Press Release

Illinois Reclaims Title of Top Soybean-Producing State

November 26, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, ILL –November 26, 2013–Illinois has regained the title of top soybean-producing state for the first time since 2003, according to USDA estimates.
 
“We’re proud this is happening in the same year we celebrate 100 years of Illinois soybean production and the 50th anniversary of the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA),” says Bill Raben, soybean farmer from Ridgway, Ill., and ISA chairman.  “ISA has set the goal to utilize 600 million bushels of Illinois soybeans annually by 2020, so now that we have reached this important milestone, it’s time to keep the momentum.”
 
The USDA Crop Production Report released Nov. 8 estimates Illinois farmers raised 460.6  million bushels of soybeans in 2013 on 9.4 million acres with an average yield of 49 bushels per acre.  Iowa ranked second in terms of total production with 415.3 million bushels raised on 9.23 million acres and an average yield of 45 bushels per acre. In the drought year of 2012, USDA estimated Illinois soybean farmers raised 383.99 million bushels.
 
“While it’s true that weather was more in our favor this year than last, better management practices do make a difference in increasing yields,” Raben says.  “To help soybean farmers reach the 600-million-bushel goal, ISA invests checkoff funds in research, reaching new markets, education, agronomic resources and community outreach to help farmers increase yields and profit.”
 
The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) represents more than 45,000 soybean farmers in Illinois through the state soybean checkoff and membership efforts.  The checkoff funds market development, soybean production and profitability research, promotion, issues management and analysis, communications and education.  Membership and advocacy efforts support Illinois soybean farmer interests in local areas, Springfield and Washington, D.C.  ISA programs are designed to ensure Illinois soy is the highest quality and the most dependable, sustainable and competitive in the global marketplace.  For more information, visit the website www.ilsoy.org.
 
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For more information, contact:
Amy Roady
roadya@ilsoy.org
309-808-3610
309-663-7692
618-535-7937