ASA Podcasts

PodTalk: Improving Protein Quality is Vital to U.S. Soy’s #1 Customer

While many farmers focus on increasing the volume of soybeans they produce, the value of the meal and oil in those beans is even more important. But in recent years, the crude protein levels in soybean meal produced in the U.S. have been on a steady decline—and that has given other feed sources an opening with livestock producers.

In this PodTalk, we explore the importance of animal agriculture to U.S. soybean farmers—and the need to improve and capture the value of the soybean meal that is fed to those animals both domestically and around the world.


PodTalk is a podcast sponsored by the United Soybean Board. 

PodTalk: New High Oleic Varieties Promise Strengthened Soybean Demand

A lot of attention has been paid to the quality of the protein in soybean meal—and that continues to be of utmost importance to the competitiveness of U.S. soybean meal globally.  However, about 20 percent of the bean is comprised of oil.  But that one-fifth of a bean comprises about one-third of the price a farmer gets for that bean.

In this PodTalk we explore the development of high oleic soybeans—and their potential for increasing soybean demand and improving the profitability of U.S. soybean producers.

PodTalk is a podcast sponsored by the United Soybean Board. 

Illinois Builds Global Demand for Soybeans

Not only is Illinois the leading soybean-producing state in America, it’s also the fourth largest soybean country in the entire world, producing nearly 600 million bushels of beans on more than 10 million acres in 2017.

Roughly 60 percent of those beans, with an estimated value of nearly $3 billion dollars, are destined for export markets, with one out of every three rows going to our biggest soybean customer, China.

In this episode of Profitability Radio, we speak with ISA Trade Teams Lead David Headley about ISA’s effort to build global demand for Illinois soybeans.

Headley discusses ISA trade team efforts, including why Illinois beans are so prized in the global marketplace. Listen to the full report below:

David Headley is currently the Trade Team Lead at Illinois Soybean Association where he assists with new initiatives to strengthen worldwide market access and trade consolidations through international delegation visits to Illinois.

Throughout his career David has traveled to more than 70 countries analyzing and assessing a complex global agriculture supply chain.

David is a published author of several papers, articles and Op-Ed’s including being featured in Wall Street Journal. He holds a BS in Agriculture from North Carolina State University and MBA in International Business from University of Illinois.

PodTalk: Strengthening the U.S. Soy Industry

The soy checkoff has been in place since Congress authorized it in 1991, as a way to fund soybean research and promotion efforts.

In this PodTalk we’re going to find out about the important role of the soy checkoff in strengthening the soybean industry as a whole, and bringing value to U.S. soybean farmers.

PodTalk is a podcast sponsored by the United Soybean Board. 

PodTalk: Innovation Beyond the Bushel

To many soybean farmers, the most important metric is yield—bushels per acre. And that is a critical factor of a soybean farmer’s profitability. But it’s no longer just about the quantity of soybeans. The compositional quality of the protein and oil components in those beans holds significant value.

In this PodTalk we’re going to find out about the need to improve the compositional quality of the protein and the oil in U.S. soybeans in order to meet end-user demands and maintain market share.

PodTalk is a podcast sponsored by the United Soybean Board. 



Fungicide Timing and Use in Production

Managing soybean diseases starts with knowing what to look for locally.

In this latest podcast, Beck’s Hybrids agronomist Chad Kalaher talks about soybean diseases that are common in Illinois and how to employ proper fungicide management.

In all of Illinois Septoria brown spot is tagged as the number 2 yield robber in soybeans. It progresses from the bottom of the plant and is a disease that soybean farmers should look out for. In addition, northern Illinois farmers should watch for white mold, while Southern Illinois farmers should watch for frogeye leaf spot.

It’s important to note that not all diseases come from fungi, but can instead be from bacteria and viruses. For example, soybean vein necrosis virus would not be controlled with a fungicide.

Kalaher notes that in choosing which fungicide to use, it’s important to be cognizant of rotating modes of action to avoid resistance.

“I liken it to herbicides,” Kalaher notes. “We need to use the proper chemistry.”

The timing and mixes of applications will depend on which diseases farmers are dealing with. If there are macro and micronutrient deficiencies, farmers may be able to address those at the same time as their fungicide application.

When it comes to foliar feeding, there are many great resources that focus on which nutrients plants can still utilize. Kalaher gives some resources that soybean farmers can use and who to contact if they are looking into this management tool.

Chad Kalaher is a CCA soy envoy for East Central Illinois. He is also an agronomist for Beck’s Hybrids. He has a bachelor’s degree in agronomy from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree in weed science from North Carolina State University. Podcast: Managing the 2017 Soybean Crop

It’s another record year for soybean acres planted, as 10 – 15 percent of planned corn acres were shifted to soybeans due to the spring weather conditions. This record doesn’t come without challenges, though. Many of those acres will need special attention throughout the growing season.

Agronomy sales specialist Dawn Kielsmeier talks late-planted soybeans and how to best manage this year’s crop for a successful growing season.

Kielsmeier estimates that 70 percent of soybeans in her growing area were planted later than normal. On top of late plants, due to the heavy May rainfall and June dryness many fields are showing uneven emergence and growing stages right now.

To make up for lost calendar time, the best thing to do is make sure there’s good weed and disease control, Kielsmeier says.

“We have to take care of what’s out there at this point,” says Kielsmeier.

This season, in-season management will be very important to make sure the crop that is planted can thrive as much as possible.

Dawn Kielsmeier is an agronomy sales specialist with Pearl City Elevator in Baileyville, Illinois. She has a bachelor’s degree in dairy science and a master’s degree in agronomy from the University of Illinois. Dawn has been a Certified Crop Advisor since 1993 and is one of this year’s ILSoyAdvisor CCA Soy Envoys. Podcast: ISA Trade and Market Development

As trade facilitator for the Illinois Soybean Association, Eric Woodie spends his days working to generate beneficial partnerships with stakeholders across trade, transportation, infrastructure and other industries to create changes that will positively impact Illinois soybean growers. With more than a decade of experience in export trade, foreign markets, and inland logistics, Woodie’s skillset was a perfect match for ISA.

“I handle the practical stuff,” says Woodie. “Aligning the right people to get projects going that ensure we’re getting soybeans into critical markets and working hard to minimize or remove any challenges for Illinois farmers.” Podcast: Habits of Highly Successful Farmers

In both good times and bad there are commonalities among the farmers who tend to be most profitable. Last year a study sponsored by ISA and the Illinois Soybean checkoff program explored the on-farm practices that led to healthier bottom lines. Gary Schnitkey, agriculture and consumer economics professor at the University of Illinois, and his team of researchers found that certain habits of the most successful farmers set them apart.

“The most resilient farmers are able to mitigate risks, make informed, cross-functional decisions and operate with lower overall costs than their peers,” says Schnitkey. Listen now to hear more on these fascinating findings. Podcast: How Do You Win in Tough Times?

It’s cliché, but the adage “tough times don’t last, but tough people do” holds more than a little truth. To help make sure your farm endures, Mike Boehlje, Ph.D., distinguished professor of agricultural economics at Purdue University, suggests developing standard operating procedures for more precise management, as well as additional advice to hone your business management skills—no matter what the economic future holds.

Listen now to hear Boehlje’s specific recommendations for managing costs, controlling what you can and positioning your operation for success and resiliency. podcasts are funded by the Illinois Soybean Association checkoff program.