Soybean Weekly Update

TECH CONNECT IS NEXT TUESDAY

There’s still time to sign up for Tech Connect, a free event sponsored by the ISA checkoff program. The event will help producers gain insight on many agtech options, from evaluation to implementation, and determine the profit potential on their farms. Tech Connect is July 16 at the iHotel and Conference Center in Champaign. See the full agenda and register for the event.

PREMIER AGTECH EVENT IN CHICAGO JULY 22-23
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.

ISA TO JOINTLY PRESENT TRUCK STOP COFFEE TALK JULY 17

ISA and other partner groups will host Truck Stop Coffee Talk: The Truth About Biodiesel, July 17, in Bolingbrook, Illinois. The comprehensive program dives into health, environmental and performance advantages of biodiesel-blended fuels. Registration is free and open to Chicago area fleet managers, fuel providers and sustainability directors. Event sponsors are Chicago Area Clean Cities (CACC), the B20 Club and the Greater Chicago I-55 Truck Plaza. The B20 Club is a partnership of the ISA checkoff program and American Lung Association that recognizes Illinois fleets operating on biodiesel blends of B20 or greater. Learn more here.

WHAT’S CAUSING YELLOW SOYBEANS?

It’s not uncommon this year to drive through Illinois and see soybeans that aren’t as deep green as agronomists and producers would prefer. CCA Soy Envoy Jason Carr examines possible explanations for yellow soybeans. Read Carr’s article, and get the latest local, in-season actionable advice on www.ILSoyAdvisor.com.

JULY 24 WEBINAR FEATURES SOIL AND REGENERATIVE SYSTEMS

The soil is the foundation of resilient systems that have the potential to increase profitability and nutrient efficiency. Kristine Nichols, world-renowned leader in the movement to regenerate soils, will take a closer look at the microbiome community that makes a regenerative systems approach possible in an ISA-sponsored webinar, July 24, at 10 a.m. Learn more and register here.

SOY IN THE CITY GREEN SPACES POP UP AT WEWORK CHICAGO

ISA is partnering with WeWork locations in Chicago during July to connect with local business influencers on creating a better Chicago and state. Through its pop-up Soy in the City green spaces, ISA highlights how it envisions cleaner air with biodiesel, smarter water management to create water resilient communities and a sustainable workforce that keeps our state moving.

MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD ON USMCA

Wondering how to make your voice heard to legislators on important issues like the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA)? Easy: with Voice for Soy. Connect to decision makers in two clicks. Register today, and take action now on USMCA by telling Congress to support the deal. Don’t wait for someone else to decide for you. Be ready to advocate for your business.

ISA REPRESENTATIVES TOUR SOYBEAN PROCESSING FACILITY

A group of ISA directors and contractors last week toured the Incobrasa soybean processing facility near Gilman, Illinois. Participants viewed various activities, including watching loading railcars with soymeal and watching soy hulls and foreign material being separated from soy being turned into thin flakes. ISA officials also got to see Incobrasa’s own bottle extrusion molding, bottle filling, labeling and packaging facility and their biodiesel facility.

ISA SEEKS APPLICANTS FOR 2019-20 YOUNG LEADER PROGRAM

ISA is looking for Illinois applicants for the American Soybean Association (ASA) and Corteva Agriscience 2019-20 Young Leader Program. The two-phase educational program is for actively farming individuals and couples who are passionate about the future possibilities of agriculture. Phase I of the program takes place in Indianapolis, Dec. 3-6. The program continues Feb. 25–29, 2020, in San Antonio, Texas, in conjunction with the annual Commodity Classic Convention and Trade Show. Participants must attend both events. The agenda focuses on leadership and communication, the latest agricultural information and the development of a strong peer network. For more information or to apply online, click here.

NORTHWESTERN ILLINOIS FIELD DAY IS JULY 17

The Northwestern Illinois Agricultural Research and Demonstration Center will host its field day July 17. University of Illinois Department of Crop Sciences researchers, students and Extension specialists will address issues pertinent to the 2019 growing season. The program will begin at 8 a.m. Weather permitting, presentations will take place outside next to research plots. Field day topics include sizing up the 2019 corn and soybean crops, insect and weed management, updates in applied disease management and an overview of industrial hemp production. Refreshments and sandwiches will be available at the conclusion of the free event. The center is located one mile north and four miles west of Monmouth at 321 210th Avenue.

FAMILY FARMS SUMMER CONFERENCE COMING 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.

ISG DEADLINE FOR ASA DIRECTOR POSITIONS IS JULY 22

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.

PHOSPHORUS MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP COMES TO SOUTHERN ILLINOIS

A Phosphorus Management Workshop will be held Aug. 6 to discuss the benefits of phosphorus best practices and how to keep the nutrient in fields and available for crops. Presented by American Farmland Trust and the Upper Macoupin Creek Watershed Partnership, the free event will be at the Magnuson Grand Hotel in Raymond, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Register by August 2.

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.

ATTEND ILLINOIS WHEAT FORUM AUG. 22 IN OKAWVILLE

Illinois wheat producers are invited to attend the Illinois Wheat Association’s annual Illinois Wheat Forum, Aug. 22, at the Okawville Community Center in Okawville, Illinois. Attendees may learn about wheat agronomy, crop diseases, insect management, markets and weather. Participants also will have the chance to visit several exhibits featuring seed companies, millers, elevators, crop protection services and more. Registration is on-site and begins at 8 a.m., with sessions beginning at 9 a.m. The forum will conclude at 3 p.m. and includes lunch. Registration for Illinois Wheat Association members is $20. The general public may attend for $40 per person. For more information, visit illinoiswheat.org or call Mike Doherty at 309-557-3268.

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

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