What are biologicals? There has been an explosion of biological product offerings on the agriculture market purported to increase plant health, crop quality and yield. These “biologicals” are typically living microbial organisms of bacteria or fungi. How do they work? Microbes in our agriculture fields exist as a complex community. A single gram of soil can contain between 108-1011 individual microbes from 6,000 to 50,000 unique species. As such, microbe species fill certain niches and perform unique functions. You may have heard of ones that fix nitrogen (Bradyrhizobium in soybean for example) or solubilize phosphorus, in turn increasing soil [...]
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.