host the Illinois Soybean Yield Challenge. This was a difficult decision, especially with the 2019 growing season. We are proud of the producers that have participated in the yield challenge, as the new management practices they implemented have allowed growers across the state to increase their yields and profitability. We will continue to house our newsletters, which are full of great tips and tricks from past yield challenge participants, on this website.
    2018 Yield Challenge Winners
    The 2018 soybean season was one for the record books, as was the Yield Challenge Contest with 14 entrees breaking 100 bu/A. The Yield Challenge encourages growers in the pursuit of continuous improvement, for both local communities and a growing world population.
    2017 Yield Challenge Winners
    Several soybean growers topped 90 bu/A in the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) checkoff program’s annual Yield Challenge competition. Now in its seventh year, the Yield Challenge offers farmers four ways to compete—the 100-Bushel Challenge, the Crop District Shootout, Double-Crop challenge and the Side-by-Side Sponsor Plots.
    2016 Yield Challenge Winners
    As production and crop technology innovations continue to grow, farmers are evaluating not only their yields, but their crop strategies to increase yields. Several growers achieved more than 90 bu/A in this year’s annual Yield Challenge competition.
    2015 Yield Challenge Winners
    Illinois soybean farmers participating in the 2015 Yield Challenge’s three shootout competitions racked up some impressive numbers this year. Fifteen participants were recognized for having the highest yields in their respective crop districts.
    2014 Yield Challenge Winners
    The 2014 Illinois Soybean Association Yield Challenge produced the first independently verified 100-plus bushel-per-acre yield in Illinois. This milestone, along with the many achievements highlighted in the Yield Challenge, grew from producers’ desire and willingness to challenge the norms. This year 76 farmers participated in the challenge, and 25 of them joined the 100-Bushel Challenge.

History of the Yield Challenge

The Illinois Soybean Association Yield Challenge began in 2010 with side-by-side plot comparisons. The 100-Bushel Challenge was added in 2014, the District Shootout was added in 2015 and the Double-Crop contest was added in 2017. New in 2018, the Yield Challenge transitioned from 9 Districts to 4 Regions. In the years the program existed, numerous growers reached the century mark in their fields, and more than 1,000 growers have participated. The purpose of the program was to discover and encourage the use of new management practices to help increase yield and profit, and this past 2018 growing season saw 13 growers yield over 100 bushels an acre, the most in any year of the Challenge.