When it comes to soil health, you might have to dig a little deeper, look at things from a different angle or make sure everything balances out to improve your dirt's fertility. Certain things are known about Illinois soils, most importantly that they vary across the state. The key is to figure out what works best in your situation. And although soils vary, there are a few principles that most farmers can apply. All start with a soil test and end with patience. "Illinois soybean farmers have a variety of options that can help improve their soil," says Roger [...]
By Amy Roady|2022-04-14T13:44:15-05:00March 31, 2015|
Illinois is well-positioned to take advantage of global demand for non-GMO soybeans, says Mark Albertson director of strategic market development. Since 2010, between eight and 11 percent of soybean acres in Illinois have been planted with non-GMO soybeans, according to the USDA. Albertson says three primary factors help Illinois lead the nation in non-GMO soybean production: First, Illinois has access to containers, which are used to ship IP soybeans to international customers. "Chicago container prices are the major advantage for Illinois when it comes to transportation costs," confirms Albertson. Second, Illinois soybean farmers have access to soybean processors who [...]
By Amy Roady|2022-04-14T13:59:54-05:00February 17, 2015|
For El Paso, Ill., soybean farmer Rob Shaffer, who grows about 450 acres of soybeans with his brother, the switch from growing specialty soybeans to 100 percent non-GMO wasn't that challenging. "Everyone is looking for a niche, and for us this works," he says. More time and management are required to grow a non-GMO crop, acknowledges Shaffer. Relationships and conversations also matter, which is why the ISA director talks to each of his neighbors to let them know he is growing a non-GMO crop. He also places a non-GMO soybean sign at the corners of his fields, which is especially helpful [...]
By Amy Roady|2022-04-14T15:19:47-05:00February 11, 2015|
The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) checkoff and membership programs represent more than 43,000 soybean farmers in Illinois. The checkoff funds market development and utilization efforts while the membership program supports the government relations interests of Illinois soybean farmers at the local, state, and national level, through the Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG). ISA upholds the interests of Illinois soybean producers through promotion, advocacy, and education with the vision of becoming a market leader in sustainable soybean production and profitability.