The biological product market available to corn and soybean growers has exploded in recent years. This webinar will highlight how biological products are categorized, current research and what other management practices help achieve the full economic benefit of biologicals.
The biological product market available to corn and soybean growers has exploded in recent years with new technologies and management tools designed to enhance fertilizer use, reduce crop stress, stimulate soil microbial activity, manage crop residues and improve soil health. This webinar will highlight how biological products are categorized based on active ingredients and modes of action, as well as summarize research on which product types work, where and why they work and, most importantly, what other management practices help achieve the full economic benefit of biologicals.
Presenter: Connor Sible, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Ph.D. Research Assistant
Connor Sible is a Ph.D. Research Assistant in the Department of Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois studying under the advisement of Dr. Frederick E. Below. He is currently in the third year of his Ph.D. program in the Crop Physiology Laboratory at the University of Illinois, where he previously received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in crop sciences. His research focuses on categorizing biological products and understanding where, how and why they work to improve fertilizer use efficiency and increase crop yields. He also uses agronomic inputs and various methods of crop residue management to enhance nutrient release and improve soil health. Connor has regularly presented his research findings at local and regional field days, and at American Society of Agronomy Annual meetings, where he has been a consistent winner in the graduate student poster and speaker competitions.
The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) checkoff and membership programs represent more than 43,000 soybean farmers in Illinois. The checkoff funds market development and utilization efforts while the membership program supports the government relations interests of Illinois soybean farmers at the local, state, and national level, through the Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG). ISA upholds the interests of Illinois soybean producers through promotion, advocacy, and education with the vision of becoming a market leader in sustainable soybean production and profitability.