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ISA Announces 2017 Illinois Yield Challenge Winners; 100-Bushel Yields Continue

December 15, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ISA Announces 2017 Illinois Yield Challenge Winners; 100-Bushel Yields Continue

 

BLOOMINGTON, ILL. - December 15, 2017—Several soybean growers topped 100 bushels per acre (bu/A) in the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) checkoff program’s annual Yield Challenge. Now in its seventh year, the competition offers farmers four ways to compete: 100-Bushel challenge, Crop District challenge, Double-Crop challenge and Side-by-Side trials.
 
“Year after year, we see crop technology and innovations continue to grow,” says Jenny Mennenga, soybean farmer from Le Roy, Ill., and ISA at-large director. “Growers continue to challenge their limits and push their crops to their maximum potential all for the sake of exploration and expanded management strategies. The Yield Challenge encourages that in-field experimentation. It’s an exciting time to be growing soybeans.”
 
For the third year in a row, Robert and Jason Lakey won the 100-Bushel Challenge with a 110.03 bu/A yield on their Champaign County test plot.
 
Honorable mentions include Greg McClure, Lawrence County; and Alvin and Scott Landrey, Montgomery County, who also exceeded the century mark during the 2017 growing season. McClure reached 108.18 and 101.84 bu/A, and the Landreys reached 104.67 bu/A.
 
 The 2017 district winners are:
NAME
DISTRICT
PLACE
YIELD (bu/A)
Dan Luepkes
1
1
95.32
Luke Heaton
1
2
91.52
Daniel Arkels
2
1
88.29
Grant Strom
3
1
94.01
Paul Klein
4
1
99.02
Charles Hickey
4
2
84.47
Joe Klein
5
1
99.31
Mike Trainor
5
2
73.12
Alvin and Scott Landrey
6
1
98.77
Kevin Burrus
6
2
96.43
Greg McClure
7
1
101.84
Travis Albin
7
2
85.10
Matt Krausz
8
1
81.34
Mark Krausz
8
2
78.63
Casey Douglas
9
1
70.24
 
First-place winners of the Crop District challenge who achieved the highest percentage yield increase in each crop reporting district will be awarded $500. Second place winners receive $250.
 
The 2017 Side-by-Side winners are:
 NAME
DISTRICT
bu/A CHECK PLOT
bu/A CHALLENGE PLOT
YC ADVANTAGE
PLACE
Brian Colberg
1
58.74
67.26
8.52
1
John Breedlove
4
63.24
68.34
5.10
1
Dan Vogel
4
76.40
82.00
5.60
2
Mike Trainor
5
64.11
70.20
6.09
1
Keith Pokarney
5
58.28
61.71
3.43
2
 
The Side-by-Side sponsor plots contest rewards growers for testing innovative practices in a challenge plot against their regular practices in a standard plot. The grower with the highest percentage yield increase in his or her district gets $500. Second highest gets $250.
 
The 2017 Double-Crop winners are:
NAME
DISTRICT
PLACE
YIELD (bu/A)
Dan Luepkes
1, 2, 3, 4 & 5
1
75.54
James Garlisch
1, 2, 3, 4 & 5
2
64.31
Chad & Kyle Kuenstler
6 & 7
1
51.20
Matt Krausz
8 & 9
1
55.82
Mark Krausz
8 & 9
2
51.28
 
The Double-Crop challenge rewards growers who double-crop beans after wheat or another crop harvested the same season. First place receives $500 and second place earns $250 in each region.
 
ISA established the Yield Challenge—funded by the ISA checkoff program—in 2010 to help build Illinois’ position as a global leader in soybean production. The competition challenges soybean farmers throughout all nine crop reporting districts to set up side-by-side plots: one using traditional methods; the other using new, innovative techniques.
 
In 2017, 35 farmers participated in the Yield Challenge. Winners and top achievers will be recognized in Springfield, Ill., the evening of Jan. 10, at an awards banquet hosted before the annual Soybean Summit at the Wyndham Springfield City Centre Jan. 11. Farmers are encouraged to visit ILSoyAdvisor.com for valuable information on new soybean management practices and other key updates.
 
The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) checkoff and membership programs represent more than 43,000 soybean farmers in Illinois. The checkoff funds market development, soybean production and profitability research, issues analysis, communications and education. Membership and advocacy efforts support Illinois soybean farmer interests in local areas, Springfield and Washington, D.C., through the Illinois Soybean Growers. ISA programs are designed to ensure Illinois soy is the highest quality, most dependable, sustainable and competitive in the global marketplace. For more information, visit the website www.ilsoy.org.
 
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For more information, contact:
 
Amy Roady
309-808-3610
618-535-7937
 
Cassie Yontz
cyontz@charlestonorwig.com
262-563-5134