IL Soybean Association Reveals 2013 Yield Challenge Winners

The winners will be recognized at the March 7 Soybean Summit in Peoria.

Published on: Feb 10, 2014

The Illinois Soybean Association will recognize the winners and top achievers of the 2013 Yield Challenge at a special Yield Challenge Achievement Event in Peoria on March 6. 

This event takes place in conjunction with the 2014 Soybean Summit, March 7, at the Peoria Civic Center, where growers will learn tips and strategies for achieving higher soybean yields.

ISA established the Yield Challenge – funded by the Illinois soybean checkoff – in 2010 as a way to help build Illinois' position as a global leader in soybean production.  The competition challenges soybean growers throughout all nine crop reporting districts to set up side-by-side plots: one using traditional methods; the other using new, innovative techniques.  For 2013, 82 plots were completed as part of the Yield Challenge.

IL Soybean Association Reveals 2013 Yield Challenge Winners
IL Soybean Association Reveals 2013 Yield Challenge Winners

In each crop reporting district, the top two growers who achieved the highest percentage yield increase will be recognized for their efforts.  First place winners will be awarded a $500 cash prize, while second place winners will receive $250.  The 2013 winners include:

District  Place    Name                            Yield     Yield Increase

1          1          Jeff Keifer                    64.86    4.08

            2          Chris Gould                   75.53    1.27

2          1          Chuck Diehl                  67.82    2.89

            2          Michael Deutsch            60.37    2.13

3          1          John Adams                 44.18    1.68

4          1          Ken Smiciklas               57.41    11.22

            2          John Breedlove             65.44    7.96

5          1          Everett Meister              51.33    6.43

            2          Richard Adams             59.20    2.29

7          1          Jeff Zick                       59.91    7.24

            2          Don Ikins                      64.67    3.84

Nine growers who achieved the 70- and 80-bushel level also will be recognized:
Terry Miller: 80.3 bushels per acre
Michael Sauber: 80 bushels per acre
Chris Gould: 76.8 bushels per acre
Dan Arkels: 76.6 bushels per acre
Jim Myers: 74.7 bushels per acre
Victor Monk: 72 bushels per acre
Chuck Diehl: 70.7 bushels per acre
Gary Baumhardt: 70.6 bushels per acre
Tom Lutz: 70.6 bushels per acre

Don Guinnip, soybean farmer from Marshall, and ISA Production Committee chair, says, "Illinois was the number one soybean production state with 460.6 million soybean bushels in 2013.  We cannot thank participants enough for the results we have achieved during the past four years.  Innovative crop strategies and technologies tested during the ISA Yield Challenge are making a difference.  Our goal for 2014 is for growers to reach the 100-bushel mark.  It's well within reach, and we look forward to continuing this exchange of strategies and ideas."

Information regarding the 2014 Yield Challenge is available at