The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) and ILSoyAdvisor invite you to a Field Talk event featuring FMC, an agricultural sciences company. Scheduled for July 12 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, the event offers free admission and includes breakfast and lunch as well as Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) credits for attendees.

The FMC team will discuss the robust herbicide molecule development and screening process and walk the field with in-house technical service experts. Farmers will also hear the latest on agronomic soybean topics from ISA.


9am – 9:15am -Welcome and Introduction of guests – Alix Whitener, PhD, U.S. Field Development Manager, FMC

9:15am – 9:30am – Overview of FMC and Rochelle Research and Technology Center – Travis Winans, Field Station Development Representative, FMC

9:30am – 10:15am – Herbicide Development from Birth to Launch including our Screening Process – Scott Swanson, Product Development Manager, FMC or Alix Whitener, PhD, U.S. Field Development Manager, FMC

10:15am – 10:30 – Break

10:30 – 11:30 – Walk Plots in Groups – Bill Verbeten, Technical Service Manager, FMC (and others)

11:30 – noon – Soybean Agronomic Update – Stephanie Porter, Illinois Soybean Association Outreach Agronomist

Noon – Lunch (Headons Fine Meats)

The first 50 people to sign up will receive a complimentary Illinois Soybean Association bag chair. Register now at

FMC is an agricultural sciences company that advances farming through innovation and sustainable crop protection technologies. From their industry leading discovery pipeline to unique application systems, to modern biological products, they are passionate about bringing new solutions to growers around the world.

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About the Author: Stephanie Porter

As Outreach Agronomist for the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA), Stephanie supports research efforts and helps communicate both in-field and edge-of-field research and validation studies to Illinois 43,000 soybean farmers. She also helps lead the demonstration and adoption of conservation agriculture practices and raises awareness of best management and continuous improvement practices for conservation agriculture in Illinois. Stephanie has 23 years of experience that consists of agronomy, conservation, horticulture, plant diagnostics, and education. She has her bachelor’s in crop science and master’s in plant pathology from the University of Illinois. Stephanie is a Certified Crop Advisor and was named the 2018 Illinois Certified Crop Adviser Master Soybean Advisor. She also has experience with corn and soybean pathology research, crop scouting, soil testing, as well as crop consulting. Previously, she utilized her diagnostic training and collaborated with University of Illinois departmental Extension Specialists to diagnose plant health problems and prepare written responses describing the diagnosis and management recommendations as the University of Illinois Plant Clinic.

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