Soybean Weekly Update

Please note there will be no weekly update July 4 due to the Independence Day holiday. The next update will be distributed July 11.

PRODUCERS TO SHARE INSIGHTS AT ISA TECH CONNECT EVENT – REGISTER TODAY

Three innovative producers will share technology tips and tricks as part of the “AgTech Lessons from my Farm” panel during Tech Connect, July 16, at the iHotel and Conference Center in Champaign. This free event sponsored by the ISA checkoff program will have sessions and speakers to help producers gain insight into evaluating and implementing agtech options on their farms. See the full agenda and register for the event here.

SIGN UP FOR PREMIER AGTECH EVENT COMING TO CHICAGO
Global AgInvesting and the ISA checkoff program have partnered to bring the fifth annual AgTech Nexus USA conference to Chicago, July 22-23. This event convenes an international group of investors, agribusiness executives, agtech entrepreneurs and, for the first time, producers. The goals are to add the producer perspective to conversations around agtech, to increase focus on benefits Illinois producers can realize from new ag technologies and to showcase the great assets available to help agtech develop in Illinois – world-class industry, world-class farmland, world-class producers and, Chicago, a world-class city. Sign up today.

Limited time only - use promo code ISA-P50 for an exclusive 50% off producer discount on conference fees.

WHITE MOLD RISKS MAY BE HIGHER IN 2019

The possibility of a continued wet summer is increasing the need to manage soybean white mold. CCA Soy Envoy Todd Thumma explains what producers need to know about in-season management. Read Thumma’s article and get the latest local, in-season actionable advice here.

ISA HOSTS TRADE TEAMS THROUGHOUT ILLINOIS

ISA hosted trade teams from China and Taiwan this week in conjunction with the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC). The Chinese trade team spent the week in Chicago, including one day in the ISA Chicago office. They focused on sustainability, conservation and best management practices for soybean production. The trade team from Taiwan visited a central Illinois farm and the ISA Bloomington office, learning about soybean production and the value of biotechnology. Taiwan is a key customer for Illinois soy products. For more information, contact Laura Temple.

ISA PARTICIPATES IN USAPEEC ANNUAL MEETING

The U.S.A. Poultry and Egg Export Council (USAPEEC) held its annual meeting in Panama City, Panama, last week, highlighting that poultry has surpassed pork as the world’s top meat protein. The meeting included an update on a meat science and technology project funded in part by the ISA checkoff program in Mexico that enhances technical capabilities of government officials and decision makers and encourages use of U.S. poultry. Other topics included efforts to manage New Castle Disease in U.S. chicken, impact of African swine fever on poultry demand and opening new markets in India, Morocco and Tunisia. The poultry industry consumes about 54 percent of U.S.-fed soybean meal. Contact ISA director Sharon Covert for details.

LOCAL MEETINGS DETAIL ILLINOIS WATERWAY CONSOLIDATED LOCK CLOSURES

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is preparing for extensive, much-needed repairs to six locks on the Illinois Waterway during 2020. The waterway provides a navigable connection between Lake Michigan and the Mississippi River. Illinois Farm Bureau will host a series of meetings this summer to discuss impacts of the closures, which are scheduled between July 1 and Oct. 31, 2020. Timing is intended to avoid spring flooding and harvest, but farmers who rely on the Illinois River to deliver inputs and ship commodities should prepare for the shutdown. Meetings will cover the repair timeline, transportation shifts, marketing, basis, storage and futures markets.

ISG LOOKS TO FILL FOUR ASA DIRECTOR POSITIONS

Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) is making notice that applications are being accepted for those interested in serving on the American Soybean Association (ASA) Board of Directors. Four Illinois positions are up for election. W. Stan Born, Bill Raben and Rob Shaffer are completing their first terms and are eligible to run for second terms. Ron Moore is completing his second term and is eligible to run for a third term. ASA directors serve up to three, three-year terms.

Illinois producers interested in becoming candidates should complete the online application by end of day, July 22, 2019. Eligibility requirements include ISG membership – ISG is an affiliate of ASA. Visit www.ilsoygrowers.com to join. Candidates also must produce soybeans as a farm owner, farm manager or farm operator and not be an officer or director of any other national soybean policy organization. Candidates must be elected by the ISG board.

All eligible candidates will be invited to interview with the ISG board during its meeting in Champaign, Illinois, Aug. 1, prior to elections. Seating on the ASA Board will take place during ASA’s December meeting in St. Louis. No write-in provision exists for ASA director elections. Questions? Contact Dustin Scott, scottd@ilsoy.org or 309-808-3603, at the ISG office.

LISTEN: ARE YOUR SOYBEANS STRESSED?

If you have been lucky enough to get soybeans in the ground, how much stress is the crop experiencing? CCA Soy Envoy Todd Thumma answers this question and offers strategies to help crops and producers overcome stress in the latest ILSoyAdvisor Podcast episode. Listen to Thumma’s advice here, and subscribe to the ILSoyAdvisor podcast channel to hear the latest from ISA’s CCA Soy Envoys. New episodes drop each month.

NRCS ANNOUNCES PRECISION CONSERVATION MANAGEMENT DEADLINE

NRCS will offer special funding for precision conservation management through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).  Apply for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) for financial and technical assistance to conserve agricultural land and wetlands. Interested producers should submit an application to their local NRCS field office by June 28. For eligibility, contact your local NRCS field office or visit www.il.nrcs.usda.gov.

IDOA EXTENDS DICAMBA APPLICATION DEADLINE TO JULY 15

The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) has extended the dicamba application deadline for soybeans to July 15. The previous cutoff date was June 30. Read IDOA's statement here.  

FAMILY FARMS SUMMER CONFERENCE TO BE HELD JULY 17-18

Join Family Farms, LLC, at its 2019 summer conference, July 17-18, in St. Charles, Missouri. The conference focuses on family, technology and innovation. Speakers, expert resources and farm families will discuss innovative ideas, technology and advancements in the agriculture industry, including a close look at branded digital technology, its role in agriculture, and how it is being adopted by consumers, businesses and farms as demand for food traceability and security increases. Click here more information. Cost for AgriSolutions, SoilRight and Legacy customers is $299 per person. General registration is $349 per person. Register here.

SOIL HEALTH LEARNING CIRCLES SCHEDULED FOR WOMEN LANDOWNERS
The Women Caring for the Land summer learning circle series will offer two options for women landowners to hear local agriculture and conservation experts talk about conservation and farming practices that promote healthy and productive farms.

  • July 17, Noon – 2 p.m.; Forest Preserve of the Kankakee River Valley, 3301 Waldron Rd, Kankakee
  • August 8, Noon – 2 p.m. or 4-6 p.m.; The Delta Institute, 35 E. Wacker Dr., #1200, Chicago

Learn more or register online at www.farmland.org/women.

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS SCHEDULES AGRONOMY DAY FOR AUG. 22

University of Illinois researchers and Extension specialists from the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) will share the latest discoveries and best agronomic practices during Agronomy Day, Aug. 22. This year, Agronomy Day will include seven tours, with presentations covering corn and soybean issues, sustainability topics, specialty crops and considerations for dairy operations at the facility located at 4202 South First Street in Savoy. Attendees can earn Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) credits for completing tours. The exhibitors’ hall will feature sponsors, commercial vendors, ACES programs and student clubs. Food trucks will be on hand for lunch, and the lunch speaker will be Illinois Ag Director John Sullivan. Directions and additional information appear on the Agronomy Day website. Contact Linda Harvey at 217-244-1693 or lharvey@illinois.edu with questions.

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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