Typically 250 varieties representing the various trait stacks from more than 20 seed companies are tested across Illinois each year. Protein and oil evaluation has historically been done through the manual process of collecting grain samples.
By installing technology on the combine that can record these metrics automatically, the data collection process is more streamlined so results are available quicker.
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.