Annual ISA Research Report Keeps State's Soybean ?Farmers Current on Checkoff-Funded Studies

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Every year, the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) publishes a report detailing the latest in Illinois soybean checkoff-funded research. This document helps soybean farmers stay current on new methods and products that will help them improve the quality and productivity of their soybeans, while also updating them on advances made in developing new markets and enhancing sustainability practices.

The 2011 Research Report, "Achieving Growth Through Leadership," focuses on ISA's five managed research areas: soybean diseases and insect pests, soybean cyst nematode, weeds, soybean germplasm and breeding, and soy nutrition and food science. It also includes information on the Yield Challenge program, biotechnology, nanotechnology, aquaculture and the North Central Soybean Research Program.

"When we evaluate project proposals, we consider how that research will ultimately benefit soybean farms, farmers and the industry as a whole," explained ISA District 17 Director Dean Campbell. "We want to ensure we are investing checkoff dollars in research that not only solves production-related problems but also aligns with the objectives set forth in the Association's mission and vision statements."

ISA partners with scientists from the National Soybean Research Laboratory and the state's four agriculture universities – Illinois State University, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Western Illinois University – on these independent research projects. Together, the team leaders and members identify priorities, set goals and tailor their research to meet the needs of Illinois soybean growers.

The 24-page research report is available online as a downloadable PDF at or by calling or emailing the ISA office for a printed copy at (309) 663-7692 or

About the Illinois Soybean Association

The Illinois Soybean Association is the statewide organization for Illinois soybean growers.  The farmers on its board administer soybean checkoff funds to support research, promotions, and educational programs designed to increase demand for Illinois soybeans and administer legislation and membership programs. For more information, visit: