The Better Beans Series event  in Carlyle was held on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at the Bretz Wildlife Lodge and Winery. The event was brought to producers by the Illinois Soybean Association checkoff program in partnership with the CCA Soy Envoy program, Bassett Farm & Seed and Droste Family Seeds. The event was well attended by area farmers and industry professionals. Speakers provided useful information for increasing soybean production in 2019 and beyond.

Terry Wyciskalla, Wyciskalla Consulting, LLC, started the morning with a discussion on nutrient management recommendations for raising 80+ bushel soybeans. Mark Bernards, Ph.D., Western Illinois University, engaged the audience by challenging them to “think like a weed”and offered weed control recommendations. Kelli Bassett, CCA Soy Envoy, provided information about identification and management of Dectes stem borer.

Gary Schnitkey, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), challenged attendees to be resilient in 2019 and beyond and recognize the keys to farm profitability. The program concluded with a question and answer session with a panel of local agronomic experts and soybean producers.

Panel members included Scott Eversgerd, agronomist, Pioneer Seed; ISA District Director Nick Harre, Nashville, Ill. soybean producer; and ASA Director Dave Droste, Nashville, Ill. soybean producer; and was moderated by Kriste Droste of Droste Family Seeds. Following the program, attendees enjoyed lunch from Bretz Wildlife Lodge and Winery and networked with the agriculture industry representatives onsite in the exhibitor space.

You can view all the presentations from the speakers via the links below.

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