Soybean Weekly Update

January 3, 2019

Better Beans are Back This Month and Next
Attendees to the Better Beans Series (BBS) events can see producer soybean checkoff dollars at work, providing local solutions to a world of needs. ILSoyAdvisor will bring the latest research and advice on soybean management practices to five Illinois communities: Jan. 16 – Carlyle in partnership with Bassett Farm & Seed and Droste Family Seeds; Jan. 17 – Rockford in partnership with Dairyland Seed; Feb. 13 – Quincy in partnership with Prairieland FS, Inc.; Feb. 19 – Peoria in partnership with American Farmland Trust; and Feb. 21 – Champaign in partnership with Ehler Brothers Co. Click here to register and see agendas for each location.  

Register Today for ILSoyAdvisor Soybean Summit
The annual ILSoyAdvisor Soybean Summit will be held Feb. 5 at the Crowne Plaza Springfield in Springfield, Ill. The event will run from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year’s Summit will educate producers and production industry participants on various management techniques that can lead to higher yields and greater profitability, including marketing in times of tariffs and low commodity prices, discovering new trends and techniques to help boost potential and break yield barriers, technology and innovation in the race to gain efficiency, harnessing data to make more profitable management decisions and finding new ways to overcome production challenges and meet growing global demand. CCAs can earn continuing education unit credits for each breakout session. Register online and tweet @ILSoyAdvisor using the hashtag #2019SoybeanSummit to let us know that you’ve registered and what you’re most looking forward to at the event.

Livingston County Pig Barn Open House Jan. 8
Kevin and Tabitha Defenbaugh and their family will welcome the public to see their new wean-to-finish pig barn west of Blackstone, Illinois, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 8. The new barn will further diversify the family farm, which includes soybeans, corn, wheat and cattle. The event will be held at 9400 E 3200 N Rd, Blackstone, and includes a free meal. Pigs consume about 77 percent of the soybean meal fed in Illinois, and new barns like this support a key market. For more information or directions, contact Lindsey Henson or Laura Temple.

ISA to Fill Eight Board Seats This Year
ISA board seats representing districts 3, 4, 6, 8, 15 and 18, as well as two at-large board seats, are up for election this year. John Longley (District 3), Sharon Covert, (District 4), Dale Asher (District 8), Daryl Cates (District 15), Jeff Lynn (At-Large) and Lynn Rohrscheib (At-Large) will all term off the board during ISA’s July 2019 meeting in Champaign, Ill.  Jim Martin (District 6) and Rick Rubenacker (District 18) are eligible for re-election.  
•    District 3: Henderson, Henry, Mercer, Rock Island, Stark, Warren and Whiteside
•    District 4: Bureau, Grundy, Kendall and LaSalle counties
•    District 6: Livingston, McLean and Woodford counties
•    District 8: Adams, Brown, Hancock, McDonough and Schuyler counties
•    District 15: Clinton, Madison, Monroe and St. Clair counties
•    District 18: Alexander, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Johnson, Massac, Pope, Pulaski, Saline, Union and Williamson counties
The ISA board is comprised of 18 district directors and six at-large directors. Eligibility to serve requires candidates be Illinois residents of legal voting age that contribute to the soybean checkoff. District candidates must be residents in the district sought to represent.
Board members serve a term of three years, and are eligible for up to two terms.  The average board member devotes 30 days per year attending functions representing ISA. Official notice for at-large directors will be announced in early February and official notice for district director positions will be announced by the Illinois Department of Agriculture and ISA in early April. Contact, ISA Governance Committee chair, Dustin Scott or Claudine Wargel or any ISA director for more information or if you know someone interested in serving.
Free Webinar Addresses Improved Seed Treatment Stewardship

The next installment in the ILSoyAdvisor webinar series will be Jan. 17 at 10 a.m. with Nick Tinsley, who will highlight various innovations that offer greater efficiency and stewardship advantages to producers. The webinar will provide Certified Crop Advisers the opportunity to earn one continuing education unit credit in pest management. Register online to save a seat.

Find Out When and Where Soybean Inoculants are Needed
Each bushel of soybeans requires four to five pounds of nitrogen. As a legume, soybeans fix nitrogen from the atmosphere. In some instances, inoculants may be beneficial to nitrogen fixation. Dana Harder examines the opportunity for including soybean inoculants in on-farm management plans in his latest blog. Read more of his advice and get the latest local, in-season actionable advice on

ISA Supports 2019 Illinois Pork Expo
The 2019 Illinois Pork Expo will be held Jan. 29-30 at the Bank of Springfield Center in Springfield. The event features a live recording of U.S. Farm Report with Tyne Morgan from the tradeshow floor, sponsored in part by the ISA checkoff program, Illinois Corn Growers Association and Illinois Pork Producers Association. Morgan will visit with roundtable panelists: Brian Basting, Advanced Trading; Alan Brugler, Brugler Marketing; and Chip Nellinger, Blue Reef Agri-Marketing. To register or learn more about events, visit

Dicamba Label Training Sessions Scheduled for January
Dicamba label training workshops are required for any certified applicator planning to apply dicamba to soybeans in 2019. Training in 2018 does not count for this requirement. The Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association is holding several classroom trainings through March including, Jan. 9 – Rock Falls, Olney and Carmi; Jan. 10 – Dekalb and Jan. 14 – Bloomington. For February and March dates or to register, click here. Seating is limited.

Be Informed. Stay Connected.
Did you know anyone can be an ISA informational member? It’s a free way to stay connected to all things associated with growing Illinois soybeans - from production practices to advocacy efforts. For more information, contact Andrew Larson.

Join ISG’s Political Action Committee and Make a Difference
Illinois soybean farmers are invited to join the Illinois Soybean Growers Political Action Committee (ISGPAC).  ISGPAC provides farmers with strong involvement in political races and a way to talk with legislators about key issues. ISGPAC helps nurture those relationships and keeps key contacts in office where they work for the industry's best interests.  Visit ISGPAC.

ILSoyAdvisor Tweet of the Week
Do you know an experienced CCA who has a passion for soybean management? Nominate them for the annual Soybean Master Adviser award Nominations close Jan. 10. See more tweets from @ILSoyAdvisor and follow along on Twitter.