It’s the month of August which means Farm Progress Show is right around the corner. The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) Agronomy team will be on the grounds at the ISA Agronomy Plot throughout the show.

ISA Agronomy Plots on the south end of the Farm Progress Show. Photo Credit – Dennis Bowman, University of Illinois Extension

Attendees will visit interactive stations throughout the plot to learn about various soybean topics including:

1. Serious About SCN – Yield loss from Soybean Cyst Nematode (SCN) is about 30% and it is one of the hardest issues to detect in a soybean field. Learn how to manage and protect the soybean crop and how Illinois Soybean Association is funding research to enhance detection tools.

2. Let’s Get Physical (Soil) – Understanding the physical properties of soil is crucial for migrating risk on your operation. Learn about the physical characteristics of soil and how to adopt sustainable management practices to improve soil health.

3. Scouting Soy (IPM) – Soybean scouting involves regularly monitoring soybean fields to identify and assess the presence of pests, diseases, nutrient deficiencies, and other potential issues. Learn more about implementing appropriate management strategies and research funded from the Illinois Soybean Association.

4. In the Weeds – One of the primary challenges faced in soybean production is weed management. Learn about different approaches in Integrated Weed Management that can minimize the impact on the environment while effectively controlling weeds in soybean production.

Growers will be able to walk the Cover Crop Plot to see different varieties of cover crops in action and learn how to implement cover crop management in fields.

High school students and kids are welcome to explore and learn through activities and games — we’ll have some special swag, just for them!

ISA Agronomy Plot entrance is located at E. Iowa Progress St. and NW Progress Ave. Admission to the Farm Progress Show is $20 for adults ($15 advanced).  Student tickets (ages 13-17) sold at the gate for $10 and age 12 and under are free. Visit to learn more.

Watch an interview below about the ISA Agronomy Plot at Farm Progress Show with Stu Ellis and Stephanie Porter, ISA Outreach Agronomist and CCA.

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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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