Every few years, a healthy organization takes a close look at its direction and adjusts for the future. The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) recently did just that. The previous strategic plan guided ISA through 2020. During our annual meeting in late July, ISA approved a new mission, vision, values and strategic plan for 2021 and beyond. Given current industry challenges, the 24 soybean farmers on the ISA board put a lot of thought, discussion and effort into developing strategy for the next few years. Together, we determined that ISA should be laser-focused on soybean demand, uses and advocacy. A [...]
This article was originally published on the farmdoc Daily website by Gary Schnitkey, Krista Swanson and Carl Zulauf. As wheat planting season approaches, we evaluate expected returns for crop rotations that include wheat. Given current 2021 grain bids, a combination of wheat and double-crop-soybeans is projected more profitable than either corn or stand-alone-soybeans in southern Illinois. Wheat alone is not more profitable than either corn or stand-alone soybeans. In central Illinois, stand-alone soybeans are projected more profitable than wheat-double-crop-soybeans. Current 2021 Commodity Bids in Historical Perspective Current bids for 2021 delivery in southern Illinois are: Wheat: $5.40 per bushel [...]
This article was originally published in the May issue of Soy Perspectives magazine. Meet Brock Willard. He’s a soybean, corn and hog farmer that operates with his grandfather and uncle outside of Griggsville, Ill. He’s also one of the Illinois Soybean Association’s (ISA) Soy Ambassadors, a leadership program sponsored by ISA checkoff and membership programs. During the two-year Soy Ambassador experience, participants gain leadership expertise, industry exposure and global perspective. Willard and his classmates traveled to Mexico in January 2020 to follow a unique journey for Illinois soybeans – the path from Illinois soybean fields and Illinois fed hogs [...]
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Nov. 18, 2019 — Know an experienced Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) with a passion for soybean management? Nominate them for the annual Soybean Master Adviser award, presented by the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) checkoff program. The award is part of ISA’s effort to recognize CCAs for contributions to Illinois soybean production. Any Illinois CCA whose certification is active and who is interested and involved in soybean management and works with farmers can be nominated. The award will be presented to the winning CCA at ISA’s ILSoyAdvisor Soybean Summit at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield - March 10, [...]
In Illinois we are not only blessed with fertile soils, we are also blessed to have a great agriculture network of industry professionals to study and share their findings. In some situations, attending meetings is seen as added, unnecessary work or taxing. However, to many progressive growers who want to learn and strive to obtain higher yields and profits while being sustainable, winter meetings are an indispensable resource. Now is the time to learn the lessons from the 2019 challenges, the tools that work and, more importantly, how Illinois soybean producers can sharpen their skills to attack 2020 soybean [...]
This article was originally published in the September issue of Soy Perspectives magazine. You must gain control over your money, or the lack of it will forever control you. That’s the mantra of financial planning guru and broadcaster Dave Ramsey. Agricultural financing experts say his advice holds true, even as new financial management tools and technology are rolled out. Some tools may be a boon to producers, but new widgets are worthless without a business plan. “Our members need structured financial management,” says Jackie Martinie, senior vice president and chief credit officer, Farm Credit Illinois in Mahomet. “Just like everything else [...]
Planning a trip to the Farm Progress Show Aug. 27 to Aug. 29? Be sure to stop by the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) exhibit at lot #809, located in the northeast quadrant of the show on Eighth Progress Street. ISA board members and staff will be on hand to discuss soybean checkoff programs, market research and advocacy efforts, as well as soybean production topics. And while you’re at the ISA exhibit, pick up an ice-cold water, courtesy of Valent U.S.A. During the show ILSoyAdvisor, your source for the latest in-season actionable soybean advice, will offer a free hat to [...]
2018 Master Adviser, Kevin Nelson, sat down with Shark Farmer Radio to talk about the honor of receiving the Master Adviser award, starting a new business, and traveling to Nicaragua on an agricultural mission to help improve management practices for farmers there.
Kevin Nelson, Ottawa, Illinois, was honored as the 2019 CCA Soybean Master Adviser during the ILSoyAdvisor Soybean Summit, Tuesday, Feb. 5, in Springfield, Illinois. The award is funded by the ISA soybean checkoff to recognize Certified Crop Advisers (CCAs) who excel in helping farmers improve soybean production. “It is very humbling to be named the 2019 CCA Soybean Master Adviser,” Nelson says. “CCA certification has given me the opportunity to help growers find solutions and improve soybean productivity. Being able to help farmers make progress on their farms is why I do what I do.” Nelson has been a [...]
This article originally appeared in the January 2019 issue of Soy Perspectives a publication of the Illinois Soybean Association. Succession success — have those two words become an oxymoron like jumbo shrimp or small crowd? What stands between farmers and a smooth transition of ownership from parents to children? The list of possible answers is long, but experts often point to differing generational mindsets as one of the most significant obstacles to a successful plan. The Pew Research Center defines millennials as those born between 1981 and 1996. Since the oldest millennials are now well into their thirties, the time is [...]
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.