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Production and Research

Production and Research

Best management practices are the keys to a successful farming operation, and soybean farmers are at the forefront of making sure their farms are the most productive they can be with less cost to the environment and their own farm operation.

ISA supports on-farm research and tools that help soybean farmers maximize their farms' performance, including research into new traits; methods and tools that enhance yield and composition and new ways to control soybean pests and manage diseases, all while producing soybeans in a sustainable, environmentally acceptable manner.

ISA is also a partner organization with INfield Advantage (formerly On-Farm Network) – a program that focuses on technology to collect user-specific information from farm test plots around the state.  














Production Facts

Production and Research

2014 Production



Production 301.92 Million Bushels 3.927 Billion Bushels
Area Planted 5.45 Million Acres 83.28 Million Acres
Area Harvested 5.44 Million Acres 82.59 Million Acres
Average Crop Yield 55.5 Bu/acre 47.5 Bu/acre
Price Paid to Farmers  $10.21/Bushel $10.08/Bushel
Soybean Crop Value  $3,083 billion $39.58 Billion

Indiana ranks 4th in soybean production compared to other states.


Top-Producing Counties in 2014

1.  Montgomery
2.  Clinton
3.  Randolph
4.  Benton
5.  Rush

2014 Indiana Averages of Soybean Bushels per Acre Produced by County (see map below)


 Compare 2011 production, crop value, and county statistics


2011 Indiana Soybean Markets

Source: Informa Economics


Biotech Facts

  • Biotech crops are grown by 14 million farmers in 25 countries, mostly in developing nations. (International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA), Brief 41-2009)
  • The soybean research pipeline currently holds as many as 12 key soybean biotech events that could be part of new, commercialized U.S. soybean varieties within the next five to seven years.
  • Many traits that are in the soybean pipeline include ones that have benefits for consumers such as heart healthy omega-3 fatty acid, low saturates and, eventually, antibodies.
  • An Iowa State University study shows that without biotechnology, global prices would be nearly 10 percent higher for soybeans.
  • Biotechnology also benefits the environment. A Center for Applied Special Technology report says biotech soy, corn and cotton have decreased soil erosion by 90 percent, preserving 37 million tons of topsoil. Biotech crops also provide a 70 percent reduction in herbicide runoff and an 85 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
  • By developing special traits in plants, biotechnology allows for more food to be grown in more places using fewer chemicals and fewer natural resources.
  • Plant breeding also results in crops better able to withstand the environmental challenges of drought, disease and insect infestations.
  • This increased availability of crops provides significant economic gains to farmers indeveloping countries.

Source: 2011 United Soybean Board 

Production Research

Production and Research

Indiana Soybean Alliance believes in investing soybean checkoff dollars into basic and applied research programs. Much of the production driven research is conducted through ISA’s partnership with Purdue University College of Agriculture and North Central Soybean Research Program.

Indiana Soybean Alliance farmer directors and researchers work together to identify and prioritize needs or issues faced in producing high yielding, high-quality soybeans. Whether that is accomplished through biotechnology, genetics, or agronomics – soybean farmers want researchers to be able to discover, develop and utilize tools to find new ways to resist pests and disease,develop and cultivate healthy and efficient varieties, and create lines of soybeans with desirable composition traits. And do so in ways that provide economic and ecological benefits back to the farmer and the land.

Best Management Practices Research

Pests and Disease Research


  • Evaluating Soybean Aphid Seed Treatments, Resistance to Genetics and Effects of Biological Control
  • Understanding the Sudden Death Syndrome/Soybean Cyst Nematode Interaction in Indiana
  • Evaluation of Phytophthora Sojae Populations In Indiana and Efficacy of Current Management Practices for Control of Phytophthora Root Rot of Soybean
  • Influence of Spray Water Quality on Dicamba, 2,4-D, And Sharpen Efficacy on Indiana’s Toughest Weeds
  • Influence of Spray Water Quality on Dicamba, Glufonsinate, Glyphosate, 2,4-D And Safluefenacil Efficacy on Indiana’s Toughest Broadleaf Weeds
  • Screening and Control of Glyphosate-Resistant Weeds in Soybean Production Systems

Breeding and Genetics Research

  • Agronomic Evaluations of Nine Decades of Soybean Cultivars: Nitrogen Fixation
  • Genetic Dissection of Uncharacterized Rps Genes and Marker Development
  • Development of New Genetic Resources and Tools For Soybean Improvement
  • Groundwork for Improving Nutritional Value of Soybeans
  • Effective Micronutrient Management for Higher Soybean Yields

For more information on these studies, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Director of Production and Research at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Other Research Resources:

Production and Research Resources

Production and Research

Improved efficiencies in production and in management decisions can translate to increased profitability for your farm.  ISA offers several resources to help. Click on the links below to receive more detail.

Production Resources

Production and Research

Know Your SCN Numbers: Soybean cyst nematode (SCN) is a serious threat to soybean production, capable of causing significant yield losses. Learn how to sample for SCN and where to send samples here.

Plant Management Network
: A not-for-profit, online publishing effort whose mission is to enhance the health, management, and production of agricultural and horticultural crops.

Purdue Pocket Field Guide
: Purchase the pocket field guide from Purdue University. Sign up for a free app here.

Soybean Research & Information Initiative
: Funded by the soybean checkoff, the Soybean Research & Information Initiative aims to help growers manage soybeans from the ground up. 

National Soybean Research Laboratory
The National Soybean Research Laboratory (NSRL) is focused on addressing soybean production challenges and delivering solutions to soybean growers and the soybean industry. NSRL brings together leading scientists, industry representatives, and soybean producers to discuss production topics and to explore all aspects of soybean production including yield, grain composition, and yield-reducing diseases and pests.

Soybean Quality Toolbox
: Smart seed selection is the first step toward meeting customer demands. Follow the step-by-step process in this toolbox to help identify top-performing varieties in specific regions.

Early Soybean Planting Systems Handbook
:  1998 handbook by United Soybean Board.

Ag Professional Soybean Resource Center
: Sponsored by Syngenta, this online resource center features information about soybean diseases, insects, weeds and resistances. It also provides the latest soybean-related news and market prices.

Soybean Rust Information Site - USDA

Purdue Performance Trials
- In 2011, ISA funded the farmer nomination soybean variety testing program through Purdue Crop Performance Program (PCPP).


United Soybean Board Farmer Resources

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