The Better Beans Series event in Rockford was held on Thursday, January 17, 2019, at the Giovanni’s Restaurant & Convention Center. The event was brought to producers by the Illinois Soybean Association checkoff program in partnership with the CCA Soy Envoy program and Dairyland Seed. Speakers provided useful information for increasing soybean production in 2019 and beyond to area farmers and industry professionals.
Rod Moran, Soybean Lead at Dairyland Seed, started the morning with a discussion on the importance of fundamentals to a systemic soybean approach. Gary Schnitkey, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, shared the keys to profitability with the audience and encouraged resilience in 2019. Schnitkey was followed by Tryston Beyrer, Agronomist with Winfield United, who shared six secrets to improving soybean yields.
The program concluded with a question and answer session about viable solutions in soybean production with a panel of local agronomic experts and soybean producers.
Panel members included Lenny Doetch, soybean producer from Poplar Grove; P.J. Rosenow, grower from Erie; Dan Ritter, agronomist with Dairyland Seed; and was moderated by CCA Soy Envoy Rod Moran. Following the program, attendees enjoyed lunch 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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