Typically 250 varieties representing 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.

Illinois farmers can use the data to decide to grow varieties with elevated quality characteristics so they can capitalize on premium pricing opportunities. To see the results of the trials, visit https://vt.cropsci.illinois.edu/. 

To learn more about this Illinois Soybean Association checkoff funded project, visit https://www.ilsoyadvisor.com/darin-joos/.

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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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