Yield Challenge

Break New Barriers in the 2017 Yield Challenge.

The ILSoyAdvisor.com Yield Challenge encourages growers to try new ideas to improve soybean yields while competing for awards and recognition.

Farmers have three ways to compete—the Crop District Contest, Side-by-Side Comparison Plots or 100-Bushel Contest.

Who can enter?

Growers can enter the Yield Challenge on their own or with a sponsor. Sponsors can include agronomists, ag retailers, distributors or manufacturers. Sponsors often recruit growers to test either a single product or combination of products. We encourage growers to reach out to agronomists and crop advisers to try new practices.


100-Bushel Challenge

The grower who achieves the largest yield over 100 bushels per acre takes home a $5,000 prize. One state-wide winner will be selected. 

Crop District Contest

Growers compete within their district for the top yield. First place receives $500 and second place earns $250. Winners are recognized in all nine crop districts.

Side-by-Side Comparison Plots

Growers compare standard practices (control plot) with improved practices (test plot). The grower with the highest percentage yield increase in their district receives $500, while second highest receives $250. Winners are recognized in all nine crop districts.


Students Are Welcome to Compete

The Yield Challenge provides a great opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience in innovative and effective crop production techniques. We encourage FFA chapters, 4-H clubs and college ag clubs to participate. They may register in their appropriate crop district competition.


2016 Yield Challenge Winners—awardees gathered in Peoria to be recognized for their achievements. Pictured here are some of the 2016 Challenge winners.


2017 Instructions

There are no early entrance forms or interest forms required and there is no registration fee. However, if you plan to enter the competition we ask that you email Dan Davidson with your name, county and category being entered. 

One entry/harvest form is due November 15. 

All forms must be submitted electronically. Please complete, 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. 

More Information

Subscribe to the Yield Challenge Monthly Newsletter to keep up-to-date on the program, activities and pending actions.


  • November 15, 2017 – harvest form submission deadline
  • December 20, 2017 – announcement of winners
  • February 2018 – Yield Challenge Awards Banquet


  • Yield Challenge Guidelines
  • Crop District Contest Harvest Form
  • Side-by-Side Harvest Form
  • 100-Bushel Harvest Form


Contact Dan Davidson at (309) 533-8085 or davidsond@ilsoy.org.