Mike Doherty, Executive Director

Illinois Wheat Association



Megan Miller

Agronomy Programs Manager



BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Farmers and researchers are invited to learn best field practices and strategies from top Illinois and Kentucky double-crop farmers during the Illinois Wheat Association’s (IWA) upcoming 2023 Double Crop Farmers Forum.

Held in conjunction with the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA), the annual conference will be held Jan. 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Double Tree by Hilton in Mt. Vernon.

Presentations will highlight growing strategies for maximizing yields of double cropped wheat and soybeans, guidance for crop insurance, managing input costs and credit or debt management due to rising interests’ rates.

Special guest speakers include Dr. Chad Lee, University of Kentucky extension professor for grain crops and director of the Grain and Forage Center of Excellence, on how to incorporate wheat as an essential crop rotation. Dr. Dennis Pennington, Michigan State University wheat systems specialist, will also join to discuss growing strategies and the Great Lakes Yield Enhancement Network.

“We are really excited to have two top Extension Specialists on wheat production from Michigan and Kentucky, as well as top wheat growers, economists, and climatologists to speak and answer farmers’ questions at this event,” said Mike Doherty, IWA executive director. “This is one of the best slate of speakers we have ever recruited for this event.”

Those interested in attending are encouraged to pre-register at Registration is open and is $50 for non-members and $25 for members, which includes lunch.

For more information, contact Doherty at 309-557-3268 or, or Megan Gregg at 309-557-3363 or


About the Illinois Wheat Association


The Illinois Wheat Association is a member organization serving all aspects of the Illinois wheat industry, from producer to processor. Illinois Wheat Association provides educational opportunities, encourages research relating to wheat and wheat products, promotes marketing alternatives and represents its members in state and federal legislative activities relating to the needs of the Illinois wheat industry.


About the Illinois Soybean Association


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. For more information, visit the website and

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About the Author: Megan Miller

Megan Miller is the Agronomy Programs Manager for the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA), She works on behalf of Illinois soybean farmers in the development and the implementation of conservation agricultural research and outreach programs. She supports research efforts and helps communicate both in-field and research and validation studies to ISA’s farmer audiences, leads demonstration of conservation agriculture practices, and raises awareness of best management and continuous improvement practices for conservation agriculture in Illinois.

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