The Illinois Soybean Association invites soybean growers across Illinois to take part in the 2013 Yield Challenge.
The ISA Yield Challenge provides growers a platform to test innovative crop management strategies and technologies that could help boost yields. Results from the past three years have consistently generated valuable data and provided growers with opportunities to share information.
The Yield Challenge is proven to be a great source of discovery and collaboration to strategize and test new yield-enhancing production practices and technologies. The benefit of networking and exchanging ideas is vital to our continued success in maximizing soybean yields and profitability.
To enter, all Yield Challenge participants pay a $25 registration fee. Online registration is now open and the last day to register is July 1. Complete details about the Yield Challenge, including information on how it works and online registration forms, can be found at soyyieldchallenge.com. Interested participants also may call (888) 826-4011 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registering for the Yield Challenge is easy. A two-step process requires payment of the registration fee first. Then upon completion of payment submission, a confirmation screen will ask you to complete the registration form.
Individual growers can now enter
New changes to the Yield Challenge have been made this year; the most important change is that there are no official teams or captains. Each soybean grower can register and compete in the Challenge as an individual. In addition, all entrants can be assisted by their own agronomist to help with plots and can find their own product or technology sponsor(s). The Illinois State University Agriculture Science Club will serve as Yield Challenge Coordinator to help growers with registration, plot data collection and submission. ISA will approve the harvest Verifier, who will monitor the plot harvest and provide bags to collect soybean samples to measure for oil and protein content.
Soybean growers in each district who see the highest percent increase in yields will be awarded – first place will receive $500 and second place will receive $250. All winners also will receive a certificate and recognition at the annual Illinois Commodity Conference.
ISA is also sponsoring its first 100 Bushel Challenge in 2013. Soybean growers interested in competing in the 100 Bushel Challenge must sign up for the regular Yield Challenge and have two side by side plots. August 1 is the deadline for indicating that you also want to participant in the 100 Bushel Challenge. However, breaking the 100 bushel ceiling will require more planning and management, so make plans early to work with your experts on strategies to reach that 100 bushel goal. An award of $5,000 will be issued to the entrant with the greatest yield over 100 bushels per acre. All winners will also receive a certificate and recognition at the annual Illinois Commodity Conference.
College students and FFA chapters also are invited to compete in a separate Challenge, thereby encouraging them to learn about more effective crop production techniques as well. Winning teams will be recognized for their participation and achievements. Both the college and FFA categories will receive a first place award of $1,000 and a second place award of $500. Team awards will be donated to their college or FFA chapter.
Source: Illinois Soybean Association