Soybean Weekly Update

ISA CHAIRMAN DISCUSSES THE IMPORTANCE OF ISA TRADE MISSIONS FOR ILLINOIS GROWERS

In a new Illinois AgriNews article, ISA Chairman Doug Schroeder reflects on the state of soybean trade and the Association’s initiatives to strengthen trade relationships and increase demand for Illinois soybeans. Schroeder discusses how ISA’s trade team visits, of which the Association hosts more than 30 per year, gives foreign delegations and representatives to Illinois farms, cooperatives and elevators the opportunity to see first-hand the superior soybeans coming out of Illinois. Read Schroeder’s article in full here.

USMCA UNLIKELY TO PASS CONGRESS BEFORE END OF 2019

Despite continued talks in Washington to swiftly pass the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), Senate Finance Committee Chairman Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said this week that he thinks getting the trade agreement passed before the end of 2019 is becoming increasingly less likely. The agreement is seen as critical to help expand export market opportunities for American farmers and businesses.

PUT YOUR THINKING CAP ON

With fall soybean harvest continuing to roll on, it’s about time for growers and CCAs to put on their thinking caps. Todd Steinacher outlines several fall and winter learning opportunities and hot topics attendees should watch for. Read Steinacher’s article, and get the latest local, in-season actionable advice on www.ILSoyAdvisor.com.

LEARN WHAT RECENT CHALLENGES REMIND US ABOUT GROWING SOYBEANS IN NOV. 14 WEBINAR

In the next ILSoyAdvisor webinar, presenter Matt Montgomery of DuPont Pioneer will evaluate the 2019 growing season and discuss learnings about different management practices including planting dates, row spacing and seed treatments. The webinar, “Recent Experiences: What They Remind Us About Raising Beans,” is Nov. 14 at 10 a.m. One CEU in crop development is available to qualified CCAs. Learn more and register for the webinar here.

ISA BRINGS AG INNOVATION TO CHICAGO WITH SOY IN THE CITY APP

ISA is showcasing the impact of agriculture on urban communities like Chicago with its virtual reality app, Soy in the City. Users can see how innovations such as biodiesel buses and shipping containers are shaping Chicago’s future and enhancing the economy. The app takes users to real destinations in Chicago and places examples of AgTech throughout the city. If you haven’t already, download the app for iOS here and for Android here.

NEW PED TALKS’ SERIES DIGS INTO SOIL HEALTH

A new series called PED Talks, co-created by the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC), Soil Health Institute (SHI), Soil Health Partnership (SHP), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA), Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), offers 10-to-15-minute, science-centered videos on soil-related topics, including explanations of soil health, how we can improve it, and the progress that’s being made to ensure we have the healthy soils necessary to feed, clothe and fuel the world. Visit the PED Talks channel on YouTube to watch.

ILLINOIS PORK PRODUCERS ASSOCIATION OPEN HOUSES

Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA) is hosting open houses for new finishing barns in eastern Illinois counties in November. A complimentary pork chop meal will be served at each event along with the opportunity to tour the barns and learn about the newest technology being implemented. Bookmark these dates:

Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019
J+D Farms
5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: 13239 N 2050th St, Marshall, IL 62441 (Clark County)

Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019
Charles Leitz Family
4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Location: 2380 E 1100 N Rd, Milford, IL 60953 (Iroquois County)

REMINDER: DEADLINE FOR DISTRICT DIRECTOR APPLICATIONS: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15

The deadline to apply for district 4 and 5 board seats has been extended. Applications will now be accepted until Friday, Nov. 15. Candidates will have a couple minutes to address the board during their meeting on the afternoon of Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019 at the Bloomington office before a vote is held that same day. For more information, or to apply – visit: www.ilsoy.org.

REMINDER: UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS REQUESTING DATA FROM FARMERS

Researchers and Extension Specialists from University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences are asking Illinois growers to share basic planting, harvest, and yield data with the college to learn from the extraordinary growing conditions experienced this year. Farmers can email, mail in, or fill out the anonymous online form to share data with researchers. Please submit any data before Dec. 2019. For more information about the project and how to submit your data, click here.

REMINDER: CALLING FARMERS TO SHARE THEIR #SOYFROMILLINOIS

From now through November, ISA is asking all farmers to share photos or videos of your farms during harvest on social media, using the hashtag #SoyFromIllinois. All farmers are encouraged to participate, and some have already started – check out #SoyFromIllinois to see what has been shared so far. 

REMINDER: NATIONAL BIODIESEL BOARD SCHOLARSHIPS

The application period is open for college-level science majors to receive travel scholarships to the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo on Jan. 20 – 23, 2020 in Tampa, FL. This is a great program and offers students the chance to learn more about the biodiesel industry. Applications are due Nov. 21 – apply here today!

REMINDER: RECRUITING FOR 2020 CCA SOY ENVOY CLASS

ISA is looking for CCAs interested in sharing their expert recommendations and updates on in-season soybean management via the ILSoyAdvisor network. The CCA Soy Envoy program will run throughout the 2020 growing season, from April to October. Soy Envoys receive increased visibility in the agriculture industry and expand their professional networks while providing Illinois farmers with local, relevant advice on soybean management via ILSoyAdvisor.com, events, webinars and other engagement opportunities. To receive more information about participation, email Cassie Yontz with your interest.

REMINDER: ASA SEEKS CANIDATES FOR SOY SCHOLARSHIP

The American Soybean Association (ASA) wants to recognize an outstanding high school senior interested in pursuing agriculture by presenting them with a scholarship. The Soy Scholarship is a $5,000 one-time award presented to a high school senior who plans to pursue agriculture as an area of study at any accredited college or university during the 2020-21 academic year. The scholarship is managed by ASA and made possible through a grant by BASF Corporation. High school seniors may apply online from Oct. 7-Dec. 1, 2019. Click here to apply.

REMINDER: 2019 GUIDE TO COVER CROPS RELEASED

Recently, the Illinois Nutrient Research & Education Council (NREC), published an update to their Cover Crop Guide. The guide contains the latest science and resource links to help famers make the most informed decision. Stay informed and check out the 2019 Guide to Cover Crops.

ILSOYADVISOR TWEET OF THE WEEK:

The @ILAgriculture collected more than 16,000 pounds of unwanted pesticides this year in Pinckneyville.  https://bit.ly/2qBKxgE

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