Press Release

Soybean College Points Farmers toward 100-Bushel Goal

May 20, 2014

BLOOMINGTON, ILL – May 21, 2014 – Soybean farmers looking to get top yields this season are invited to attend Farm Journal’s 2014 Soybean College, sponsored by the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) and funded by the Illinois soybean checkoff.  This one-day event will be held near Heyworth, Ill., July 15, beginning at 7 a.m.

Soybean College features an agenda packed with practical, take-home production knowledge. From classroom-style general sessions to in-field breakouts, farmers will hear from industry-leading agronomists and researchers on topics that could have a positive impact on their bottom lines.  Two of the four breakout sessions will be held in test plots, addressing issues such as in-field growth stages and fertility.  Presenters include:

  • Ken Ferrie, agronomist, Farm Journal
  • Machinery Pete, Farm Journal
  • Sam Knott, CPS
  • Todd Zehr, Soilbiotics
  • Brad Beutke & Isaac Ferrie, Crop-Tech Consulting

"Soybeans have remarkable yield potential.  And, if managed for high yield, 100-bushel soybeans are within reach," says Lynn Rohrscheib, soybean farmer from Fairmount, Ill., and ISA at-large director.  "Soybean College is a great learning opportunity and investment.  It walks you through the different stages of growth, providing tips for managing soybean pests and diseases that can have a direct impact on soybean profitability."

Registration for Soybean College is $100, which includes lunch and a steak dinner.  Attendees are responsible for hotel reservations.  Farmers are encouraged to act quickly, as space is limited to the first 200 people.  The agenda and registration form are available at  Farmers also can call to register at 877-482-7203.

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


For more information contact:
Amy Roady

Bruce Helling