Your Mission: Help Farmers Achieve 100-Bushel Soybeans!

As a Yield Challenge sponsor company, you have the chance to play a vital role in advancing the potential of Illinois soybeans. Two farmers have broken the 100-bushel mark – and that’s just the beginning. With your help, think of the possibilities! Become part of the success strategy.

Which organizations are eligible to be sponsors?

Sponsorship opportunities are open to any kind of business that serves Illinois soybean farmers (e.g., equipment manufacturers, seed distributors, crop consultants, agricultural chemical and fertilizer companies, etc.).

Who do I partner with?

Illinois farmers are always willing to test out new techniques and practices. Companies partner with farmers they have existing relationships with, or let ISA help connect them.

Will being a sponsor help my organization?

Sponsoring a Yield Challenge farmer provides your organization immeasurable visibility, plus the added benefits of:

  • Gaining solid, proven and measurable results on new practices or strategies.
  • Establishing a meaningful, ongoing working relationship with valued customers, potential customers or students by working toward a common goal.
  • Acquiring useful field data and cropping history to provide additional education of current and potential customers.
  • Being part of a multi-year effort to increase soybean yields in Illinois and maximize farmer profitability and investments in soybean production research.

How do I become a sponsor?

Becoming a sponsor is easy! It only costs $25 to enter each grower (per entrant, per plot). You are welcome to sponsor as many plots as you like. You can start by completing a sponsor form by July 1 just so we know “you’re in!" The grower must submit the official registration form 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. Entry forms are due on or before September 1, 2016. Then they can start testing production techniques, technologies, products and more in Illinois fields. At harvest, you work with each grower to complete a verified harvest form, and you’re good to go.


Call or email Jim Nelson, Yield Challenge Coordinator, at (309) 825-7542 or jnelson@ilsoy.org.

Read official rules & guidelines.