Calling All Soybean Growers

Calling All Soybean Growers
Emerson Nafziger, Extension Agronomist - University of Illinois

by Emerson Nafziger

January 16, 2017 - A year ago I asked Illinois soybean growers and those who work with growers to help on a large project, funded by soybean checkoff funds by the North Central Soybean Research, designed to gather a small set of information on more than 500 soybean fields in Illinois for each crop year from 2014 through 2017. We appreciate that some of you provided information, but we ended up with less than a quarter of the fields we needed for the 2014 and 2015 seasons. This is a request for help in getting many more fields in the database.

The most useful way I’ve heard this project described is as a “search to find what we should work on next” with regard to soybean research. The goal is to have thousands of fields in a large database, then to see how soil, weather, and management interact to produce yield.

To help make it easy for people to provide this information, we revised the forms and posted them as PDF forms, available at – if you want the fillable (PDF) forms please email me or email The forms can be emailed back or printed and returned by mail.

We are also encouraging participation by offering a $50 gift card in exchange for filled-out forms. The gift card request form is included in the group of forms, and can be returned with them. It would be great if FFA and college students could get experience taking part in a scientific study and also earn a reward for their efforts.

The forms include an example with some brief instructions, one form for each crop year (2014, 2015, and 2016), and the gift card request. Most producers or their advisers have enough information to fill these out a form (4 fields per year) in 15 or 20 minutes.

If you have questions about this, or if you’d like forms mailed instead of downloading them, please contact or me by email. Thanks in advance for your help.