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Interested in testing new practices and comparing how they perform against other fields? Looking to break yield barriers and push pods to their full potential?

The ISA Yield Challenge is the opportunity to experiment with on-farm trials, discover what works best on your soil and compete with your peers in Illinois, all for a chance at cash rewards and bragging rights come harvest.


100-Bushel Challenge

The grower who achieves the largest yield over 100 bushels per acre takes home a $5,000 prize.

Crop District Contest

Growers compete within their district for the top yield. First place receives $500 and second place earns $250. 

Double Crop Competition

Growers who double crop soybeans after wheat or another crop harvested that same season, can now submit a yield entry. Crop Districts 6+7 and 8+9 will be combined into two regions. First place receives $500 and second place earns $250 in each region.

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.


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.

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.


2018 Instructions

Please fill out an interest forms; there is no registration fee. However, if you plan to enter the competition we ask that you email Mike Scheer 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 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, 2018 – Harvest Form submission deadline
  • December 20, 2018 – Yield Challenge winners announced
  • January 10, 2019 – Yield Challenge Awards Banquet


Contact Mike Scheer at (309) 531-2610 or