Sign Up for ILSoyAdvisor.com 4Rs Webinar Aug. 23 

ILSoyAdvisor will host a webinar on soil fertility and soil testing, Aug. 23, from 10-11 a.m.  Presented by Terry D. Wyciskalla, CPAg/CCA/4R Certified, the webinar will discuss soil sampling and analysis when planning for high-yield soybeans.  One CEU in soil and water management is available.  Register online.

 

Chicago Millennial Consumer Webinar Recording Available 

ISA hosted a webinar last week for industry partners that highlighted key findings from recently conducted Chicago millennial consumer research. The research focused on better understanding the relationship between consumer thoughts, beliefs and trends, and how that translates into actual purchasing behavior. One of the key takeaways was that millennials are noticing a shift in the way they think about food, often due to their life stage, such as getting married or starting a family.  They’re considering their choices beyond just themselves.  To explore this learning and more, contact Sarah Duwe at sduwe@morganmyers.com for a recording of the webinar.
 

Dicamba Requires Appropriate Monitoring and Action

Everyone involved with production agriculture in Illinois has a critical role to play in the proper stewardship of new products, such as dicamba-based herbicides, including strict adherence to all label guidelines.  ISA continues to monitor for news and update the dicamba resources found here.  The page includes links from public and private sources, including this week a letter from Monsanto.
 
Any farmer who sees possible dicamba damage to crops should consider these steps:
  • Talk with the neighbor(s) who applied or contracted for the dicamba application(s).
  • If applicable, talk with the commercial applicator or product manufacturer.
  • If a yield loss is probable based on severity of symptoms, report a claim to your insurance company and ask the neighbor and/or the commercial applicator to do the same.
  • Contact the University of Illinois to assess type of drift on the field.  This bulletin provides details.
  • File a drift complaint with the Illinois Department of Agriculture.  Here’s how: 

 

Growth Stages R4-R6 Protect Soybeans from Stress

August is the month that puts the finishing touches on the soybean crop.  The R4 to R6 growth stages are when plants really start accumulating dry matter in pods and seeds, producing the oil and protein that are the ultimate value products.  2017 Soy Envoy Kevin Nelson shares what to watch for here.


Biofuels Supporters Comment on EPA Hearing

Several biofuels industry leaders presented comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at the 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) hearing Aug. 1.  National Biodiesel Board CEO Donnell Rehagen advocated for higher volumes of advanced biofuels and biomass-based diesel.  The 2018 RFS for advanced biofuels includes a decrease for advanced biofuels at 4.24 billion gallons, down from 4.28 billion.  Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and many others commented as well.  Listen here.
 

FPS Site for Small Grains and Emerging Markets Panel

A growing demand for artisan grains gives soybean farmers the opportunity to explore new markets and join in the local food movement.  The Illinois Stewardship Alliance will host a panel at Farm Progress Show featuring farmers, bakers and entrepreneurs who will share with interested parties how small grains can enhance farm health and profitability.  The “Small Grains and Emerging Markets” panel will take place Aug. 29 from 2–3 p.m. at the Conservation Tent on 26E in the Southeast Quad. 
 

USACE Plan Aims to Stop Asian Carp

Asian carp could be prevented from reaching Lake Michigan by a mixture of noise, water jets and another electric barrier, according to a draft plan released by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).  The report analyzes options for upgrading the Brandon Road Lock and Dam on the Des Plaines River near Joliet, Ill., which is considered a critical pinch point for stopping invasive carp.  USACE stopped short of recommending closure of the Brandon Road Lock, citing the potential economic impact on the barge and shipping industry.  USACE is planning public meetings to discuss the contents of the report and allow for public comment.  Read the report here.
 

Macoupin Watershed to Host Soil Health Field Day Next Week

Supported by the ISA checkoff program, an Aug. 17 field day in Gillespie, Ill., will feature strip-tillage demonstrations, cover crop trials and best management practices for improved water and soil quality, especially related to phosphorus runoff.  Macoupin County Pork Producers will provide free lunch and continuing education unit (CEU) credits are available in soil and water management.  To register, contact Rhonda Koehne at the Macoupin County SWCD at 217-854-2626, or register online.
 

Share your Conservation Story and You Could be a Winner

Share how conservation is part of your farm, and you could be the next winner of a Conservation Legacy Award.  The program showcases farm management practices of U.S. soybean producers that are environmentally friendly and profitable.  All U.S. soybean farmers are eligible to enter, and are judged on soil management, water management, input management, conservation, environmental management and sustainability.  Three regional winners and one national winner are selected.  The awards are sponsored by ASA, BASF, Corn & Soybean Digest, Monsanto, United Soybean Board and Valent U.S.A.  Submit an application here by Sept. 8, 2017.
 

Consider Membership Program Options

To bring farmers the most value possible, Illinois Soybean Growers has two membership options: policy membership and informational membership.  Membership in ASA is included with both options.  Contact the ISG office at 888-826-4011 for more details and to join or renew. 
 

Become Involved: Participate in ISG’s Political Action Committee

Illinois soybean farmers are invited to participate in the Illinois Soybean Growers Political Action Committee (ISGPAC).  ISGPAC provides farmers with strong involvement in political races, and a direct pipeline to tell legislators about the issues that matter most to Illinois farmers:  transportation efficiency, expanding animal agriculture, worldwide market access support, biodiesel, trade, energy, taxes and ag research.  Farmers directly can support legislators who take a leadership role on soybean priorities and policies.  ISGPAC helps nurture those relationships and keeps key contacts in office where they work for the industry's best interests.  Visit ISGPAC.
 

Tweet of the Week

Yield Challenge participants: Update Mike Scheer (mscheer@ilsoy.org) with your soybean report and win dinner on us! http://bit.ly/2uz3s82  Check out the tweet here.
 
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