Register to Attend Seminar Featuring National Record Yield Breaker

Randy Dowdy, U.S. record yield breaker for corn and soybeans, will lead a free seminar in Bloomington, Ill., Jan. 20, hosted by the ISA checkoff program and sponsored by the Illinois Corn Growers Association, FS InVISION and FS HiSOY.  The seminar is titled “Maximizing Yield while Optimizing ROI: Randy Dowdy Shows How.”  Dowdy is the 2016 national soybean yield record holder at 171.8 bushels per acre.  In 2014, he was the national corn yield record holder at 504 bushels per acre.  In 2016, Dowdy placed first in the no-till/strip-till irrigated corn category with a yield of 521 bushels per acre. The seminar will be held at the Parke Regency Hotel & Conference Center from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. with lunch.  Growers may talk with Dowdy and ask questions about approaches he takes to increase yield.  To register for the event, please click here or call 888-826-4011. All attendees will be registered for the day-long seminar and lunch.  Space is limited to the first 200 registrants, so register today.

Soybean Summits Bring Latest Tools and Tips to Farmers

The Soybean Summits will bring valuable management resources to local farmers this winter.  Funded in part by the ISA checkoff program, the 2017 Soybean Summits will be held Feb. 3, 2017, in Effingham at the Thelma Keller Convention Center and Feb. 16, 2017, in Peoria at the Peoria Civic Center, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.  These free events will update soybean farmers and other production industry participants about the latest management techniques that can lead to higher soybean yields and greater profitability, while also protecting the environment through sustainable practices.  Full agendas for the Effingham Summit and the Peoria Summit are available.  Seating at each location is limited, so register online today at or call 888-826-4011. The registration deadline for Effingham is Jan. 20 and for Peoria is Feb. 2.

ISA Directors Participate in National SCN Conference

ISA directors Daryl Cates and Jered Hooker and ISA Strategic Research Programs Director Linda Kull participated in a two-day soybean cyst nematode (SCN) conference in Miami, Fla., last week.  Highlights included a spotlight on the increase in SCN aggressiveness on the main source of SCN resistance (PI88788) used in more than 90 percent of varieties currently available.  Presenters discussed lack of diversity in resistance sources; ongoing robust molecular genetic research to better understand plant resistance and SCN aggressiveness, seed treatments and biologicals.  Farmers were reminded to test fields for SCN HG/race type to select and rotate appropriate resistance sources.

ISA Attends USAPEEC Board Meetings

The U.S.A. Poultry and Egg Export Council (USAPEEC) held their winter meeting last week. The meeting provided updates about export promotion around the world.  Because the U.S. currently has avian influenza under control, all import bans imposed in 2015 have been lifted except in China.  However, the disease has become an issue in many other countries, creating opportunity for the U.S USAPEEC represents Illinois and soybean farmer interests in exporting U.S. chicken, turkey and eggs.  Poultry eats more than half the soybean meal produced in the U.S., so growing their global market translates into local soybean demand.

Learn These Fast Facts about B20 Club Members

The B20 Club is an ISA checkoff program that partners with the American Lung Association to recognize Illinois-based fleets running on biodiesel blends of 20 percent or greater.  Did you know?
  • Fourteen members used more than 5.5 million gallons of B20 last year. 
  • 4,809 fleet vehicles owned by B20 Club members run on biodiesel. 
  • Annual reduction in member carbon dioxide emissions is equal to planting 230,149 trees. 

Register for January N-P-K Seminar in Mt. Vernon

The Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District will host a nutrients seminar, Jan. 31 from 8 a.m.–3 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in Mt. Vernon, Ill.  Speakers will cover nutrients, practices farmers should implement and the knowledge needed to plan for a successful farming year.  Speakers include Jean Payne, Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association addressing 4R research; Bryan Fitch, USDA-NRCS discussing health soil benefits; Ag consultant Mike Plumer talking about no-till and cover crops; Terry Wyciskalla, Wyciskalla Consulting sharing 2016 observations; KC Rhodes, Springfield Plastics talking about tile as part of a nutrient management system; Brett Chesnek, Pitchford Elevator, sharing weed control strategies; and farmer Mark Litteken discussing soils, cover crops and nutrient management.  The $20 fee includes lunch.  Contact Stacey Helm for more information and to register.

Attend the IFCA Annual Convention and Tradeshow

The IFCA annual convention and trade show will be held Jan. 17–19 at the Peoria Civic Center in Peoria, Ill.  Convention highlights include training for certified crop advisers (CCAs), a regulatory workshop, weed management tips and lessons learned and more.  For details, visit

ILSoyAdvisor to Host Yield Webinar in January

The ISA checkoff program's ILSoyAdvisor will host a webinar, Jan. 25, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.  Fred Below, professor of crop sciences at the University of Illinois, will review “The Six Secrets of Soybean Success," a concept for producing high-yield soybeans he evaluated from 2012 to 2016.  Six Secrets demonstrates how farmers can put technologies together for increasing yields through intensive crop management.  Below will review his supplemental nitrogen in soybeans research as well.  One continuing education unit (CEU) in crop management is available.  Sign up here.

Crop Sciences Scholarship Applications Due Feb. 1

Students entering their junior year of college in Illinois next fall and studying crop sciences or a related major are encouraged to apply for the ISA checkoff program crop sciences scholarship. The scholarship is offered each year in coordination with the Illinois Agricultural Association (IAA) Foundation, and is open to students studying at one of the state's four agriculture universities: Illinois State University, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, University of Illinois and Western Illinois University.  For more information, visit or contact Angel Terrell at 309-808-3600.

Nominate a CCA for Soybean Master Adviser Award

Do you know an experienced Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) who focuses on soybean management? Nominate him or her for the first Soybean Master Adviser award, presented by the ISA checkoff program.  The award is part of ISA’s effort to recognize CCAs for their contribution to soybean production in Illinois.  Any Illinois CCA whose certification is active and who is interested and involved in soybean management can be nominated. The award will be presented at the Soybean Summit in Peoria, Feb. 16.  Nominees will be reviewed by a panel of ISA board members, Illinois CCA board members and university professionals.  Nominations are open until Jan. 15.  Visit to learn more and fill out the nomination. 

Reminder: Follow @VoiceForSoy on Twitter

Make your voice heard through the new ISG advocacy Twitter handle, @VoiceForSoy.  Follow us for updates and actions on the key legislative issues impacting Illinois soybean farmers, like the biodiesel tax credit, trade agreements and the upcoming farm bill.  Remember, legislators don’t want to hear your perspective from someone else – they need to hear it from you.  Follow @VoiceForSoy today.

Help Turn up the Volume with ISGPAC

Illinois soybean farmers are invited to turn up the volume with the ISG 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 or contact Judy Smith at 309-808-3612 or

Consider New Membership Program Options

To bring farmers the most value possible, ISG now has two membership options: policy membership and informational membership.  Membership in ASA is included with both options.  Contact Judy Smith at, 309-808-3612 or 888-826-4011 to join or renew.
  • ISG Policy Member: Activate your power to join us in educating people about the facts and importance of American agriculture.  Help us be the people that government officials stop and listen to in Springfield and Washington, D.C.  Be a driving force for change.  The more members we add, the louder our voice becomes.  Our policy membership keeps you informed, gets you involved and gives you added discounts and benefits.  A one-year membership is $150 and a three-year membership is $300.  Benefits from ISG and ASA include the following:
    • Automatic enrollment and Acton Alert emails from ISG’s Voice for Soy Action Network
    • Invitations to legislative networking events
    • Opportunity to participate in the ISG Political Action Committee
    • Expanded policy representation/advocates in Springfield and Washington, D.C.
    • Discounts on new Ford, Chrysler and GM vehicles, Cabela’s gift cards and on any new DTN/The Progressive Farmer product or service agreement
    • Discounts on Commodity Classic registration and DTN/The Progressive Farmer Ag Summit registration (December in Chicago)
    • Complimentary subscriptions to three top soybean magazines:  Illinois Field & Bean, American Soybean and The Progressive Farmer
    • Email updates from the Soybean Weekly Update and eBean News
  • ISG Informational Member: if you just want to stay informed about the agriculture industry, simply supply your name and email address and you receive the Soybean Weekly Update sent via email and the Illinois Field & Bean magazine (eight times per year).  

Happy Holidays

No Weekly Update will be issued Dec. 30, 2016.  The next update will be sent Jan. 6, 2017.

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