Tell Illinois Senators to Pass Voluntary, National GMO Labeling

Encourage your senators to pass the voluntary, national GMO labeling bill legislation when it comes up for vote later this month.  If this legislation is not passed quickly, the Vermont mandatory GMO labeling law will take effect July 1.  This would be the first of a 50-state patchwork of conflicting GMO labeling policies that will change the food industry, ultimately impacting farmers.  Similar legislation already passed in the House of Representatives.  Click here to take action on Voice for Soy now!
 

National Biodiesel Day is March 18

National Biodiesel Day will be celebrated March 18, the anniversary of Rudolf Diesel’s birthday.  Rudolf Diesel invented the diesel engine, which originally ran on peanut oil.  Biodiesel, made in part from soybean and other plant-based oils, is touted for its environmental, economic and sustainable benefits.  A record-setting 2.1 billion gallons of biodiesel was consumed in 2015, which reduced carbon emissions by at least 18.2 million metric tons, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  No land is converted to produce the renewable fuel, ensuring no land is cleared for biodiesel production.  Learn more about the ways in which biodiesel fuels sustainability here.
 

Animal Agriculture Feeds Illinois Economy

Growth in the Illinois animal agriculture industry has been a bright spot during the past 10 years, based on soybean checkoff research from the United Soybean Board.  The Economic Analysis of Animal Agriculture from 2004 to 2014 shows output, earnings, jobs and income taxes paid increased between 27-27.5 percent over a period that includes the recent recession.  Animals eat nearly 876,000 tons of soybean meal per year and multiply its value.  Illinois soybeans feed livestock that feed the economy.
 

Phosphorus Management Webinar Series Begins March 15

The Illinois soybean checkoff program, Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association and Illinois Certified Crop Advisers are hosting a webinar series, “Rethinking Phosphorus Management,” starting next week.  Each of three webinars will focus on findings in phosphorus research and provide attendees with the latest best management practices to manage phosphorus loss. Laura Christianson, Ph.D., will lead the first webinar, “Rethinking Phosphorous Management: Don’t be a Black-Eyed P: How to Reduce P Loss from Fields.”  This will take place March 15 from noon to 1:00 p.m.  Click here to register.
 
Tom Bruulsema, Ph.D., will host the second webinar, “Rethinking Phosphorous Management: Sustainable Thinking 4R Phosphorous,” March 22, noon to 1:00 p.m.  Register here.  Antonio Mallarino, Ph.D., will host the third webinar, “Rethinking Phosphorous Management: Fertilizer Management Practices to Reduce the Loss of Dissolved and Sediment-Bound P from Iowa Fields,” March 29, noon to 1:00 p.m.  Click here to register.  One continuing education unit (CEU) in nutrient management is available for each webinar.
 

Upcoming ILSoyAdvisor.com Webinar: Boron Nutrition for Soybeans

Nathan Slaton, Ph.D., University of Arkansas professor of soil fertility, will discuss important information for applying boron on soybeans, March 29 from 10 – 11 a.m.  One CEU in nutrient management is available for viewing this webinar.  Click here to register.
 

ILSoyAdvisor.com: How Valuable are Seed Treatments in 2016?

To determine the value of seed treatments, first consider the type of soil in your fields and which fields pose the biggest challenges.  Make sure your seed treatment plan includes fungicides to help protect against several different threats.  Insecticides aren’t as important for seed treatments in soybeans as they are in corn.  Farmers probably can get by without soybean cyst nematode and sudden death syndrome seed treatments, as long no problems have been present before.  Read the article by Dan Davidson here.
 

University of Illinois Seeks Farmer Input for Research Effort

A new multi-state research project funded by the North Central Soybean Research Program has been initiated to investigate the effects of weather, soils and management on soybean yields.  The University of Illinois is looking for basic information on at least 500 Illinois soybean fields for crop years 2014 through 2017.  The data will go into a large database to look at how management affects yields in a given soil type and with a certain weather pattern.  Producers will be asked to fill in information for up to four soybean fields on a simple form.  No detailed records are required.  Most farmers will be able to record information for a field in 5-10 minutes.  Farmers who want to participate can fill out the forms posted athttp://bit.ly/1oN3RBB or contact Emerson Nafziger at ednaf@illinois.edu.
 

ILSoyAdvisor Webinar Recording Available

Lance Tarochione, technical agronomist with Monsanto, hosted a webinar Feb. 24 to provide information about Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybean varieties available.  He cautions farmers not to use dicamba with them because it has not been approved by the EPA yet.  Click here.
 

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