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ILLINOIS KNOWS BEANS: USDA NASS estimates Illinois farmers raised 611.9 million bushels of soybeans in 2017 on 10.5 million harvested acres with an average yield of 58 bushels per acre.

Quick Take: Record bean yield, FSA committee update, NREC anniversary

Illinois produces most soybeans in U.S. Perdue announces FSA state committee appointees. Nutrient Research and Education Council celebrates five years.

Illinois keeps soybean production title

Illinois continues to top the nation in soybean production, according to USDA estimates. Due to good growing conditions and management practices, Illinois has claimed this title four of the last five growing seasons.

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service annual crop production report estimates that Illinois farmers raised 611.9 million bushels of soybeans in 2017 on 10.5 million harvested acres with an average yield of 58 bushels per acre. Illinois led the nation in all three categories. Iowa ranked second in production with 561.6 million bushels raised on 9.9 million acres with an average yield of 56.5 bushels per acre.

In 2017, there were more soybean acres harvested nationwide than corn acres.

“2017 was another good year for soybean production,” says Lynn Rohrscheib, a soybean farmer from Fairmount and Illinois Soybean Association chairwoman. “We are excited to be the top soybean-producing state again.”

Source: Illinois Soybean Association


Illinois FSA state committee announcement

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue recently announced the Illinois USDA Farm Service Agency state committee appointees. The state committee is responsible for overseeing farm programs and county committee operations, resolving appeals from the agricultural community, and keeping producers informed about FSA programs.

Each state committee has five members, including one chairperson and four members. The individuals appointed to serve on the Illinois committee are:

• Committee Chairman Jim Reed, DeLand
• Martin R. Barbre, Carmi
• Melanie DeSutter, Woodhull
• Ron Moore, Roseville
• Troy Uphoff, Findlay

The FSA serves farmers, ranchers and agricultural partners through the delivery of effective, efficient agricultural programs. 

Source: USDA


State nutrient research partnership marks 5 years

Farmers and environmentalists celebrated five years of the Illinois Nutrient Research and Education Council this week, a partnership that supports research and farmer education on fertilizer practices that improve water quality and economics. Since its inception in 2012, Illinois NREC has invested nearly $9.8 million into nutrient-related research efforts.

A celebration was held during the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association’s annual convention at the Peoria Civic Center and featured remarks from Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs, who sponsored the original legislation as a state senator in 2012. The legislation enacted a $1-per-ton fee on agricultural fertilizer sales to fund Illinois NREC and related programs of the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

“NREC has proven to be a great opportunity for Illinois agriculture and our environmental partners to collaborate and learn from one another about nutrient stewardship — an issue of critical interest to both groups,” says Jeff Kirwan, chairman of Illinois NREC, an Illinois Farm Bureau director and a Mercer County farmer. “NREC has provided the venue for us to work together, share successes and concerns, and work together to move the needle toward increased nutrient efficiency. Everyone wins when we effectively manage nutrients. It adds to the farmer’s bottom line and decreases the potential for unwanted nutrients making their way into our water systems.”

More information about the Illinois NREC is available at

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