Management Matters

The Illinois Soybean Association gathered important, local management tips to help you increase yields and profits on your farm. Hear what the experts say, and read the key points below. More tips will be posted throughout the growing season so check back regularly.

Affordable Care Act Brings Changes to Small Farms
Aired: December 2014

Listen to Andy Biebl, agricultural tax specialist, CPA and principal at CliftonLarsonAllen LLP, explain the Affordable Care Act's impact on farmers and insurance options available for small farms. Key takeaways from the audio discussion also have been compiled. 

Simplifying the Farm Bill: Steps to find the right plan
Aired: December 2014

Listen to Doug Yoder, senior director of marketing and affiliate management with the Illinois Farm Bureau, explain the Farm Bill, its deadlines and how growers can learn more. Key takeaways from the audio discussion also have been compiled. 

Boosting Profitability in Times of Low Prices
Aired: December 2014

Listen to David Kohl, agricultural finance author and professor emeritus at Virginia Tech University, explain the downturn in commodity prices and share tips on staying profitable in challenging economic times. Key takeaways from the audio discussion also have been compiled. 

Evaluating Your Choices in the 2014 Farm Bill
Aired: November 2014

Listen to Nick Paulson, Ph.D., associate professor of agriculture, University of Illinois, explain the Farm Bill, what farmers' options are, and how to choose the best program for their operations. Key takeaways from the audio discussion also have been compiled. 

Keys to Effective Succession Planning
Aired: November 2014

Listen to Kevin Spafford, founder of Legacy by Design, explain the importance of succession planning and share tips on how farmers can effectively draft a plan of their own. Key takeaways from the audio discussion also have been compiled. 

How to Stay Profitable in Uncertain Times
Aired: November 2014

Listen to Mike Boehlje, Ph.D., professor of agricultural economics at Purdue University, explain how growers can manage farm finances effectively in 2015. Key takeaways from the audio discussion also have been compiled. 

Give Soybeans and Soil a Boost with Cover Crops
Aired: July 2014

Listen to Mike Plumer, coordinator with the Illinois Council on Best Management Practices (C-BMP), explain how farmers can take advantage of economic and environmental benefits of cover crops. Key takeaways from the audio discussion also have been compiled. 

Reduce Runoff and Save Money: Tips to Manage Nutrients 
Aired: July 2014

Listen to Howard Brown, manager of agronomy services with GROWMARK, Inc., explain how farmers can effectively manage nutrients while protecting profits. Key takeaways from the audio discussion also have been compiled. 

Why Management? Because You want Higher Yields 
Aired: June 2014 

Listen to Fred Below, Ph.D., explain the key management practices that can help break your yield barriers and increase your profits, too. Key takeaways from the audio discussion also have been compiled.

While Herbicide Resistance Presses North, Watch these Weeds
Aired: June 2014

Listen to Mark Bernards, Ph.D., describe how to recognize, prevent and control four resistant weeds making their way across Illinois. Key takeaways from the audio discussion also have been compiled.

There's a Bug in My Bean Field
Aired: May 2014

Listen to Michael Gray, Ph.D. predict which insects survived the winter, which didn't and how to scout this spring and summer. Key takeaways from the audio discussion also have been compiled.

Powerful Nutrient Package Boosts Yields: Management Tips to Make the Most of Manure
Aired: May 2014


Listen to Laura Pepple, Livestock Extension Specialist with University of Illinois, shares how growers can effectively add manure to their crop management plans.  Key takeaways from the audio discussion also have been compiled.

"Management Matters" 2013 Series

More management and production tips are available from our 2013 Series. View key takeaways and listen to advice from soybean experts.