Press Release

Illinois Soybean Association Joins Industry Partners in Helping Farmers Defeat Weeds

January 26, 2012

 BLOOMINGTON, ILL – January 27, 2012 – The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) along with industry partners, Monsanto, Dow AgroSciences and BASF, will host three Illinois Weed Resistance Preparedness Training meetings next month.  ISA and its partners want to help soybean farmers around the state prepare, defend and defeat the growing threat posed by weed resistance.

"Weeds are one of the challenges Illinois soybean farmers face every season.  Now, weed resistance is making management even more of a challenge.  We are pleased that our industry partners recognize the importance of providing the best information available to help the state's farmers enhance weed management strategies," says Dean Campbell, soybean farmer from Coulterville, Ill., and ISA board member.

"Herbicide-resistant weeds impact essentially every soybean farmer in Illinois," says Bryan Young, Southern Illinois University Carbondale professor of weed science/agronomy.  "Managing weeds -- such as waterhemp that has resistance to as many as four herbicide modes of action including glyphosate -- has proven to be our greatest challenge yet.  We have seen widespread weed control failure and lost grower profits.  The time is now to gain a better perspective on how we may improve control of herbicide-resistant weeds with comprehensive management plans, and stop reacting to weeds after we have already failed."

The Weed Resistance Preparedness Training meetings will feature university researchers discussing weed resistance history and management techniques specific to Illinois.  Other agenda items include a panel of farmers who will share their first-hand experience with resistant weeds, and an industry tech panel who will focus on the latest tools and technologies to help growers build their own strategic defense plan.

Meetings will be held Feb. 21 at the Holiday Inn in Mt. Vernon, Feb. 22 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Bloomington, and Feb. 28 at the Clock Tower Resort in Rockford.  All attendees must pre-register, as space is limited.  For more information on the meetings and to register, please visit www.weedmgmt.ilsoy.org or call 309-808-3603.

The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) is the statewide membership organization for Illinois soybean farmers.  With support from dues-paying members and corporate partners, ISA lobbies for legislation, regulations and other policies that may affect freedom to operate.  The farmers on the ISA board administer both legislative and membership programs.  The mission is to ensure Illinois soy is the highest quality, most dependable, sustainable and competitive in the global marketplace.  For more information, contact ISA at 309-662-3373, or visit www.ilsoy.org.