TRANSPORTATION

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.
Infrastructure Needs Improvement

Transportation Facts

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

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.

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

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.

  • Grains and Soybeans Export Inspections by Mode
    Dry bulk ocean vessels are the predominant mode used to transport grains and soybeans to global market destinations. Rail is the second most used mode to export grain and soybeans into Canada or Mexico.
    Grains and Soybeans Export Inspections by Mode
  • Share of Container Export Inspections of Soybeans
    Since 2004, Illinois has led the share of container export inspections of soybeans.
    Share of Container Export Inspections of Soybeans
  • Share of Illinois Container Soybeans Export Inspections by Destination Country
    Illinois soybeans are shipped by container to 15 markets, with eight countries representing 98 percent of the volume. Recently Indonesia and Taiwan were the top export destinations.
    Share of Illinois Container Soybeans Export Inspections by Destination Country

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.

Mark Albertson

General Resources

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

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.

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.

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.