The 2010 Soybean Yield Challenge signup deadline has been extended to April 15 to allow individual growers and teams more time to make decisions in case this year's planting is delayed.
The new deadline also gives farmers and teams more time to determine what varieties they want to plant, plot locations and other factors.
"The 2010 Yield Challenge is a unique opportunity for participants to help make history for soybean yields and growers in Illinois," explains Jim Nelson, Illinois Soybean Association Yield Challenge coordinator. "There's no other effort created to unify farmer research like this. Plus, the opportunities to connect and compare results during and after the Challenge will be unlike anything we've ever done before."
Nelson also announced that the 2010 Yield Challenge has been enhanced to enable more interaction with team captains and participants. For example, participants will be able to send their photos and videos to ISA's communications manager, Amy Roady, at firstname.lastname@example.org – videos will then be posted to a dedicated Yield Challenge YouTube channel with photos being posted to the Yield Challenge website, www.soyyieldchallenge.com. In addition, regular updates will be available on Twitter at ilsoyyield.
"During a recent team meeting, we also decided to take Yield Challenge on the road with training sessions for participants who may have questions," Nelson adds.
Farmers, students and potential team sponsors are encouraged to attend one of these sessions even if they haven't signed up yet so they can learn more about the program.
Training sessions have been scheduled for:
- March 29 at Heartland Community College in Normal
- March 30 at the Holiday Inn in Mt. Vernon
- March 31 at Kishwaukee College in Malta
- All the meetings will be held from 8:30 a.m. until noon, with opportunities for hands-on web training for greater interaction.