ISA Yield Challenge

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

The teams for the second annual Yield Challenge – sponsored by the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) and funded by the Illinois soybean checkoff – are now in place. The nearly 50 teams are comprised of more than 300 participants who will work together in nine districts across Illinois as they strive to improve soybean yields. In addition to maximizing yield, they also will gather data to benefit researchers and other soybean growers.

"The Yield Challenge is a valuable learning opportunity for soybean growers and the industry as a whole," explained Ross Prough, an ISA At-Large Director and captain of the ISA District 6 team. "Because there is a control plot and a challenge plot, you can really see how different farming methods impact yield, plant health and overall soybean quality. Last year's Challenge resulted in an average yield increase of 5.2 percent; we are confident we can do even better this year!"

ISA established the Yield Challenge to help make Illinois soybean growers the global leader in soybean yields. The teams farm side-by-side plots using traditional techniques on one and innovative practices on the other. At pre-established intervals throughout the growing season, the teams will collect details about their plots, including specifics on seed type and variety, weed and insect infestation, and fungicide and insecticide usage. This information is analyzed to generate recommendations for future production years.

Many companies, schools and FFA chapters support the Yield Challenge by sponsoring one or more teams. This year's sponsors include Ag Land FS; Asgrow; BASF; Bayer CropScience; Brandt Consolidated, Inc.; Brimfield Agri Services; BRT AG & Turf; Chem Gro, Inc.; CPS; Dieterich FFA; Effingham Clay FS; Elburn Co-Op; Gallatin County High School FFA; GRAINCO FS, Inc.; GROWMARK, Inc.; Helena Chemical Company; Heyworth FFA; Hintzsche; Illinois Central College; Illinois State University; Joliet Junior College; Kaneland High School FFA; LG Seeds; Lincoln Land FS, Inc.; M&M Service Company; Minooka FFA; Monsanto; Peine, Inc.; Pioneer; Putnam County High School FFA; Rosen's Inc.; Shipman Elevator Company; Sipcam Agro; Southern Illinois University; Stine Seed Company; StollerUSA; Stone Seed Group; Sunrise Ag Service Company; Syngenta; Teutopolis FFA; University of Illinois; Vinson Seed Service; West Central FS, Inc.; Western Illinois University and Winfield Solutions, LLC. For more information about the ISA Yield Challenge, please visit or contact Yield Challenge Coordinator Jim Nelson at (309) 825-7542 or

About the Illinois Soybean Association

The Illinois Soybean Association is the statewide organization for Illinois soybean growers.  The farmers on its board administer soybean checkoff funds to support research, promotions, and educational programs designed to increase demand for Illinois soybeans and administer legislation and membership programs. For more information, visit: