Conference to help farmers better their beans

Conference aims to help farmers improve their soybean crops. (WLFI Photo/Austin Miller)
Conference aims to help farmers improve their soybean crops. (WLFI Photo/Austin Miller)

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A conference in Lafayette aims to help farmers produce better soybeans.

More than 20 farmers from Northwest Indiana attended the United Soybean Board’s soybean conference. The conference featured several speakers who talked about ways farmers can improve the quality of soybean growth.

The farmers could also test their soybeans’ moisture, protein and oil levels.

One board member says nearly 97 percent of soy is used to feed livestock.

“We want to make sure that we can continue to produce a quality product that these animals will be able to utilize to the fullest,” said Mike Beard, a member of the United Soybean Board.

He said a better product means more money for both livestock and soybean farmers.

“If I’m sitting on the other side of the table today, I’m going to get an idea of what the things are that I need to look for to determine higher quality soybeans. And that’s going to be genetics, content of protein and higher levels of certain amino acids,” Beard said.

This is the first year that the United Soybean Board has organized the conference. The board has already held conferences in Arkansas, Illinois and Nebraska. The final one will take place in Kansas later this year. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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