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Illinois soybean growers have shown that innovative crop management strategies and technologies are making a difference.  Even with the 2013 weather challenges, Illinois is the number one soybean production state. The USDA’s December 2013 crop production report estimates Illinois farmers raised 460.6 million bushels of soybeans on 9.4 million acres with an average yield of 49 bushels per acre in 2013.

Start Planning for the 2014 Soybean Season Today

The 2014 Yield Challenge will be upon us soon. Be thinking about what your new yield goals will be for the upcoming growing season. Remember the top two soybean growers with the highest percentage increase in yields for their district will be crowned winners and recognized for their achievements. First place winners  receive $500, and second place receive $250. This is a great way to push your soybean production to new levels and have fun along with other growers in your area... so spread the word and help make 2014 our biggest Yield Challenge yet!

Your New Goal. 100 Bushel Soybeans.

Soybeans have remarkable yield potential.  And, if managed for high yield, the additional bushels can be yours. 100 bushel soybeans is possible and within reach. Even in a normal year, 50 to 70 percent of soybean flowers and pods are lost naturally. Imagine the increased yields that could be captured if even a few flowers and pods could be saved. We want Illinois soybean growers to have the highest yields possible and continue to be the growers who harvest soybeans in the number one soybean producing state in the U.S. That’s why we are continuing with the “100 Bushel Challenge,” rewarding the contestant who reaches the highest number of bushels above the 100 bushel per acre mark with $5,000!

Are You Ready to Take the Challenge?

Start rallying your team of local agronomists, crop advisers, industry experts and even other growers in your area to realize the best soybean yield results possible. You can complete a grower signup form online now. A coordinator from the Agricultural Science Club (ASC) at Illinois State University will be in contact to get you fully registered and answer questions. Companies are encouraged to sponsor and work with growers to test new technologies and farming practices. Registration is only $25 per participant!

We also will be posting additional resources on our website such as current crop updates, soybean production tips, and links to soybean research being done to promote crop health and boost overall yield.  If you have any questions or want to check out the Official Guidelines for the Challenge, call (888) 826-4011 or email

2013 Yield Challenge Winners pictured with ISA Chairman Bill Raben and Don Meyer (left to right): Ken Smiciklas, Richard Adams, Tom Lutz, Everett Meister, Gary Baumhardt, John Adams, John Breedlove. Read more about the 2013 Yield Challenge results now.



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The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) represents more than 45,000 soybean farmers in Illinois through the state soybean checkoff and membership efforts. The checkoff funds market development, soybean production and profitability research, promotion, issues management and analysis, communications and education. Membership and advocacy efforts support Illinois soybean farmer interests in local areas, Springfield and Washington, D.C. ISA programs are designed to ensure Illinois soy is the highest quality, most dependable, sustainable and competitive in the global marketplace.