Soybean Weekly Update

ISA MEETS WITH SOUTHERN EUROPEAN SOY IMPORTERS DURING TRADE VISIT TO U.S.

Recently, several soy importers from Europe visited the U.S. on a mission organized by the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) to visit the U.S. soy industry this past September. On their journey, the team visited states across the nation, including Illinois. The team met with Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) Chairman Doug Schroeder in Illinois where they learned how the growers work and their plan for more sustainable farms. David Headley, ISA Trade Team Lead, also supported the team in the Friday Market day and a visit to the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) market presentation by FCStone, Consiliagra, and Trilateral. Read about the full visit here.

ISA PARTNER WISHH WORKS TO INCREASE EXPORTS THROUGH NUTRITION

Chairman Daryl Cates of ISA partner organization World Initiative on Soy in Human Health (WISHH) recently shared his thoughts on health, nutrition and food security through increased U.S. soy trade in an Illinois Farm Today piece. Daryl discussed his organizational vision to make these improvements, efforts to develop and create new markets in livestock feed and human food, and the impact of ISA and Illinois soy in these achievements. ISA is proud to be a WISHH partner and help the organization enforce these efforts to increase opportunities and drive growth. Check out the full article here.

U.S. SOYBEAN HARVEST SURPASSES HALFWAY MARK

As of this week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) weekly Crop Progress report estimated that 62 percent of the 2019 U.S. soybean crop had been harvested as of Oct. 27. This means U.S. soybean harvest has surpassed the halfway mark. In an article from U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC), the harvest progress is detailed out and shows a comparison to last year’s numbers. The best progress has been made in the Delta and Central Plains regions where the current harvest pace is running ahead of last year. To read more about the harvest progress, check out the full article here.

ISA MEETS WITH DILEPIX, AN ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE COMPANY FOR PRECISION AG, TO HELP ILLINOIS FARMERS

Dilepix, a French agtech company looking to break in to the U.S. market, visited ISA’s Chicago office earlier this week to learn how they can best meet the needs of Illinois farmers. The company bills itself as artificial intelligence for precision ag, and it uses its algorithms to accurately detect and locate agricultural threats (insect pests, diseases, weeds) and opportunities (appearance of flowers, fruits) through a flow of images taken by a fixed or moving sensor. They work with local agronomists to offer recommendations and advice based on the information captured. Their future goal is to develop a predictive model through artificial intelligence that can forecast issues so farmers can proactively respond. To learn more about Dilepix, click here.

POTASSIUM & SOYBEAN PRODUCTION

How much potassium do your soybeans need? Dave Rahe, CCA Soy Envoy, looks at the third of the big three nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium) in his latest article on ILSoyAdvisor. Rahe examines what benefits potassium provides soybean plants and how to avoid deficiencies. Read Rahe’s article, and get the latest local, in-season actionable advice on www.ILSoyAdvisor.com. Interested in becoming a CCA Soy Envoy, like Rahe, in 2020?  Reach out to Cassie Yontz to receive more information about participation.

ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION LOOKING FOR INPUT

The Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) has been working with Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to help them explore developing a state-wide “living snow fence” program for Illinois. Many of Illinois’ neighboring states have programs, and some IDOT districts have paid landowners to leave standing corn or put up fences over the years. Along with Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, IDOT has put together a survey that will help inform them of landowner concerns and interest in a program, how they might set it up, and what options they might offer to landowners and farmers who live and work along state routes and interstates. To fill out the survey, click here.

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

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. CT. One Continuing Education Unit (CEU) in crop management is available to qualified CCAs. Learn more and register for the webinar here.

TEST YOUR FIELDS FOR SCN THIS FALL

Soybean cyst nematode (SCN) is no friend to the farmer. The best way to manage SCN on your farm is to catch it early and then rotate to non-host crops like corn, oats, wheat, alfalfa or sunflower. Test your fields this fall to help make your 2020 planting decisions. Visit www.thescncoalition.com for more information on testing for and managing SCN.

2020 CONSERVATION CROPPING SEMINARS SCHEDULED FOR JANUARY

Three regionalized Conservation Cropping Seminars have been scheduled for Jan. 21 to 23. Speakers and special guests include Hans Kok, Indiana Soil Health Consultant; Bryan Young, Purdue University weed and chemistry professor; and Rick and Aaron Clark, Illinois conservation farmers speaking about how conservation cropping is a profitable system. Click here for more information and to register for dates:

  • Jan. 21 – The Double Tree Hotel – Mt. Vernon, IL
  • Jan. 22 – The Double Tree Hotel – Bloomington, IL
  • Jan. 23 – Hickory Grove Conference Center – Rochelle, IL

REMINDER: ILLINOIS PORK PRODUCERS ASSOCIATION OPEN HOUSE IN MILFORD

Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA) is hosting an open house for a new finishing barn in Milford November 14. A complimentary pork chop meal will be served along with the opportunity to tour the barn and learn about the newest technology being implemented.

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: ASA SEEKS CANDIDATES 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.

ILSOYADVISOR TWEET OF THE WEEK:

Do you still have #soybeans to harvest? Learn how the freezing temperatures (and dare we say snow) can affect soybean moisture and drying: https://bit.ly/326cJFo

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