Are You Ready to Unleash the
Potential of Your Soybeans?
Start Planning for the 2014 Soybean Season Today
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. So, congratulations to all of our Illinois soybean growers for a great year!
2013 Year End Data Reports & Winners
Yield data for Challenge plots is being calculated and the winners will be recognized at the 2014 Illinois Soybean Summit in Effingham on February 6th. Even though the November 15 deadline has passed for entering data to be considered for winners, the Yield Challenge website is still open and data can still be entered. We encourage all Yield Challenge growers to enter as much of their yield data as possible so we can see yield trends and track the success of techniques and crop management practices used this year.
Challenge Yourself & Your Neighbors in 2014
It’s also time to start gearing up for the 2014 Yield Challenge. While online registration doesn’t start until April 15, we want you to 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 bushes can be yours. While 100 bushel soybeans is a progressive goal, it 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?
Be watching our website for the latest news on the 2014 Yield Challenge. Registration begins April 15, 2014, so 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. 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 email@example.com.