Results gathered from a three-year farmer survey will h

Results gathered from a three-year farmer survey will help producers practices associated with higher yields and profitability in their region of the state. (Photo credit: Joclyn Bushman/Iowa Soybean Association).

Help us to help you

May 26, 2022 | Kriss Nelson

Through surveys, the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) has asked farmers to provide anonymous production data. The information gathered has been identified and has confirmed there are significant ways farmers can increase their profitability from these results.

In the next Innovation To Go Webinar, Using Farmer Data to Develop More Profitable Crop Management Systems in Soybeans, attendees will see results from past surveys and learn about a new farmer data initiative.

During the session scheduled from 12-1 p.m. Tuesday, June 7, Scott Nelson, ISA senior field services program manager, will introduce a new North Central Soybean Research Program (NCSRP) soybean survey.

Results from the survey will be gathered and featured on a website where farmers can select their geography on a map and see what soybean management practices were most associated with higher profitability and yield.

There are also plans to eventually provide in-season updates.

“We will survey the major pests and diseases in the state, and we will be able to show those hot zones on the map of herbicide injury, disease or insect pressure to help them understand their area better,” says Nelson.

The NCSRP survey will require thousands of fields enrolled to be successful.  

“We need farmers to help us so we can help them,” says Nelson. “The 20-minute survey requires more details than past surveys to gain a more holistic understanding of the most profitable soybean production systems.”

Nelson says although the study is slated to last three years, producers can expect results to be posted after the first year. It is also important to note the information provided remains anonymous.

For more information about the survey, contact Nelson at or (515) 334-1055.

2022 Innovation TO GO Series

The 2022 Innovation TO GO Series continues throughout the summer.

Relay Cropping in Iowa: Methods and Tradeoffs

Tuesday, July 12 | 12-1 p.m. 

Learn about research into relay cropping rye and soybeans conducted by farmer cooperators in coordination with ISA RCFI and Northeast Iowa Resource Conservation & Development in 2020-22. Join ISA staff as they discuss the purpose, steps and results of the research and other ongoing projects. Register here for this event.

Drainage Water Recycling for Crop Production and Water Quality

Tuesday, Aug. 2 | 12-1 p.m. 

Drainage water recycling captures and stores drainage water for reuse as supplemental irrigation. This practice can both improve crop production as well as benefit water quality. This webinar will cover what ISA researchers have learned about this practice and some of the remaining questions as we look at the potential feasibility of this practice in Iowa. Register here for this event.

Keys to Improved Soil Health, Water Quality and Profitability

Tuesday, Sept. 13 | 12-1 p.m. 

Join ISA RCFI conservation agronomists as they discuss their role in assisting farmers and landowners with adopting conservation practices. An interactive panel discussion will highlight the value of cover crops and edge of field practices in improving soil health and water quality and increasing farmer profitability. Engage with our network of conservation agronomists to learn about available cost-share resources and more. Register here for this event.


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