For the third year in a row, the CHS Elburn high-yield soybean team took first place in District 2 in the Illinois Yield Challenge sponsored by the Illinois Soybean Association.
The nine-member team had the highest yield increases between their “standard” plots and “challenge” plots, says Jeff Keifer, Sales and Precision Agronomics Specialist for CHS Elburn.
“We do large, 40-acre plots. We also try a variety of different practices and inputs to grow high-yield soybeans,” Keifer says. “We brainstorm ideas and try something different. Some ideas work and some don’t.”
The team formed in 2008 as part of an initiative to find ways to soybean yields. When the ISA began hosting the high-yield Challenge in 2010, Keifer says it was a natural step for the team to enter the competition. The team took first place in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
The five-year, group average is 61 bu/acre with a range of 46 to 84.5 bu/acre. This year, the highest yield was just over 73 bu/acre.
According to the ISA, nearly 50 teams and 300 plots contributed to this year’s Challenge. Soybean growers in nine crop districts tested side-by-side plots, using traditional methods in one plot and innovative techniques in the other.
Click here (http://www.soyyieldchallenge.com) for a full list of Challenge winners and more information on the contest.