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Frequently Asked Questions

Growers can enter the Yield Challenge on their own or with an industry rep/sponsor.

All growers across Illinois’ four regions can participate in the Yield Challenge. Manufacturers, input suppliers and retailers are encouraged to assist growers in the Challenge. "Sponsors" can include agronomists, ag retailers, distributors or manufacturers. We encourage growers to reach out to agronomists and crop advisers to try new practices.

Yes. High school FFA chapters, 4-H clubs or college ag clubs can enter any category in the Yield Challenge competition. They can compete for the same awards within their region, and the same rules apply.

All entries will be verified by an official ISA Yield Challenge verifier. The Yield Challenge Coordinator will help you to schedule your plot harvest with the closest ISA Yield Challenge Verifier. Before plot harvest begins, the verifier must ensure the entrant has emptied the combine, cart, wagon or truck. Carts, wagons and trucks will be weighed while empty on a certified scale to record tare weight. Harvested beans must be on a certified commercial scale. The original scale ticket must be submitted with the Harvest Entry Form and signed by the official ISA Yield Challenge verifier. The ISA Yield Challenge Verifier will also work with you to fill out the management practices on the Yield Challenge Entry Form. In order to remain eligible for the challenge, all management practices for the harvested area must be recorded on the Yield Challenge Entry form.

All submissions must be submitted utilizing the Harvest Entry Form (downloadable PDF or online entry form) by November 15. The entry form will not be accepted without the signed copy of the certified scale ticket or if management practices are missing.

There is no cost to enter.

The Yield Challenge is FREE, so find some land and sign on up!

No early entry is required in 2019 and a single harvest form must be submitted by November 15, 2019. However, if you are contemplating entering please complete the interest form online.

Entry information, yield totals and other production data must be submitted via the appropriate Harvest Entry Form. It must also be verified and signed by an approved third party. Download and complete the appropriate harvest form(s) online by November 15, 2019. All forms must be submitted electronically. Please scan and email forms to yieldchallenge@ilsoy.org.

You will receive an email confirmation that the forms were received. Keep the original form for your records.

Winners will be announced in December. Winners will be recognized and presented their awards at the annual ILSoyAdvisor Soybean Summit.

November 15, 2019 – Harvest Entry Form Submission Deadline


December 20, 2019 – Yield Challenge Winners Announced


February 2020 – Award winners recognized at annual ILSoyAdvisor Soybean Summit - official date TBD