Soybean Weekly Update

January 11, 2019

FreeIllinois Soybean and Feed Grains Market Outlook Webinar Jan. 17

Join ISA and Brock Associates’ presenters, Tim Brusnahan, vice president, and Jason Moss, senior consultant, for a webinar covering Illinois market updates, outlook and transportation, Jan. 17, at 1 p.m. Speakers will also explore U.S. trade topics, the farm bill and global markets, along with valuable marketing strategies to help farmers maximize profitability. To attend via Zoom, use the link Contact Rachel Peabodywith questions.

ISA Revamps Magazine and Website

Producers this month will find ISA’s magazine, Soy Perspectives,in their mailboxes, replacing Illinois Field & Bean.Fresh content includes more focus on agricultural thought leadership, as well as emphasis on innovation, technology, food and feed, water and other timely topics. The new look complements ISA’s recently revamped website,

Better Beans Series Sessions Begin Next Week

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.

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.

ISA Helps Sponsor Illinois Conservation Cropping Seminars

Can a powerful presentation change your mind, your farm and your bottom line? Attend the 2019 Illinois conservation cropping seminars and find out. “The Soil Guy” Ray Archuletta and author David Montgomery will tell their stories about saving soil. The ISA checkoff program is a bronze sponsor of the events to be held Jan. 22 in Mendota, Jan. 23 in Springfield and Jan. 24 in O-Fallon. Each seminar is $20 and includes lunch. Learn more and register online.

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.

USDA Extends Tariff Relief Aid Application Deadline

For soybean producers who did not certify production acres before USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices closed Dec. 28, the aid application deadline will be extended. USDA announced the deadline to apply for the Market Facilitation Program will be extended from Jan. 15 by the number of business days FSA offices remain closed during the partial government shutdown.

Make New Year Resolutions to Improve Soybeans

January is the time for new year’s resolutions. Dan Davidson shares his new year’s resolutionsfor soybean producers at ILSoyAdvisor. From planting early to narrow row spacing, find out what you can add to your list in Davidson’s latest blog. Read more of his advice and get the latest local, in-season actionable advice on

Illinois Pork Expo to Feature U.S. Farm Report

The ISA checkoff program is partially sponsoring a live recording of the U.S. Farm Report with Tyne Morgan during the 2019 Illinois Pork Expo from the tradeshow floor. Morgan will visit with roundtable panelists about marketing, including Brian Basting, Advanced Trading; Alan Brugler, Brugler Marketing; and Chip Nellinger, Blue Reef Agri-Marketing. The Illinois Pork Expo will be held Jan. 29-30 at the Bank of Springfield Center in Springfield. To register or learn more about seminars and events, visit

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.

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. For specific 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

Soybean seed quality from 2018 could have lasting impacts on the 2019 crop. Read more here: See more tweets from @ILSoyAdvisor and follow along on Twitter.