Illinois continues to make progress in soybean production, taking the title in 2014 of top soybean producer for the second year in a row. To continue this momentum and to prepare for the challenges posed by changing commodity prices, over 500 farmers, crop consultants and agronomists attended ISA’s 2015 Soybean Summits in Effingham and Peoria, Ill.

The Peoria Summit included presentations from agronomists, university experts, economists and a farmer panel to share top strategies for producing high-yielding soybeans.

Watch recordings of the presentations below for tips on producing high-yielding soybeans, and share your comments and questions below.

General Session #1: What Market Signals Tell Us About Producing Corn and Soybeans in 2014, and How To Be Profitable

Growers may not know the weather or growing conditions the growing season will bring, but they can use the market to determine prices going into 2015. Listen to Steve Johnson, Ph. D., farm and ag business management specialist with Iowa State University Extension, explain how to plan for 2015 including estimating crop prices and costs, marketing and crop insurance strategies and the Farm Bill.

General Session #2: Will 2015 Be a Repeat of 2012, 2013 or 2014, and How to Prepare

Weather remains the top uncertainty in crop production, but the production and marketing risks associated with weather trends can be managed. Elwynn Taylor, Ph.D., extension educator with Iowa State University, explains weather risks, volatile weather cycles and how these changes impact the outlook for corn and soybeans in 2015.

Farmer Roundtable: It Takes a Team: Producing High-Yield Soybeans in Illinois

Dan Davidson, research and technical coordinator with ISA, moderates the farm roundtable Q&A with Dan Arkels, LaSalle County farmer and 2014 100-Bushel Yield Challenge winner; Dave Callan, CCA with Grainco FS; George Lukach, owner of Lukach Pioneer Seed Agency; and Marcus Jones, regional product development manager with Stoller USA.

Interested in more management tips for 2015? Watch videos of general sessions and breakouts from the Effingham Soy Summit.

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