BLOOMINGTON, ILL – January 20, 2014 – Members of the media are encouraged to attend the Illinois Soybean Association's (ISA) 2013 Yield Challenge Achievement Event and the 2014 Illinois Soybean Summit, Feb. 5-6, at the Holiday Inn Effingham in Effingham, Ill.  The hotel is co-located with the Thelma Keller Convention Center in Effingham.
ISA launched the Yield Challenge program in 2010 to provide a platform for Illinois soybean farmers, college and FFA teams to test their farming practices and try new technologies.  Participants and their sponsors together strategize and explore new methods for increasing yields and overall profitability, while gathering valuable data used to generate recommended tactics for future production years.
The 2013 Yield Challenge participants and sponsors will be recognized during the Feb. 5 event, beginning at 6 p.m. with a reception, dinner and program.  In addition to short presentations, winning participants will be announced and their awards presented by Linda Kull, ISA director of strategic research programs.  Several high-yield awards also will be presented.
Key sessions for the Feb. 6 Soybean Summit include:
  • Strategies For Producing 100 Bushel Soybeans -- Eddie Tackett, 100+ bu./acre Arkansas soybean producer
  • Technologies to Improve Soybean Production -- Willie Vogt, Corporate Editorial Director, Farm Progress Companies
  • Secrets to Being a Successful Double-Crop Soybean Producer -- Kelly Robertson, KR Farms
  • Markets & Outlook – Does the World Really Want All the Soybeans You Want To Grow? -- Bryce Knorr, Senior Editor, Farm Futures
Four breakout sessions also will be offered, including "Six Secrets of Soybean Success," soybean fertility and seed treatments and tips for producing soybeans in lighter southern Illinois soils.
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, most dependable, sustainable and competitive in the global marketplace. For more information, visit the website
For more information, contact:
Amy Roady
Bruce Helling
McDaniels Marketing