Be on the Lookout: 2012 Insect Pressure May Be Higher

Whether due to large acreage, time limitations, or memories of walking beans, scouting has become less common in Illinois soybean fields. But following a mild winter and early spring, entomologists recommend farmers rethink that strategy for 2012. "In general, many farmers don't have the time or... Read more

ISA/Farm Journal Soybean College Offers Growers Practical, Hands-on Training

BLOOMINGTON, ILL – May 21, 2012 – The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) is hosting Farm Journal’s Soybean College at the Corn College Campus in Heyworth, Ill., on Wednesday, July 25, 2012. Funded by the Illinois soybean checkoff, Soybean College is designed to equip growers with production... Read more

Getting to Know Duane Dahlman

Duane Dahlman from Marengo, Ill., is completing his first term as an at-large ISA director. He has been very involved with several ISA target areas. Dahlman serves as second vice chair for both market access/advocacy and industrial utilization and also is vice chair for the aquaculture target area... Read more

STAARS Study Tracks Benefits of Sustainable Soybean Production

BLOOMINGTON, ILL – April, 30, 2012 -- The second year of a scientifically valid research study designed to evaluate and quantify the benefits of sustainable agriculture is underway with 85 Illinois soybean growers. The study is funded, in part, by the Illinois soybean checkoff. "The Strategies... Read more

Soybean row spacing: wide or narrow?

Average row spacing in Illinois soybean fields has increased over the past decade after narrowing for several decades before that, according to University of Illinois crop sciences professor Emerson Nafziger. This increase resulted from drilled soybeans -- those with rows less than 10 inches apart... Read more

Is it time to plant soybeans?

Like corn, soybean planting has had an unusually early start in Illinois this year, with some of the crop planted before April 1 and 5 percent planted by April 22. Was this early planting advisable? University of Illinois crop sciences professor Emerson Nafziger is not sure about planting in March... Read more

Checkoff-Funded Research Shows Early Soybean Planting Boosts Yield Potential

BLOOMINGTON, ILL – April 26, 2012 – Each day Illinois farmers delay soybean planting can negatively affect yields, according to the latest University of Illinois research. Funded by the Illinois soybean checkoff and conducted at six sites throughout Illinois, researchers found the highest yields... Read more

Illinois Soybean Association Launches Online Advocacy Tool for Farmers

BLOOMINGTON, ILL. – April 26, 2012 – Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) farmer leaders announce the launch of Voice for Soy, a new online legislative action center. Voice for Soy was created to boost ISA's legislative efforts by activating Illinois farmers into effective advocates. Through Voice... Read more

Chicago-Area Moms to Moonlight as Soybean Farmers in New Illinois Farm FamiliesΠInitiative

BLOOMINGTON, ILL – April 23, 2012 – Nine urban moms may be Illinois’ most unlikely soybean farmers this year. These Illinois Farm Families® Field Moms, Chicago-area moms who have been touring Illinois farms to get their food questions answered, will be growing soybeans in their backyards and on... Read more

ISA Supports Grant Applications for Critical Infrastructure Improvements

BLOOMINGTON, ILL – April 19, 2012 – Improving and expanding Illinois transportation infrastructure is critical for the continued growth and long-term competitiveness of the state's soybean farmers. Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) farmer leaders hope two state applications to receive Federal... Read more