Soybean harvest

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — With the 2018 season setting records in Illinois and other states, it is no surprise several producers topped 100 bushels per acre in the Illinois Soybean Association checkoff program’s annual Yield Challenge competition.

In its eighth year, 66 entries were considered for top honors in four contests — the 100-Bushel Challenge, Crop Region Contest, Double-Crop Challenge and Side-by-Side Contest.

“We always are learning new management practices and techniques that allow us to produce soybeans more sustainably than before,” Lynn Rohrscheib, soybean farmer from Fairmount, Illinois, and ISA chairwoman, said in a news release from the group.

Taking the top honor and out- yielding last year’s winner by less than a bushel, Paul Klein of Seymour, Illinois, won the 100-Bushel Challenge with 110.94 bu./acre on his Champaign County field. In the irrigated category, Greg McClure broke the century mark with 110.19 bu./acre.

The 2018 Crop Region Contest winners are:

  • Dan Luepkes, Chana, Region 1, 103.46 bu./acre
  • Chuck Walsh, Bement, Region 2, 112.48
  • Ken Elmore, Waggoner, Region 3, 108.31
  • Mark and Matt Krausz, New Baden, Region 4, 90.22

The 2018 Side-by-Side Contest winners are:

  • Bob Jodts, Geneseo, check yield: 88.73 bu., challenge yield: 89.02
  • John Breedlove, Manito, check yield: 56.43, challenge yield: 68.26
  • Brian Mansfield, Woodson, check yield: 76.4, challenge yield: 85.7

The 2018 Double-Crop Challenge winners are:

  • James Kight-Garlisch, Delavan, 62.68 bu./acre
  • Matt and Mark Krausz, New Baden, 64.94