Using cover crops in between corn and soybean crop production in the Midwest could significantly reduce nitrate load runoff via subsurface drains, according to USDA scientists. This reduction could support national efforts to reduce nitrate loads and protect water quality in the Gulf of Mexico. Excess water laden with nitrates in many Midwestern crop fields drains into subsurface perforated pipes and then flows into surface streams and rivers. The nutrient-rich field drainage reaches the Gulf of Mexico and supports algal blooms that lower water oxygen levels and contribute to developing a devastating “dead zone.” Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists Rob [...]
In comments submitted to the U.S. EPA, the American Soybean Association (ASA) disagreed with the conclusions of a recent report from the agency that calls into question the efficacy of neonicotinoid seed treatments in soybean operations. In the association’s comments, ASA President and Brownfield, Texas, farmer Wade Cowan pointed out that “…soybean producers use neonicotinoid seed treatments where they are needed and effective, and don’t use them where not.” He also argued that recent research from Mississippi showing approximately 90% adoption of neonicotinoid seed treatments signals that the technology does work for farmers in certain areas. In the comments, [...]
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.