ISA Challenges Illinois Farmers to Become Soybean Masters at 2015 Summit


BLOOMINGTON, ILL – December 16, 2014 – The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) is hosting its 2015 Soybean Summit, "Soybean Masters," at two different locations and dates next year.  The first will be held Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, at the Keller Convention Center in Effingham, Ill.  The second will take place Friday, March 6, 2015, at the Peoria Civic Center in Peoria, Ill.


Funded in part by the Illinois soybean checkoff, both one-day events will encourage soybean farmers and other production industry participants to examine and explore various management techniques that can lead to higher soybean yields and greater profitability, including:

  • Developing habits to become a "soybean master."
  • Discovering new trends and techniques that can help boost yield potential.
  • Finding new ways to overcome production challenges.
  • Learning how Illinois soybean farmers can meet growing demand.


"No matter what part of Illinois you farm in or soil you have to work with, the bar for soybean yields is being reset," says Bill Raben, soybean farmer from Ridgway, Ill., and ISA chairman.  "In 2014, farmers across the state proved larger yields are possible – including Dan Arkels from Peru, Ill., who harvested a record-breaking 103.95 bushels per acres on his 30-acre ISA Soybean Yield Challenge test plot in LaSalle County.  This year's Summit will continue the discussion about boosting yields and helping more farmers reach that 100-bushel mark."


The agendas for each event are packed with valuable learning and networking opportunities, as well as on-site trade shows.  Participants may exchange thoughts with other farmers, as well as interact with consultants and representatives from suppliers and manufacturers.  


Key sessions for the Jan. 30 Effingham Summit include:

  • Become a Soybean Master -- David Holshouser, Virginia Tech
  • Q&A Farmer Panel: Producing High-Yield Soybeans in Illinois -- Dan Arkels, LaSalle County farmer and 2014 plot yield leader and other soybean leaders
  • What Market Signals Say about Production in 2015 and How to be Profitable -- Brent Gloy, economist and farmer


Key sessions for the March 6 Peoria Summit include:

  • What Market Signals Say about Production in 2015 and How to be Profitable -- Steve Johnson, Iowa State University
  • Will 2015 Weather Be a Repeat of '12, '13 or '14?  How Best to Prepare -- Elywnn Taylor, Iowa State University
  • Q&A Farmer Panel: It Takes a Team; Producing 100-bushel Soybeans in Illinois  -- Dan Arkels, LaSalle County farmer and 2014 plot yield leader and other soybean leaders


"We're excited to have Dan Arkels share the techniques he used on the way to reaching 100-bushel soybeans in Illinois at both Summits," says Don Guinnip, soybean farmer from Marshall, Ill., and ISA Production Committee chairman.  "This is a great opportunity to learn first-hand techniques that can help you achieve higher yields."


Four breakout sessions will be offered at the events.  The Effingham Summit will cover managing Palmer amaranth and waterhemp, selecting the right seed treatments, managing soybeans in Southern Illinois, and developing a double-crop soybean program.  Peoria breakouts include variety placement, on-farm research for producing high-yield soybeans, developing habits of a high-yield farmer, and developing a foundation for a solid agronomy program.


The Illinois Soybean Summit is free to Illinois farmers, agronomists and others in the soybean production industry.  Online registration is available at or by calling 888-826-4011.  The registration deadline for Effingham is Jan. 13, and for Peoria is Feb. 22, 2015.


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




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