ISA Announces 2011 Yield Challenge Student Team Winners

BLOOMINGTON, ILL. -- April 19, 2012 -- The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) recently announced the high school and college team winners of the soybean checkoff-supported 2011 Yield Challenge. Gallatin County High School's FFA chapter from Junction, Ill., earned first place in the high school... Read more

Illinois Soybean Farmers to Address Market Access, Sustainability in Europe

BLOOMINGTON, ILL -- April 13 , 2012 -- Maintaining and expanding market access for Illinois soybeans is one of the priorities of the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) and Illinois soybean checkoff. A small group of Illinois soybean farmer leaders and other industry stakeholders will be in Europe,... Read more

Getting to Know Bob Colwell

Bob Colwell has only been on the ISA Board of Directors for about eight months, but he says he has learned a lot about the association and soybean checkoff in that short amount of time. "I still have much more to learn, too," says Colwell, who farms near Franklin Grove. He is the District 1... Read more

Petitions Available for Illinois Soybean Association District Director Elections

BLOOMINGTON, ILL. -- April 13, 2012 -- Petitions are available for growers interested in running for open director positions with the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA). Petitions can be obtained from the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA), local University of Illinois Extension offices and... Read more

ISA Study: COB Shuttle Program is Feasible, Offers Biodiesel Opportunities

BLOOMINGTON, ILL — April 10, 2012 — A recently completed study funded by the Illinois soybean checkoff says that a river container-on-barge (COB) shuttle program is not only feasible, but it also offers Illinois soybean growers biodiesel opportunities and more access to international markets. “With... Read more

NOW is the time to plant?

University of Illinois crop sciences professor Emerson Nafziger says that almost nothing about the spring of 2012 in Illinois has been normal. Rainfall was below average over most of the state, with March temperatures breaking records on a record number of days. According to the Illinois Weather... Read more

2012 Yield Challenge Promotes New Production Strategies and Technologies

Registration Deadline Approaching Fast BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) is encouraging any Illinois soybean grower interested in achieving higher yields and profit potential to sign up for the 2012 Yield Challenge before the April 15 registration deadline. Established by... Read more

Inaugural Illinois Soybean Summit Educates Growers on Methods for Increasing Yields

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- March 16, 2012 -- The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) hosted nearly 400 soybean farmers, agronomists and agribusiness representatives at the first-ever Illinois Soybean Summit on March 9. Built around the theme of "Reaching Beyond Yield Obstacles," the Summit was established... Read more

Illinois Soybean Farmers See Soy at Work in Central America

BLOOMINGTON, ILL -- March 15, 2012 -- Both new market and humanitarian assistance opportunities exist for Illinois soybeans and soy products in parts of Central America. That was the conclusion drawn by Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) directors Dan Farney, soybean farmer from Morton, Ill., and... Read more

Getting to Know Wendel Lutz

Wendel Lutz ran for and was elected to the ISA board in 2009. He wanted to get a closer look at how soybean checkoff dollars were being spent in Illinois. Lutz is the District 11 director from Dewey, representing Champaign, Coles, Douglas, Edgar and Piatt counties. "I farm, but I also had just lost... Read more