BLOOMINGTON, ILL – December 17, 2013 – The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) is hosting its 2014 Soybean Summit at two different locations and on two different dates next year.  The first will take place Feb. 6, 2014, at the Keller Convention Center in Effingham, Ill.  The second will take place March 7, 2014, at the Peoria Civic Center in Peoria, Ill.
 
Funded in part by the Illinois soybean checkoff, both one-day Summits will encourage participants in the soybean production industry to examine and explore various soybean management techniques that can lead to higher yields and greater profitability.
 
"The Soybean Summit is the fastest growing educational event of its kind in Illinois," says Bill Raben, soybean farmer from Ridgway, Ill., and ISA chairman. "This year, discussion is all about boosting yields and helping farmers reach that 100-bushel-per-acre mark."
 
Beginning at 7:30 a.m., soybean growers from across the state will gather with representatives from nearly every major crop input supplier and manufacturer.  The agendas for each event are packed with valuable learning and networking opportunities, as well as an on-site trade show.
 
Key sessions for the Feb. 6 Effingham 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
Key sessions for the March 7 Peoria Summit include:
  • Markets & Outlook – Does the World Really Want All the Soybeans You Want To Grow? -- Bryce Knorr, Senior Editor, Farm Futures
  • Strategies for Weather Volatility -- Bryce Anderson, DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist
  • Sustainable Soybean Production Built on Soil Productivity -- Jerry Hatfield, Lab Director, USDA-ARS National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment
  • Strategies for Producing 100 Bushel Soybeans – Matt and Sherrie Kay Miles, 100+ bu./acre Arkansas soybean producers
Four breakout sessions also will be offered at the events.  The Peoria Summit will cover soybean management topics such as cover crops, soil management, fertility and soil health.  The Effingham Summit will cover "Six Secrets of Soybean Success," soybean fertility and seed treatments and the best agronomics for producing soybeans in lighter southern Illinois soils.
 
"We're excited to have two Arkansas growers who have surpassed the 100-bushel-per-acre yield in 2013 speaking at the Summits," says Don Guinnip, soybean farmer from Marshall, Ill., and ISA Production Committee chairman.  "This will be a great opportunity to learn how our friends from the south achieved this milestone."
 
The Illinois Soybean Summit is free to Illinois growers.  Online registration for both events is available at www.soyyieldchallenge.com or by calling 888-826-4011.  The registration deadline for the Effingham event is Jan. 24, 2014, and for the Peoria event is Feb. 21, 2014.  All attendees also are eligible to win a Gateway All-In-One computer.
 
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 www.ilsoy.org.
 
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For more information, contact:
Amy Roady
309-808-3610
309-663-7692
618-535-7937
 
Bruce Helling
McDaniels Marketing
309-346-4230