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Farmers Learn about Latest Tools for Yield, Profitability at ISA Field Days

August 15, 2016



Farmers Learn about Latest Tools for Yield, Profitability at ISA Field Days


BLOOMINGTON, ILL — AUGUST 15, 2016 — The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) checkoff program recently held its second annual Regional Field Days, where soybean farmers and agronomy experts joined ISA directors and staff to learn about the tools and technologies producing higher yields and increasing soybean profits. Field Days were held Aug. 2, 3 and 4, in Hinckley, Seymour and Benton, Ill. Growers gained valuable information on production practices that will enable them to improve yield and profitability. The information presented in the field day format is similar to the types of information available on, ISA's soybean management website.


"One of our goals in organizing these field days is to ensure critical information ISA gathers from its checkoff-funded projects goes out to producers and agronomists in their local areas,” says David Droste, soybean farmer from Nashville, Ill., and ISA director. “Again this year, we addressed primary production and profitability concerns facing farmers, and provided practical, cutting-edge tips and information to help Illinois growers compete on a global scale.”


Speakers at the events included representatives from Bayer Crop Science, Helena Chemical Company, Asgrow, the Soil Health Partnership, Northern Partners Cooperative, BASF and Wyciskalla Consulting, LLC.


Practical learning from the soybean checkoff

Four educational breakout sessions were held at each location. Some key takeaways from presenters include:


  • Poor management practices are often the culprit behind lackluster yield. Growers should realize that soybeans respond best to intense, timely management decisions, and adjust their practices accordingly by focusing on fertility and plant protection.


  • Sixty percent of soybean yield comes from nodes 6 to 13, so it is important to protect leaves and maximize pod production at these nodes by setting a strong foundation and employing proactive management strategies.


  • Growers can optimize their strategy for dealing with herbicide-resistant waterhemp by starting with clean fields in the spring, using residual herbicides such as contact herbicide Liberty for weed control, and controlling weeds in the 2- to 4-inch range.


  • High yields start at planting, so growers should focus on starting strong with good soil conditions, appropriate planting populations, adequate plant nutrition, and proactive disease protection and weed control strategies.


  • Align planting date with maturity group and population to best suit your needs. Every season is different, so these variables must be matched up based on intended planting date in order to see higher yields.


  • Farmers should test soils for potassium and phosphorus levels frequently and adjust application strategy to meet crop nutrient needs while minimizing risk of loss.   


Take control of yields and profits any time, anywhere

“ILSoyAdvisor Field Day events leverage our checkoff investments with local experts sharing the latest information for maximizing soybean yield and profit right in farmers’ back yards,” says John Longley, soybean farmer from Aledo, Ill. and ISA Production Committee chair.


“Of course, we know summer can be a busy time,” Longley continues. “Our checkoff-funded management platform provides timely and updated information all year long—from blog posts to videos to podcasts and even webinars with continuing education unit (CEU) credits.  Farmers have access to practical information at any time, wherever they are.”


More detailed coverage of all 2016 breakout sessions will be posted on soon. Growers are encouraged to visit for more practical information that can be put to use on their farms.


ISA is dedicated to equipping soybean farmers with knowledge and resources to act sustainably to help meet Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy (NLRS) goals, while still providing growers with tools for gains in yield and profitability. By investing checkoff funds into programs and research to help growers increase yields and profitability, ISA continues to invest in farmers’ success.


The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) represents more than 43,000 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



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