Soybean Checkoff partnership to assist Illinois farmers

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

 Illinois soybean farmers will soon have a quick and convenient way to learn more about how soybean checkoff-funded production research can help protect and increase soybean yields. They should expect an electronic, or e-newsletter, a new form of communication from the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA), in their email inboxes by Sept. 15. The e-newsletter, produced by the United Soybean Board (USB) and ISA will summarize the 2012 Illinois Soybean Research Report.

“New research advancements impacting soybean production occur all the time,” says David Hartke, a soybean farmer from Teutopolis, and farmer-leader who serves on the checkoff’s production research program. “As farmers, it continues to be vital to have this information readily available so we can make informed decisions. This new, electronic newsletter will be a great addition to the suite of tools that USB and ISA provide to soybean farmers. With this information at their fingertips, farmers will be able to spend more time in the fields and less time on the computer looking for solutions to weed, insect and other soybean production issues.”

The e-newsletter will cover a variety of research results important to Illinois farmers, including sudden death syndrome resistance levels in more than 1,400 soybean varieties and ways farmers can maximize their weed-management dollars. Readers will also learn how SCN and R. solani impact soybean yield and growth and whether or not the ideal soybean seeding rate is dependent on weed-control strategy.

USB farmer-directors initiated the Information and Technology Transfer project, a collaborative effort between the soybean checkoff, numerous state soybean boards and their respective land-grant universities to increase the distribution of checkoff-funded and other critical production research information to help U.S. soybean farmers improve their profitability.

USB is made up of 69 farmer-directors who oversee the investments of the soybean checkoff on behalf of all U.S. soybean farmers. Checkoff funds are invested in the areas of animal utilization, human utilization, industrial utilization, industry relations, market access and supply. As stipulated in the Soybean Promotion, Research and Consumer Information Act, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service has oversight responsibilities for USB and the soybean checkoff.