Soybean planting is underway, and the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) makes it easy for educators and consumers to see the process in action. ISA’s SoyCam.com offers a firsthand, season-long view of soybean production.
Funded by the Illinois soybean checkoff, Soycam follows eight Illinois soybean farmers as they document their activities through the growing season with photographs and commentary. The SoyCam website is part of ISA’s “Pod to Plate” program, and provides access to a wide range of interactive learning opportunities that support the Illinois Ag in the Classroom project.
“Enhancing the agricultural learning experience, SoyCam gives those outside the farming community a unique glimpse into our industry,” says Bill Wykes, soybean farmer from Yorkville, Ill., and SoyCam photographer. “We’ve been doing this for five years. Each year, we gain ground making consumers more aware of what we do and why we do it. It is efforts like this that best demonstrate the interrelationship between crops, livestock and the grocery store.”