Soybean Weekly Update

ISA ELECTS NEW EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE, SEATS DIRECTORS

The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) during its annual meeting in Champaign today elected new leadership. Doug Schroeder, Mahomet, was elected chairman. Schroeder raises soybeans and seed corn along with his wife, Stacy, son, Bob, and son-in-law, Matt. Schroeder previously served as the organization’s vice-chairman for two years.

Other executive committee members are Vice-Chairman Steve Pitstick, Maple Park; Treasurer Jim Martin, Pontiac; Secretary Rick Rubenacker, McLeansboro; and Assistant Secretary-Treasurer Scott Gaffner, Greenville, as well as David Wessel, Chandlerville, Production and Outreach Committee chair and Roberta Simpson-Dolbeare, Nebo, Marketing Committee chair.

New at-large directors include Betsey Emerick, Vandalia, and Tim Scates, Carmi. New district directors seated include Dwayne Anderson, Lynn Center, District 3; David Niekamp, Coatsburg, District 8; Ron Kindred, Atlanta, District 9; and Jeff Parker, Belleville, District 15. Four American Soybean Association (ASA) representatives were elected and include: Ron Moore, Roseville; Stan Born, Lovington; Bill Raben, Ridgway; and Rob Shaffer, El Paso.

UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER TEAM SEEKS INPUT

Illinois soybean producers and other stakeholders are invited to attend Upper Mississippi River meetings seeking input regarding reducing the risks of flooding, maintaining the navigation channel, managing river sediment, and preparing for a future long-term drought. The goal is to bring together local leaders to address these important issues and incorporate input into a future resilience plan. The meetings are hosted by the Upper Mississippi River Basin Association, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the five states on the Upper Mississippi River, including Illinois. Meetings will be held Aug. 24 in Godfrey, Illinois, at the Lewis and Clark Community College; and Sept. 7 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. and events conclude by 4 p.m. Lunch is provided. If you cannot attend but would like to share your thoughts, click here.

MANAGE THE SOYBEAN HORMONE ROLLER COASTER

Like humans, plants have hormones that signal action within and throughout the plant. Past CCA Soy Envoy Todd Steinacher takes a look at these hormones and how producers can properly manage soybeans for best results. Read Steinacher’s article, and get the latest local, in-season actionable advice on www.ILSoyAdvisor.com.

RED MEAT EXPORTS ADD VALUE TO SOYBEANS

Beef and pork exports added 85 cents per bushel to the price of soybeans in 2018, according to the latest report by World Perspectives, Inc. and released by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). More than 25 percent of U.S. pork production is exported. The report estimates those pork exports delivered $783 million in market value to the U.S. soybean industry last year and predicts they will generate $8.68 billion in soybean market value during the next 10 years. For Illinois soybeans alone, pork exports generated $120.4 million in market value in 2018, with the potential to add $1.2 billion during the next decade. This report reinforces the value of ISA checkoff program investments in pork export promotion with USMEF.

VISIT ISA AT FARM PROGRESS SHOW AUG. 27-29

Planning to attend the 2019 Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Aug. 27-29? Stop by the ISA booth to find out more about ISA checkoff programs and get a free bottle of ice-cold water, courtesy of Valent USA. Plus, sign up for online agronomic updates from ILSoyAdvisor.com and get a free baseball hat. You’ll find ISA at lot #809 on 8th Progress Street in the Northeast Quadrant.

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 before the end of September, click here.

PHOSPHORUS MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP IS NEXT TUESDAY

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. More information and registration details can be found here.

FINAL SOIL HEALTH LEARNING CIRCLE FOR WOMEN LANDOWNERS IS AUG. 8

The Women Caring for the Land summer learning circle series, where women landowners hear local agriculture and conservation experts talk about conservation and farming practices that promote healthy and productive farms, will conclude Aug. 8, noon – 2 p.m. and again 4-6 p.m. – at The Delta Institute, 35 E. Wacker Dr., #1200, Chicago. Register at www.farmland.org/women.

ATTEND ILLINOIS WHEAT FORUM AUG. 21 IN OKAWVILLE

Illinois wheat producers are invited to attend the Illinois Wheat Association’s annual Illinois Wheat Forum, Aug. 21, 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.

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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