Frequently Asked Questions

Who can enter the Yield Challenge?

All growers across Illinois’ nine Crop Reporting Districts can participate in the Yield Challenge – 100-Bushel Contest, Crop District Shootout or Side-by-Side Plots. Manufacturers and input suppliers are encouraged to sponsor and assist growers and students in the Challenge.

Can high schools and colleges compete?

Yes. High school FFA Clubs or College Ag Clubs can enter the traditional Yield Challenge competition. They can compete for the same awards within their district, and the identical rules apply.

Who can be a Third-party Harvest Verifier?

Entrants can recruit a third party to verify the yield in a weigh wagon. The third party may be someone from University of Illinois extension, Illinois Farm Bureau local office, an independent agronomist you work with or someone else who is not directly involved in the project. A farm employee cannot be a verifier. The Yield Challenge Coordinator or ISA’s Director of Strategic Research can validate the verifier you select and record the name and title. Read official rules & guidelines.

How much does it cost to enter?

Entering the Yield Challenge is easy! Registration is $25 per entry. You are welcome to enter as many plots as you like. To start competing in the 2016 Yield Challenge, complete a simple interest form. Then complete the official registration form, due to ISA no later than September 1, 2016. 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.

How do I submit data?

Yield totals and other production data are easy to collect and must be submitted via the 100-Bushel/Crop District Shootout Harvest Form or the Side-by-Side Plot Harvest Form by November 15, 2016, and verified by an approved third party.

When will winners be announced?

Winners will be announced at a special recognition dinner before the Soybean Summit in Peoria, IL.


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