Yield, Composition and Profitability

It’s time to see soybeans for what they really are – a high-value crop that benefits from time, effort and innovation.

Once you embrace this idea, you’ll soon realize a better return on your investment!


More profit is the top priority for most farmers. That’s why Illinois soybean checkoff funds are invested in programs to help you enhance your operation – from production through grain marketing and ultimately to managing your entire business.

Employ More Effective Production Practices

The first step toward harvest each year should be the development of a solid cropping plan. However, your plan should not focus solely on yield but also on your potential return. The following tools, articles and audiocast provide you with tips for taking your crop yields to the next level:

ILSoyAdvisor Regional Field Days

Save the dates: July 19 -20, 2017.

ILSoyAdvisor.com Webinar Series

This checkoff-funded series highlights best management practices in soybean production and offers practical tips for improving yields and profitability in the 2015 growing season. Recaps of our webinar series available here.

Take Action Against Herbicide-Resistant Weeds

It’s time to rethink weed control. To think beyond a single season and work towards long-term solutions. Take Action is a checkoff-funded, industry-wide partnership that can help you learn how to diversify your weed control techniques to fight herbicide resistance.

When Yield Matters, Management Matters

ISA gathered important, local management tips to help you increase yields and profits on your farm. Listen to short audio clips for advice from soybean experts and review key points to implement this growing season.

North Central Soybean Research Project

The North Central Soybean Research Program (NCSRP) was established in 1992 by state checkoff organizations in the North Central states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
We are a farmer-led organization that invests soybean checkoff funds in university research and Extension programs to better understand and manage plant stressors that reduce soybean yield and farmer profitability.
The mission of the NCSRP is to maximize producer returns by coordinating regional research efforts, minimizing duplication of research, and assuring that regional research projects are targeted at problems of the North Central soybean producer.

Guide to Seed Treatment Stewardship

Seed treatments enable America’s farmers to realize greater yields, healthier crops and higher revenues while reducing potential environmental risks.

“The Guide to Seed Treatment Stewardship” is designed to provide farmers and seed companies with critical information and up-to-date guidelines for managing treated seeds effectively to minimize the risk of exposure to non-target organisms.

Plant Management Network (PMN)

These web-based videos on soybean production are available for farmers to watch for free for a limited time, including several that are relevant to farmers’ never-ending battle with weeds.

Soybean Production Tips

Get more information and tips from the United Soybean Board for dealing with herbicide-resistant weeds, as well as other soybean-growing challenges.

The Six Secrets of Soybean Success

Based on a survey of soybean literature and the physiology of the soybean plant, these "secrets" were experimentally evaluated in multi-location trials starting in 2012, and the results of those trials are the focus of this report.

Corn-Soybean Planting Decisions and Longer Run Returns

Long-run impacts of corn-soybean cropping decisions are evaluated in this article. More intense corn rotations reduce corn-after-soybeans acres, often some of the most profitable acres on a farm.

Benefit from Shared Knowledge

We place tremendous value on communicating new and beneficial data to Illinois soybean farmers and their customers. You can receive this information at numerous events and educational opportunities throughout the year: 

ISA Soybean Summits

Events like the Soybean Summit offer firsthand access to renowned producers, research and other experts who are dedicated to equipping you with proven methods for better production.

ISA Yield Challenge

This challenge - which takes place throughout the growing seasons - offers you a controlled environment for putting your farm practices to the test by exploring new strategies and technologies for higher yields. Or, you can simply benefit from the extensive data reported by its participants.


Have Questions About Improving Your On-farm Profitability?

Contact ISA’s Director of Strategic Research Programs, Linda Kull, at:
P: (309) 808-3614
E: lkull@ilsoy.org