Date: November 29, 2012
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Wisconsin Soybean Farmers Look to the Future at Area Conferences, December 11, 12, 13
Madison, WI, November 29, 2012—After battling the droughts and challenges of the 2012 growing season, Wisconsin soybean farmers are preparing for 2013. That’s good news for all of us, because according to Wisconsin Agricultural Statistics, agriculture generates more than $59 billion for the state’s economy and provides one in ten jobs in Wisconsin. Wisconsin farmers who grow the versatile soybean help to build our strong economic foundation. At a series of Area Soybean Conferences, growers will head into the New Year with workshops addressing a wide range of agricultural issues and concerns.
Conference topics include “The 2012 Drought Impact on the 2013 Soybean Crop” and “New Soil Fertility Recommendations for Soybeans.” A trio of area conferences is scheduled for December 11, 12 and 13 in Holmen, Janesville and Ripon, WI.
One of the presenting experts, UW-Extension Soybean Specialist Dr. Shawn Conley, explains the timeliness and importance of these conferences. "The challenges of the 2012 growing season are still not behind us. Growers will want to attend the conference to plan how best to manage their soils, select crop inputs and learn ways to minimize threats like disease or drought conditions on the upcoming growing season."
Other conference sessions will be devoted to marketing, and the National Soybean Sustainability Initiative. Also, as Dr. Conley notes, "Growers will learn how potential risks, such as drought, impact seed quality, crop fertility and soybean cyst nematode.” The latter is a soybean plant disease that costs U.S. growers $1 billion annually in crop losses. Dr. Conley adds, “We will also discuss soybean growers’ efforts to document and communicate stewardship and sustainability metrics.”
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The Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board (WSMB) is a grassroots, farmer-led organization that leads efforts in soybean research and the expansion of soybean market opportunities. Established in 1983 as part of a Wisconsin-mandated checkoff, the board works every day to maximize the profitability of Wisconsin soybean producers. It builds soybean demand, creates new uses for soybeans, and focuses on soybean disease research. WSMB is committed to providing statewide soy education and outreach programs that inform consumers about the benefits of soy. It offers a comprehensive soy curriculum for educators, and partners with the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom to provide Soybean Science Kits and lessons that increase agricultural literacy.