Infrastructure

Infrastructure Needs Improvement

Illinois’ diverse infrastructure of roads, bridges, railways and waterways play a vital role in the transportation of soybeans. Illinois is uniquely situated with prime access to more than 1,000 miles of navigable waterways, 7,000 miles of Class I rail lines and a vast network of 2,185 interstate highway miles. These transportation channels allow Illinois farmers to move soybeans around the world efficiently and economically.

 

MORE THAN 1,100 MILES OF NAVIGABLE WATERWAYS BORDER OR PASS THROUGH ILLINOIS.

 

FARMERS DEPEND ON THE AVAILABILITY AND CONDITION OF WATERWAYS, ROADS, BRIDGES AND RAILWAYS TO KEEP SOYBEAN TRANSPORTATION MOVING EFFICIENTLY.

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MORE THAN 7,000 MILES OF MAJOR CLASS I RAIL LINES CROSS THE STATE OF ILLINOIS. IT IS ESTIMATED THAT AN AVERAGE OF 109 MILLION BUSHELS OF SOYBEANS ORIGINATING FROM ILLINOIS ARE MOVED BY RAIL ANNUALLY.

 

ILLINOIS IS HOME TO A VAST NETWORK OF 2,185 INTERSTATE HIGHWAY MILES, CREATING ADVANTAGES TO MOVE SOYBEANS AROUND THE WORLD EFFICIENTLY AND ECONOMICALLY.

 

60 PERCENT OF THE SOYBEANS GROWN IN ILLINOIS ARE MARKETED AND SOLD THROUGH EXPORT CHANNELS EACH YEAR.

 


 

CONTACT
 

Scott Sigman

Transport and Export Infrastructure Lead

ILLINOIS SOYBEAN ASSOCIATION (C/O FLM HARVEST)

Scott has more than 25 years of experience in global trade and transportation planning, shipping and freight infrastructure.

Mark Albertson

Director Strategic Development

ILLINOIS SOYBEAN ASSOCIATION

Mark Albertson is responsible for international and domestic soybean marketing promotion. He manages project areas that include soy-based bio-products, livestock, specialty soybeans, soy foods, aquaculture and leadership/training programs.

 
 

 

General Resources

ISA is focused on maximizing profitability and optimizing global competitive positioning for Illinois soybean farmers through proactive supply chain management.

Voice for Soy

When pending legislation affects Illinois agriculture, lawmakers need to hear from farmers.

Roadway and Bridge Improvement Calculator

A customizable online service intended to help local communities better plan road and bridge projects so that more financial resources can be put toward the actual projects.

2011-2012 Transportation Research Summary

Challenges and opportunities related to the transportation of soybeans are explored in this checkoff-funded study.

Routing Flexibility and Total Landed Cost Analysis

Take a closer look at the economic drivers that impact the price farmers receive for soybeans and the influence of transloading bulk soybeans into containers for international markets.

Transport Capacity for 600 Million Bushels of Soybean Utilization

With the goal of using 600 million bushels of the state’s soybeans by 2020, this checkoff-funded study takes a closer look at the current infrastructure to see if it can handle an extra 140 million bushels over recent supply.

Headhaul-Backhaul for Illinois Containers

The feasibility of intermodal containers for international movement is evaluated in this check-off funded report.


 


 

Road and Bridge Resources

Illinois has more than 140,000 miles of roads, of which over 70 percent are rural. Concern continues to grow for the deteriorating conditions of this important infrastructure. As soybean production continues to grow, so does the importance of maintaining and improving the state’s roads and bridges.

Truck Unloading Delay Study

In a 2014 soybean check-off funded survey, more than 90 percent of respondents indicated they experienced a delay when unloading trucks.

Road and Bridge Study 2013

This study focused on the identification of critical bridges that may negatively impact soybean transportation from fields to hubs via significant roadways.

Illinois Critical Bridge Assessment and Economic Impact relative to Soybean and Soybean Product Movements

ISA evaluated opportunities to improve Illinois’ cold chain logistics in order to increase exports of soy-fed protein products.

Opportunity of Illinois Soybeans to Benefit from Meat Shipments via Reefers

ISA evaluated opportunities to improve Illinois’ cold chain logistics in order to increase exports of soy-fed protein products.

Impacts of Higher Road Weights on Illinois Soybean Value Chain

This checkoff-funded study takes a closer look at current weight restrictions and the potential impact of increased weight limits on roads important to soybean transportation.

12 Most Critical Bridges by County

This interactive map shows 12 of the most critical bridges in Illinois that impact local farmers and the economy.

Local Load Posting Highlights Need for Infrastructure Improvements

The need for improved infrastructure was apparent when IDOT issued an order for load posting on the Beardstown Bridge during peak harvest.

Better Bridges, Better for Everyone

Because of the weight limit on the North Road Bridge in Iroquois County, trucks going to and from the nearby elevator can only carry half loads of grain, instead of full loads.

Dire States: Bridge Down in Illinois

When bridges like the Keslinger Road Bridge in DeKalb are down, the impact it can have on area farmers is far-reaching, including an increase to time, mileage, wear-and-tear and fuel.

Checkoff Funds Help Replace Peoria County Bridge

For multiple reasons, the Trivoli Road Bridge was identified through a checkoff funded study as one that needed wider lanes and shoulders.

McLean County Prioritization Study

In this 2015 study, an analysis of benefit-cost ratios was conducted for 20 McLean County infrastructure projects.

Peoria County Prioritization Study

Twelve Peoria County infrastructure projects were calculated for benefit-cost ratios to help determine how to best allocate limited funds to projects most in need.

Tazewell County Prioritization Study

Tazewell County shared key findings, recommendations, and quantitative and qualitative information of a benefit-cost analysis from 10 infrastructure projects supported by the Illinois soybean checkoff program.


 


 

Waterway Resources

With more than 1,100 miles of navigable waterways serving the state, barge transportation is an important means of transportation for Illinois soybeans.

Container on Barge for Illinois Field by Biodiesel and Operating Plans and Business Plan

This report addresses the concept of Container-on-Barge (COB) from the perspective of inland waterway operations on behalf of, and funded by, the Illinois Soybean Association.

 


 

Rail and Intermodal Containers Resources

Illinois railroads provide more than 7,000 miles of track to transport the state’s soybeans domestically and internationally. Intermodal containers are an emerging way to export Illinois soybeans to international markets.

Illinois Railroad Map

Take a closer look at Illinois rail lines.

Top Rail Carriers Ranked in Annual Survey

Seven of the top rail carriers were ranked by agriculture shippers in a survey conducted by the Soy Transportation Coalition, evaluating on-time performance, customer service and costs.

Ocean Shipping Container Availability Report

The availability of marine shipping containers at 18 different intermodal locations for the westbound transpacific trade lanes are shown in this report.

Containerized Shipping: Opportunities for Soy Products

As containerized shipping continues to grow, so do the opportunities for soy products.

Capitalizing on Containers

Take an in-depth look at the business of containerized exports as it relates to Illinois agricultural products.

Honda Quality Soybeans

The idea of containerized shipping is one that Honda has embraced and subsequently benefitted from.