Soybean Growers’ Mission: Higher Yields

Farmers across all nine Illinois Crop Reporting Districts have a singular mission: higher yields. The 2016 Yield Challenge presents the ultimate opportunity to accomplish their goals by strategizing and examining new methods and products – and walking away with cash rewards for their efforts.

Who can compete in the Challenge?

Any grower (owner-operator, tenant or tenant-landlord team) who produces soybeans within Illinois state boundaries is eligible to compete in all three Yield Challenge contests. You are welcome to enter as many plots as you like. Manufacturers and input suppliers also are encouraged to sponsor and assist growers in the Challenge.



Can students compete?

Yes, students are welcome to compete – it’s a great opportunity to gain hands-on experience in innovative crop production. FFA chapters and college students, through their local clubs, can participate in the Yield Challenge. Simply register in your appropriate crop district competition.

Which competition should I enter?

The 2016 Challenge offers multiple ways to win and provides entrants the opportunity to enter all three competitions and reap the rewards:

100-Bushel Challenge to win $5,000.

Crop District Shootout to take home $500 or $250 for being one of the top two yielders in a district.

Side-by-Side Plot Challenge to walk away with $500 or $250 for being one of the top two growers to have the highest percentage yield increase in a district.

How do I enter?

Entering the Yield Challenge is easy! Registration is $25 per entry. You are welcome to enter as many plots as you like. You can start by completing a general interest form by July 1 just so we know “you’re in!" Then complete the official registration form, Mail Entry Form(s) and entry fee(s) of $25 for each entry to ATTN: Yield Challenge; Illinois Soybean Association; 1605 Commerce Parkway; Bloomington, IL 61704. Make checks payable to the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA). If you prefer to use a credit card, please call the ISA office at 309-663-7692. Entry forms are due on or before September 15, 2016. Yield totals and other production data are easy to collect and must be submitted via the harvest forms below by November 15, 2016, and verified by an approved third party.




Call or email Jim Nelson, Yield Challenge Coordinator, at (309) 825-7542 or

Read official rules & guidelines.