The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) agronomy team hosted the 2023 Soybean Summit in-person and virtually on Thursday, February 2nd at the I Hotel and Conference Center in Champaign, IL. We are eager to also share and promote “The Soybean Summit: All Star Edition” of the Illinois Field & Bean, a publication of ISA. This special issue features the all-stars who took the stage at the 2023 Soybean Summit. You’ll find a rich line up of industry leading experts and hot topics ranging from the latest agronomic insights, sustainable production, and agribusiness management advice, along with actionable recommendations to improve sustainably and boost farm profitability. Here are the featured articles and the “stars” that you can read and learn more about:

“Science for Success: A Panel Discussion”This article will profile the Science for Success panel, an United Soybean Board funded initiative that brings together soybean specialists from several states. The Summit panel experts will include Dr. Giovanni Preza, Dr. Rachel Vann, and Dr. Laura Lindsey.

“Rooting for You”This feature will profile Rachel Vann, the soybean specialist from North Carolina who grew up in Illinois. We’ll include her cover crop recommendations, lessons from North Carolina for Illinois growers, and what she’s learned from both experiences.

“Back to the Biological Future”This feature will profile Dr. Vitor Rampazzo Favoretto and his professional focus on biological uses in the future. He took a new position at the University of Illinois as Disease and Pest Team Coordinator at the Soybean Innovation Lab which is profiled within the article.

“Head of the Class”This feature will profile one of the students participating in the research poster session.

To read the entire February edition of Illinois Field & Bean, please click here.

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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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