ILSoyAdvisor Regional Field Days Help Farmers Reach Higher Yields and Profits


BLOOMINGTON, ILL — JUNE 7, 2016 — The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) checkoff program will host its second annual Field Days at three regional locations this summer.  Local agronomists will join farmers and industry representatives to discuss the latest tools and technologies for high-yielding soybeans at the following dates and locations:


  • Northern region: Tuesday, Aug. 2, Hinckley, Ill.
  • Central region: Wednesday, Aug. 3, Seymour, Ill.
  • Southern region: Thursday, Aug. 4, Benton, Ill.


"If you grow soybeans, you can't afford to miss these events," says John Longley, soybean farmer from Aledo, Ill., and ISA Production Committee chair.  "These field days will take everything growers have been reading about on our blog right to their area. They can hear firsthand from local experts about the technology and practices that are increasing yields and maximizing profits."


Each event will offer advice from agronomy experts, with presentations and hands-on demonstrations about producing higher-yielding soybeans and increasing profits. Topics include:


  • Soybean agronomics
  • Full-season management and high yields
  • LibertyLink soybeans and Liberty herbicide
  • Growth stimulants and yield impact (Hinckley event only)
  • Planting date and maturity group selection (Seymour event only)
  • Soybean fertility (Benton event only)


In addition, attendees will learn more about the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy (NLRS) released in July 2015, and explore ways to manage nutrient loss on their farms.  ISA is dedicated to equipping soybean farmers with knowledge and resources to act sustainably to help meet NLRS goals, while still providing growers with tools for gains in yield and profitability.


"ISA is committed to helping our state's soybean farmers be more successful, competitive and profitable," says Linda Kull, ISA director of strategic research programs.  "Last year's field days were a successful extension of the resource.  We are excited to continue interacting directly with many more farmers this summer at these free, local events."


All events begin at 8 a.m. and conclude by 1 p.m.  Field days are free and include lunch and refreshments.  Each offers four continuing education unit credits (CEUs) for attending certified crop advisers (CCAs).  For detailed information and to RSVP, visit the ILSoyAdvisor Field Days webpage at  Pre-event registration is encouraged, but not mandatory.


The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) represents more than 43,000 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, most dependable, sustainable and competitive in the global marketplace.  For more information, visit the website




For more information contact:


Amy Roady




Mark Ingbritson