Do What’s Right with Dicamba

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.  Working with other groups, the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) has developed key learnings to help farmers make best use of new dicamba technologies.
Any farmer growing non dicamba-tolerant soybeans or other sensitive crops 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: 

ASA Welcomes Soy Health Claim

The American Soybean Association (ASA) welcomed news that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a qualified health claim linking consumption of soybean oil to reduced risk of coronary heart disease. The petition, filed by Bunge North America, pointed to the potential heart health benefits of soybean oil.  Manufacturers may now communicate that soybean oil may reduce coronary heart disease risk and lower LDL-cholesterol when replacing saturated fat and not increasing calories.

B20 Club Member Earns Industry Recognition for Biodiesel Use

ISA B20 Club member G&D Integrated earned a spot on Inbound Logistics’ 2017 list of Green Supply Chain Partners, based on its measurable green results, sustainability innovation, continuous improvement and industry recognition.  The Morton, Ill., company also was featured recently in Fleet Equipment magazine as a progressive fleet that embraces environmental sustainability.  G&D Integrated operates more than 400 diesel vehicles on B20 fuel, consuming more than 1.7 million gallons of B20 annually.  Its annual reduction in CO2 emissions is equal to 72,893 trees planted.

Double-Crop Demos Return to Farm Progress Show

The ISA checkoff program, along with Syngenta, Growmark and Limagrain Genetics, are sponsoring double-crop demonstration plots at the 2017 Farm Progress Show, Aug. 29-31, in Decatur, Ill.  The plots, located in the Southwest Quadrant, location 2141, are designed to show the benefits of early wheat varieties, which provide a longer growing season for soybeans.  Estimates indicate a one bushel-per-acre-per-day advantage for earlier soybean planting.  The demonstration plots also will highlight economic and environmental benefits to a double-crop system.

ILSoyAdvisor is Spilling the Beans at Farm Progress Show

  • Ask an Envoy: Stop by and talk with our CCA Soy Envoys.  Ask them questions about your farm and hear their expert advice on maximizing every acre and improving your bottom line.  
  • Check out on our interactive touchscreen and learn why information might just be your most important crop input this season.
  • Visit the ILSoyAdvisor booth and sign up for the e-newsletter and/or follow @ILSoyAdvisor on Twitter to walk away with a new t-shirt. 
  • Interested in testing new practices and comparing how they perform against other fields? Looking to break yield barriers and push pods to their full potential?  Visit with Mike Scheer and learn more about finding your edge with the ILSoyAdvisor Yield Challenge.

Food Influencers Invited to Soy in the City Farm-to-Table Dinner

As part of its Soy in the City initiative, the ISA checkoff program is hosting a soy-inspired farm-to-table dinner later this month at the Museum of Science and Industry.  Select guests, including Chicago bloggers, dietitians and other food industry decision makers, will explore interesting ways to use local, sustainably grown soybeans and meet Illinois farmers.  ISA is working with several food partners on this event, including Sodexo, Eli’s Cheesecake Company and Phoenix Bean.

New Adams County Beef Barn Hosting Open House Aug. 8

Jacob Schmidt will host an open house for his new bed pack hoop cattle barn near Camp Point, Ill., on Aug. 8 from 5-8 p.m.  Visitors will be able to tour the barn to see the latest technologies for cattle comfort and environmental stewardship.  Free ribeye sandwiches also will be served.  The open house will be at 2466 N. 1850th Ave., Camp Point, southeast of town.  The Illinois Livestock Development Group (ILDG) coordinates events like this to encourage support for animal agriculture, the top market for Illinois soybeans.  For more information or directions, contact Lindsey Henson or Laura Temple.

Peruvian Poultry Promotion Supports Soybean Meal Market

Several ISA directors recently visited Peru with the USA Poultry and Egg Export Council (USAPEEC) to see U.S. poultry promotion efforts first-hand.  The ISA checkoff program supports in-store promotions, cooking workshops, seminars and other activities.  U.S. poultry exports to Peru have increased from nearly 4,600 metric tons in 2011 to more than 20,300 metric tons in 2016.  Poultry consume more than half the soybean meal fed in the U.S., so growing export markets increases meal demand.

Macoupin Watershed to Host Soil Health Field Day on Aug. 17

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.  Speakers include Jim Hoorman, soil health specialist with the National Resources Conservation Service, and Jim Isermann, Illinois field manager with the Soil Health Partnership, among others.  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.

2017–18 ASA DuPont Young Leader Program Applications Available

The American Soybean Association (ASA) Young Leader program engages new and aspiring leaders. The program starts Nov. 28-30 at the DuPont Pioneer Headquarters in Johnston, Iowa, with another phase held during Commodity Classic 2018 in Anaheim, Calif., Feb. 25-28.  Apply online by Sept. 30, 2017.

Sign Up for 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.

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.

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