Meet the newest members of this year’s Soy Envoy class! In this video, learn about their backgrounds, motivation for joining the program, agronomic knowledge, surprising field discoveries, and more.

The six individuals of this year’s class include:

Eric Beckett, Urbana, IL: Field Agronomist for Illini FS and Certified Crop Adviser. His expertise encompasses a wide range of agronomy areas including weeds, crop management, cover crops, fertilizers, on-farm trials, and precision farming.

Drew Beckman, Streator, IL: Northwest Illinois Regional Field Agronomist for Beck’s Hybrids and Certified Crop Adviser. He is leading a research project that examines the correlation between SCN egg count levels and their impact on PI88788 versus Peking yield.

Karen Corrigan, Goodfield, IL: Co-Owner and Certified Crop Adviser at McGillicuddy Corrigan Agronomics Additionally, she holds the position of Full-time Instructor at Heartland Community College. Her expertise lies in the specialization of weeds, herbicides, and pest management.

Craig Grafton, Monticello, IL: Product System Scientist at Bayer and Certified Crop Adviser. He specializes in breeding systems within corn and soybeans.

Kelly Robertson, Benton, IL: Owner and Lead Agronomist at Precision Crop Services LLC, and Certified Crop Adviser. He specializes in soil fertility, precision management, and variable rate (VR) seeding.

Shelby Weckel, Thomasboro, IL: Sales Agronomist for Ehler Brothers Seed and Certified Crop Adviser. Her primary focus lies in implementing effective farm management strategies to optimize soybean production. Weckel specializes in the areas of weeds and insects.

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About the Author: Kelsey Litchfield

Kelsey Litchfield is the Agronomic Outreach Specialist for the Illinois Soybean Association. In her role, she manages ILSoyAdvisor media platforms and assists the agronomy team with events and field days. A native of Rio, IL, Kelsey earned her bachelor’s degree from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2017 where she double majored in Agricultural Communications and Broadcast Journalism.

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