BLOOMINGTON — Soybean farmers looking for new ways to increase per-acre profitability are encouraged to attend one of the two-hour, free field days scheduled for Aug. 15 and 16. The field days are focused on managing double-crop rotations to enhance profitability and are supported by the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) checkoff program.
Each event includes presentations by double-crop experts and field demonstrations with the latest management practices, including an early harvest-plant approach that can boost profitability potential. Dates and locations include:
Marion, Aug. 15, starting at 10:30 a.m.
Effingham, Aug. 15, starting at 4:30 p.m.
Wyoming, Aug. 16, starting at 10:30 a.m.
Walnut, Aug. 16, starting at 4:30 p.m.
“For years, ISA has invested checkoff dollars to help producers realize the many benefits of better wheat and soybean rotation management,” says Dan Davidson, ISA technical consultant.
Davidson explains that harvesting wheat early, followed immediately by planting beans, can add an additional bushel per acre per day to soybean yields, making the rotation more profitable than corn or beans alone. What’s more, additional ISA research is exploring multiple benefits of the rotation including suppression of weeds and soybean cyst nematode.
“In this tight ag economy, producers need to look at every aspect of their operation,” says Linda Kull, ISA director of strategic research programs. “These short events will deliver practical, expert insights producers can take home. If you’re a double-cropper, or just looking for new opportunities and approaches, we look forward to seeing you at one of these events.”
The free half-day events include a light meal. For more information and to register, please visit: https://www.ilsoy.org/fielddays.
The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) checkoff and membership programs represent more than 43,000 soybean farmers in Illinois. The checkoff funds market development, soybean production and profitability research, issues analysis, communications and education. Membership and advocacy efforts support Illinois soybean farmers interests in local areas, Springfield and Washington, D.C., through the Illinois Soybean Growers. ISA programs are designed to ensure Illinois soy is the highest quality, most dependable, sustainable and competitive in the global marketplace. For more information, visit the website www.ilsoy.org.