February 2024

February 5, 2024


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In this issue...

On the Cover
As farm income is squeezed by lower prices and higher costs, Lee Brooke says tightening up the basic fundamentals of farming - from inputs to production - is his recipe heading into 2024.

Executive Insights: Sixty years and counting
Iowa Soybean Association reflects on industry changes and growth in celebration of its 60th Anniversary.
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Rural Route 2: Never miss a performance
Just as Iowa farmers strive to leave a legacy, New York creates biofuels legacy with biodiesel and Bioheat usage. 
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Protecting profitability during times of tightening margins
Maximize profitability this season with strategical planting techniques, nutrient usage and pest management practices.
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The fight against soybean cyst nematode
Researchers use SCN Profit Checker to determine value of soybean cyst nematode damage and generate defense strategies.
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Wayne Fredericks - A legacy of leadership
Wayne Fredericks honored with the Legacy of Leadership award for his desire to help others and improve the soy industry.
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Seeing the benefits of drainage water recycling
Drainage water recycling trials demonstrate how farmers can increase crop yields while improving water quality.
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Research collaboration benefits Iowa farmers
Iowa State University and Iowa Soybean Association collaboration generates farmer-focused research and unbiased data.
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Big problems in little pathogens
Research focusing on Diaporthe/Phomopsis seeks to understand the fungus, the damage it causes and possible treatments.
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Manure research projects continue
Research seeks to increase farmer profitability and reduce nutrient loss with a targeted manure management approach.
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