Soybean Weekly Update

May 2, 2019

ISA Helps Establish Agtech Presence

Agtech has become a hot topic in the investment world. According to the 2018 Agrifood Tech Investing Report, $18.9 billion has been invested in the segment globally. Nearly half of that – $7.9 billion – is invested in the U.S. However, Illinois ranked just seventh among U.S. states for attracting investments. ISA is working to bolster the state’s reputation as a hub for agtech and grow local investment opportunities. Why? The producer’s voice is novel – and necessary – to ensure tech solutions provide value on the farm. Read to see how ISA is engaging with agtech.

Save the Date: ISA July 16 Event Dives into Farm-Ready Tech

With new ag technologies constantly entering the market, keeping up with advancements can overwhelm even the most knowledgeable producer. Tech Connect, a new event sponsored by the ISA checkoff program, will help producers sort through multiple tech options and learn ways to evaluate their profit potential on the farm. The event will be held July 16 at the iHotel and Conference Center in Champaign. Watch for registration information soon.

Weather Remains Cold, Wet, Frustrating

Fall, winter and now spring can be summed up in a few words; cold, wet, frustrating. Dave Rahe, CCA Soy Envoy, takes a look at the impact of less-than-ideal weather on soil conditions and planting. Read his article here. Get the latest local, in-season actionable advice on ILSoyAdvisor.

Field Work Podcast Features Conventional Farmers, Sustainable Talk

Hosted by two commercial row-crop farmers, Field Work,, is a podcast that provides space for frank, realistic discussions about benefits and challenges of sustainable agriculture. Hosts Zach Johnson and Mitchell Hora explore the successes and problems farmers experience as they adopt new practices, without greenwashing over the difficulties.

Dig Deeper into Issues with Soy Perspectives

Have you noticed the change in content in ISA’s magazine, Soy Perspectives, previously Illinois Field & Bean? Dig deeper into topics affecting agriculture with articles that include “The Innovation of Innovation” in the latest issue. Gene editing is changing the plant breeding game. Learn what scientists are doing and plan to do to enhance soybeans and improve profitability.

Market for Soybean Meal Continues to Grow in Illinois

Illinois producers continue to diversify their operations with livestock. In the past year, plans to build or expand livestock barns represent the potential to increase soybean meal demand an estimated 18,000 tons. The additional pigs, cattle and poultry in these barns directly impact local soybean meal demand. The ISA checkoff program supports these producers through the Illinois Livestock Development Group and partnerships with Illinois livestock associations.

Register for Effective Weed Management with Enlist E3 Soybeans Webinar

Register today for the next free ILSoyAdvisor webinar to be held May 15 at 10 a.m. Learn how the recently approved Enlist herbicide package provides effective weed control with Enlist E3 soybeans. Speaking will be Shawna Hubbard, Enlist herbicides product manager with Corteva Agriscience, the agricultural division of DowDuPont. Hubbard will discuss best management practices and how to design a season-long approach to keeping Enlist E3 fields weed-free. One continuing education unit (CEU) in pest management is available for eligible CCAs.

Please Take Survey to Evaluate High-Yield Soybean Systems

The ISA checkoff program and the University of Illinois are evaluating high-yield soybean systems and will use those results to categorize systems used in Illinois. Producer input in this five-minute survey is invaluable to determining those systems. Results about high-yielding and profitable soybean management practices will be sent directly via email to those producers providing an email address. Producers who indicate a willingness for a phone discussion will receive a follow-up call to discuss soybean management systems. The study will be used to further soybean production interests in Illinois. Please access the survey here.

USDA Announces Soybean Checkoff Request for Referendum Notice

USDA has announced its upcoming request for referendum timeline regarding the soybean checkoff. U.S. soybean farmers may request a referendum during a four-week period beginning Monday, May 6, 2019, and ending May 31, 2019. The request for referendum occurs every five years. The official notice is available online in the Federal Register. For more information about how the request works, read USDA’s frequently asked questions here.

ISA District Director Applications Available for Qualified Producers

ISA seeks applications from highly motivated and qualified candidates to fill board seats representing Districts 3, 4, 6, 8, 15 and 18 that are up for election this year.

John Longley (District 3), Sharon Covert, (District 4), Dale Asher (District 8) and Daryl Cates (District 15) 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. The Illinois Department of Agriculture directs the election process. Open positions include:

  • 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

Board members’ responsibilities entail providing generative, strategic and fiduciary oversight for the organization, representing 43,000 Illinois soybean producers in state, national and international issues. Oversight includes understanding legal and ethical practices, governance and ensuring compliance with state and national soybean checkoffs. Board members are responsible for serving in the best interest of all Illinois soybean producers, loyally putting organizational interests above personal interests and acting with fidelity to advance the organization’s mission.

Eligibility to serve requires candidates be Illinois residents of legal voting age that contribute to the soybean checkoff. Candidates must also be residents within the district and maintain eligibility during their term(s). Directors may need to devote about 24 days per year, depending on level of leadership and representation needs.

Petitions are available at the above listed county Extension offices or by contacting Claudine Wargel at 217-219-0323 or, or Dustin Scott at 309-808-3603 or Contact Wargel or Scott with questions or for additional information.

To have your name placed on the ballot, petitions must be completed and filed with the Illinois Department of Agriculture director in Springfield no later than 5 p.m., May 15, 2019. A candidate’s petition must carry the signatures of at least 250 of the qualified producers from the district where the candidate seeks office, or five percent, whichever is less. Any person running as a write-in candidate must also meet the eligibility requirements and submit a Declaration of Intent to the director no later than 5 p.m., June 25, 2019. Elections will be held July 2, 2019.

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.

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