Illinois has claimed the title of top soybean-producing state for the second year in a row, according to USDA estimates.
“Achieving this distinction for the second year in a row is confirmation that Illinois has become a nationwide leader in soybean production,” says Craig Ratajczyk, chief executive officer, Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG). “In addition to our ongoing work to build demand both domestically and internationally, we support our growers with a wide range of programs, such as www.ilsoyadvisor.com, our online resource for soybean production information, and the Voice for Soy program, which helps give farmers a voice in legislative matters.”
The Jan. 12 USDA Crop Production Report estimates Illinois farmers raised 547.7 million bushels of soybeans in 2014 on 9.8 million harvested acres with an average yield of 56 bushels per acre. Iowa ranked second in terms of total production with 505.7 million bushels raised on 9.8 million acres and an average yield of 51.5 bushels per acre. In 2013, Illinois produced 474 million bushels.
“While it’s true weather played a major role in this year’s harvest, better management practices play an important role in helping farmers take advantage of a good growing year,” says Bill Raben, soybean farmer from Ridgway, Ill., and ISG chairman. “To help support the success of Illinois soybean growers, ISG invests checkoff funds in programs to build demand by reaching new markets, as well as research and education programs to help ensure grower profitability.”
Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) is a membership organization serving more than 45,000 Illinois soybean growers. ISG provides advocacy in Springfield and Washington, D.C., to promote the interests of soybean farmers, and research, promotion and education programs that enhance soybean production and use. For more information, visit the websitewww.ilsoygrowers.org.
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