Participate in the ongoing Second Annual FFA Water Testing Challenge, ending on October 13th! FFA chapters will develop and test hypotheses about nitrogen movement and potential loss from various production agriculture field settings while learning about the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy.
Enrollment is open in 68 Illinois counties for the Soil and Water Outcomes Fund. Farmers receive financial incentives for adopting conservation practices, earning an average of $34 per acre last year. Enhance your practices or add more acreage. Don't miss out!
This project aims to identify best practices and metrics for soil health, water quality, and climate impact in soybean farming from 2023 to 2027. The findings will benefit soybean farmers, policy makers, and carbon credit markets, informing practice-based recommendations for implementing soil health, water quality-protective practices, and exploring carbon markets.
Jasdeep Singh of the University of Illinois shares a presentation of how a research team is investigating soil health, water quality, and climate footprints across Illinois soybean production systems to provide accurate assessments of potential trade-offs.
Investments in sustainable initiatives are becoming mainstream since long term resilience is a priority for the marketplace. Leaders not only have to focus on day-to-day operations, but also devise and monitor ways to protect critical resources. In agriculture, producers and consumers are moving towards a common goal of water, soil, and yield stewardship. Fortunately, new sustainability strategies and technologies appear in the market daily. However, in order to implement them appropriately, producers must join forces to evaluate options, optimize costs, and execute without hassle. Since water and land are interconnected, and have no sense of man-made property lines, the [...]
Perhaps farmers have been facing their most challenging decade ever. Water management has been an important issue that is discussed globally. The critical nature of water conservation and drainage can have a lasting effect on the investment that farmers and landowners make. Given the competitive nature of the industry, many service providers are competing on low price. Recognizing the delicate balance between price and equity might be the key to maximizing the investment. Traditional methods of conducting business may not be applicable in the world we live in today. Outdated techniques can lead to inefficiencies and intensifying volatility. Professionals [...]
Rain. Depending on the season and whether you do not have enough of it or perhaps too much, rain can lead to disappointing failure or a record-breaking crop. Agriculture is inextricably linked with water, yet those of us without irrigation have very little ability to control the amounts and timing of water that our crops receive. It is a critical ingredient to a soybean plant’s growth and development, but fortunately the combination of relatively good soils throughout Illinois and usually ample rainfall allow for high yield potential in many years. From time-to-time, however, rain may be insufficient, and your [...]
What will drive the next innovations in agricultural water technology? The February issue of Soy Perspectives highlights three individuals whose personal experiences drove them to develop new solutions to manage water more efficiently now and in the future. When “Life-Giving” River Runs Dry Iran’s Zayandeh-Rood river may literally mean ‘life-giving,’ but its lower reaches began drying up decades ago due to years of mismanagement and overuse. One river section flowed through Esfahani, hometown of Amin Afzal, who later led a group of Pennsylvania State University researchers working on a breakthrough moisture sensor. “The river had a large impact on [...]
The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) checkoff and membership programs represent more than 43,000 soybean farmers in Illinois. The checkoff funds market development, soybean production and government relations efforts, while the membership program, Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) and the Illinois Soybean Growers PAC actively advocates for positive and impactful legislation for farmers at local, state and national levels. ISA upholds the interests of Illinois soybean farmers through promotion, advocacy, research and education with the vision of becoming a trusted partner of Illinois soybean farmers to ensure their profitability now and for future generations.