Renewable Fuel Standard Crucial to Fledgling Biodiesel Industry

BLOOMINGTON, ILL – October 10, 2012 – Illinois soybean farmers and processors are not losing sight of the compelling reasons and big picture behind the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2) -- namely to decrease American dependence on foreign energy, bolster the economy through new jobs and reduce the... Read more

ISA Partners with Industry to Help Farmers Gain Value from Soy Protein and Oil

BLOOMINGTON, ILL – October 3, 2012 – The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA), along with industry partners, ADM, Bunge North America and Cargill, will host three "What's in a Soybean? What's in it for You?" workshops for farmers in November. ISA and partners want to help soybean farmers around the... Read more

Ԕhis Bridge Needs More SupportԠis Key Result of Checkoff-Funded Illinois Study

BLOOMINGTON, ILL – October 2, 2012 – Illinois' rural bridge deterioration creates bigger problems than just unsightly, crumbling concrete. A study funded by the Illinois soybean checkoff finds neglected bridges in key farming regions erode the state's global economic advantages. "Transportation... Read more

Fall Soil Sampling for Soybean Cyst Nematode

With this year's drought conditions, the stress on soybeans was intensified by soybean cyst nematode (SCN) in many fields, causing visible yellow patches of stunted plants that we usually only see associated with high SCN populations. In more typical years, low to moderate levels may be present in... Read more

Soybean prices tumble, but there are some positive developments

November 2012 soybean futures reached a high of $17.89 on September 4, but have declined sharply since then. The USDA's September 12 Crop Production report containing a smaller yield and production forecast provided some brief support, but that contract has traded under $16 and is currently about $... Read more

Global Logistics Summit Features Soybean Transportation Infrastructure Work

BLOOMINGTON, ILL – September 24, 2012 – Infrastructure research and education efforts are creating tangible results for the transportation industry and beyond. Some of the results funded by Illinois soybean farmers were presented during the Global Logistics Summit held last week in Bolingbrook, Ill... Read more

Green Soybean Plants

While many soybean fields are drying normally and harvest is getting underway, there are reports and observations of soybean plants that have dry pods and seeds but green leaves and green stems. Many of these fields have too much green tissue to combine but are in danger of shattering as pods and... Read more

Illinois Soybean Checkoff Funds SIUC Research Targeted at Increasing Demand

BLOOMINGTON, ILL. – September 19, 2012 – Enhancing farmer profitability by increasing demand for soybeans and soy products is the goal of three new soybean research projects recently approved for funding by the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA). The soybean checkoff-funded studies will be... Read more

Illinois Soybean Farmers Call for Farm Bill Now

BLOOMINGTON, ILL -- September 18, 2012 -- Illinois soybean farmers are encouraged to take time during harvest this week to call for a farm bill now. Congress has known since September 2008 that they had to write and pass a farm bill in 2012. But the U.S. House of Representatives has not taken... Read more

Downs Family Wins Local Farm Tour

BLOOMINGTON, ILL – September 14, 2012 – David and Em’ly Owens and their sons William and Timothy (left to right), of Downs, Ill., visited a local farm on Thursday, Sept. 13. Rob Shaffer (far right), El Paso, Ill., farmer and Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) director, shared how his family farm... Read more