Chesterfield, Missouri (July 14, 2015)--For soybean farmers, sustainability isn’t a buzzword; it’s a way of life. Farmers were green before it was even a movement. From crop rotation and reduced tillage to nutrient and water management, every day is an ongoing commitment to the land and resources. U.S. soybean farmers are committed to continuous improvement – making sure the land that they farm now is prosperous for years to come. Here are just a few of the sustainable practices soybean farmers are already using day after day, year after year. Crop rotation • Ninety-four percent of soybean acres are [...]
The days are longer, the birds are chirping and the trees are beginning to bud. For soybean farmers, it can only mean one thing: Planting season has arrived. And with planting season comes a wave of information; some of it helpful, some maybe not as much. Because everyone needs their lives made a little easier this time of year, here are the top six planting tips you should keep in mind. Know your soil type and condition. Coarse? Dry? High-residue? Knowing your soil is crucial in determining a range of factors when planting this season, including the right depth [...]
How much does growing IP soybeans really cost? ST. LOUIS (September 30, 2014) - Facing lower soybean cash prices this year, farmers are looking for opportunities to add to their bottom lines. Growing identity-preserved (IP) soybeans is one option for additional profit opportunities, but the costs can seem overwhelming to farmers thinking about getting started. U.S.-soy-industry-led board QUALISOY developed a calculator that can help farmers determine how much profit they can add by growing IP soybeans, including high oleic varieties. The calculator, based on a Purdue University study, helps farmers navigate the typical steps required to produce and segregate [...]
With the increased prevalence of herbicide-resistant weeds, it’s important for farmers to diversify their weed-management plans to incorporate more modes and sites of action. Doing so also requires farmers to be more attentive in applying these herbicides. As farmers diversify the herbicides they use to battle resistant weeds, it’s critical that they also keep those herbicides from drifting into neighboring fields and potentially damaging sensitive crops. Spray drift, or the movement of herbicides and other crop inputs away from intended target sites through the air, has become a major concern. If a herbicide blows into a field of soybeans [...]
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.