Today's soybean farmers are reaching high for 100-bushel soybean yields, and they will learn about increasing yields during the 2013 soy100 meeting held March 5 at the South Dakota State University campus. Farmers can register for soy100 online.

The free event is sponsored by the South Dakota Soybean Research & Promotion Council, SDSU Extension and the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station. It will be held in on the SDSU Campus in Brookings. The meeting will be in Room D of the Rotunda, located on Rotunda Lane.

"This program helps farmers learn how to improve, increase and enhance soybean productivity in their fields by looking at what the state's top soybean producers are doing and management tips gained from research," said Greg Carlson, professor of Plant Science at SDSU.

During the event, growers will get a sneak peak at the newest SDSU Extension publication, "iGrow Soybeans: Best Management Practices for Soybean Production." The iGrow Soybeans: Best Management Practices for Soybean Production Manual is the result of a five-year research coordinated project with SDSU and the South Dakota Soybean Research & Promotion Council. Starting March 4, producers will be able to visit iGrow to get a spring planting preview.

"We are very excited to launch the iGrow Soybeans: Best Management Practices manual at our annual soy100 event. The soy100 event is all about achieving 100-bushel soybeans, and the Best Management Practices manual is a comprehensive guide that will help all farmers reach toward this goal," said David Iverson, soybean farmer from Astoria, S.D., and chairman of the South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council.

soy100 Event Details:

8 to 8:45 a.m. Registration
8:45 to 9 a.m. Welcome from David Clay, Director, SDSU Drought Tolerance Center; Barry Dunn, Dean of the College of Agriculture and Director of SDSU Extension; and Jeremy Freking, Executive Director, South Dakota Soybean.
9 a.m. Global Soybean Situation: Supply, Demand & Outlook, presented by John Baize, Ag Trading & Policy Consultant.
9:45 a.m. Soybean success Best management practices & Soybean yield contest trends.
10:30 a.m. Soybean entomology: Focus on soybean aphids, presented by Chris Difonzo, Michigan State University.

11:00 a.m.


Managing for drought stress and Climate variability, presented by Dennis Todey, SDSU.
Crop rotations, presented by Dan Forgey, manager of Cronin Farms.
Crop Plant Response to Drought, presented by, Sharon Clay, president, American Society of Agronomy; Professor, SDSU Weed Science.
12:15 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions
Drought, presented by Dennis Todey, SDSU Extension Climate Specialist
Pest resistance, presented by Kelley Tilmon, SDSU Extension Soybean Entomology Specialist.
100-bushel soybeans, presented by Bob Narem, Crop Consultant and Agronomist, Soil Consultants, Inc.
Cover crops, Cheryl Reese, Research Associate III, Instructor, Plant Science Dept., SDSU and Dan Forgey, manager of Cronin Farms.

For more information visit SD Soybean or iGrow or contact Sarah Even, South Dakota Soybean communications director, at 605.330.9942 for more soy100 information.