Yield Challenge

Registration for
2016 yield challenge
is now closed

Your Mission: Break New Barriers in the 2016 Yield Challenge.

The 2016 Yield Challenge puts farmers at the controls for their mission to yield – and offers the chance to win $5,000 and other cash prizes!

Farmers have three ways to compete – the 100-Bushel Contest, the Crop District Shootout or the Side-by-Side Sponsor Plots. Better rules, more ways to win and the chance to test cutting-edge farming practices – the trifecta of yield-boosting challenges!


Produce 100 Bushels or More. You could win $5000


Three Missions

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100-Bushel Contest

Growers who achieve the greatest qualifying yield over 100 bushels per acre take home the top prize of $5,000. The impossible is possible – two growers so far have proved it with record-breaking 100-bushel+ soybean yields over the last two seasons!

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Crop District Shootout

While growers set their sights on 100 bushels, they also can compete in a second competition with other growers in their crop district for the top yield. First place gets $500. Second place gets $250. Winners will be recognized in all nine crop districts.

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Side-by-Side Sponsor Plots

This contest rewards growers for testing innovative practices (Challenge Plot) against their regular practices (Standard Plot). The grower with the highest percentage yield increase in his or her district gets $500. Second highest gets $250.


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. ISA encourages FFA chapters and college students, through their local clubs, to participate in the Yield Challenge. They may register in their appropriate crop district competition.






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


Is getting involved worth the challenge?


Hear it directly from some Yield Challenge competitors!

New state record

2015 participants

100-Bushel Winner Dan Arkels

Jeff Keifer

Chad Kuenstler

Read official rules & guidelines.



*(1)-$50 Gift Card. One entry per household. Winner will be selected on/near July 16th.