Press Release

Farmers Learn Increased Yield, Profitability Tips at ISA Field Days

August 11, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Farmers Learn Increased Yield, Profitability Tips at ISA Field Days

 

BLOOMINGTON, ILL. – August 11, 2015 – With concerns about a wet season's effect on soybean production running high in 2015, soybean farmers and crop consultants recently joined Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) directors and staff in learning new management strategies and innovative practices to boost yields and maximize profits.

 

ILSoyAdvisor Field Days were held Aug. 4, 5 and 6, in Hinckley, Villa Grove and Benton, Ill.  More than 230 participants in total attended the inaugural field events.

 

"We are proud to see such a positive response to the ILSoyAdvisor Field Days," says John Longley, soybean farmer from Aledo, Ill., and ISA Production Committee chair.  "We brought the information and expert knowledge from ILSoyAdvisor.com, ISA's production blog, to farmers around the state.  Participants came away with timely information they could put into action right away to improve their 2015 crop and plan for 2016."

 

Longley adds the field days are part of ISA's effort to continually invest in farmers' success.  "ISA invests a significant portion of checkoff funds in educational programs and research to increase farmer yields and profitability," he says.

 

Speakers at the events included representatives from Conserv FS, WinField, Crop Production Services (CPS), StollerUSA, Horizon Precision, Illini FS, Wabash Valley FS and Precision Crop Services, as well as Casey Hettinger.  Dan Schaefer, director of nutrient stewardship with the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association (IFCA), talked about the recently released Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy and its implications for farmers.

 

"The Strategy calls for changes in management practices to reduce nutrient losses.  This affects every farmer in the state," Schaefer says.  "Profitability and sustainability go hand-in-hand on the farm, and we have already seen a significant positive change in management throughout Illinois.  We just need to build upon these efforts and continue to demonstrate progress."

 

Five educational breakout sessions were held and focused on issues such as:

  • Achieving high soybean yields
  • Getting soybeans off to a good start
  • Using foliar feeding to drive soybean yields
  • The value of adjuvants in foliar applications
  • Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)
  • Growing higher double-crop soybean yields

 

The ILSoyAdvisor Field Days were funded in part by the Illinois soybean checkoff.  ISA will make videos and presentations available at www.ILSoyAdvisor.com.

 

The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) represents more than 45,000 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 www.ilsoy.org.

 

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For more information, contact:

Amy Roady

roadya@ilsoy.org

309-808-3610

309-663-7692

618-535-7937

 

Mark Ingbritson

mingbritson@charlestonorwig.com

262-563-5066

262-349-2416

 

 

Photo Cutline: Farmers throughout Illinois recently attended ISA's ILSoyAdvisor Field Days to learn about the technologies and practices for boosting soybean yields and on-farm profitability.

Photo credit: Megan Kelbel