Soybean Weekly Update

ISA SELECTS GRAND RIDGE AND PUTNAM SOYBEAN PRODUCERS FOR DISTRICT DIRECTORS
This week, the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) Board of Directors selected Buck Hill of Grand Ridge as District 4 Director and Mark Read of Putnam as District 5 Director. Both Hill and Read will join ISA’s additional 22 Directors in furthering soybean checkoff efforts across the state. Key priorities for FY20 include increasing farmer profitability and building customer demand across domestic and international food, feed and fuel markets. Come say hello to ISA’s leadership team and meet the new members at several upcoming events including the Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) policy session in Bloomington on February 4 and the Soybean Summit in Springfield on March 10. Visit here for more information.

ISA BOARD MEMBER ELLIOTT UPHOFF TALKS BIOFUELS ON ILLINOIS FARM FAMILIES
ISA’s own board member, Elliott Uphoff, was featured on Illinois Farm Families (IFF) discussing biofuels. Uphoff’s piece, Growing Biofuels as Renewable Energy lets us all Breath a Little Easier, focuses on the future of biofuels and what they mean for the future of farming. Check out the piece here.

PORK EXPORTS TO INCREASE ILLINOIS SOYBEAN MARKET VALUE
The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) released, in collaboration with ISA, an infographic highlighting the market value benefits that pork exports will continue to bring to Illinois soybeans. For example, the projected market value of pork exports to Illinois soybeans from 2019-2028 is projected to be $1.198 billion. Additionally, one third of the growth in soybean exports is expected to come from pork exports.

STAYING TRUE TO YOUR ROOTS: TECH AT LYNN ROHRSCHEIB’S FARM
AgFunder News and Successful Farming interviewed Lynn Rohrscheib, Vermilion County farmer and USB director, about how she utilizes technology on her farm. When asked about what farming meant to her, Rohrscheib said, “When I see that small seed mature and grow into an amazing crop, all of the blood, sweat, and tears are worth it.” We couldn’t agree more, Lynn! Check out the full interview here.

SOY ON THE HILL
Several grower-leaders attended the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) membership meeting this week in Washington, D.C., including Rob Shaffer (IL), ASA director/representative to NBB and NBB governing board member, along with ASA staff and several state soybean association staff. Attendees met with 88 Congressional offices to reiterate the urgent need to enact an extension of the biodiesel tax credit. In addition, NBB also held elections for several governing board and executive committee positions. Read more about the visit here.

NEW MOTOR OIL MADE WITH HIGH OLEIC SOYBEAN OIL – NOW ON AMAZON
Biosynthetic Technologies’ high-performing bio-based synthetic motor oil, using high oleic soybean oil from soybeans grown by U.S. farmers, is now on commercial shelves. United Soybean Board (USB) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have supported the soy-based, drop-in synthetic alternative to petroleum-based motor oil. For more information about the new motor oil, read the full release here.

DICAMBA TRAINING CLASS DECEMBER 10
The use of dicamba on soybean for the crop years 2019 and 2020 was extended and in November 2019, the Illinois Department of Agriculture issued 24c Special Local Needs (24c) labels that enact specific restrictions for use in Illinois, including a June 20, 2020 cut-off date for application. Anyone Dicamba-specific training will AGAIN be required for anyone applying dicamba in 2020, there is a session on December 10. For more information check out the site here.  

ILLINOIS SWINE DAY – DECEMBER 13
The Illinois Department of Agriculture along with the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and Illinois Pork Producer, are inviting you to come celebrate Illinois Swine Day 2019. On December 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. CT, come to the IL Department of Agriculture (801 E. Sangamon Ave. Springfield, IL 62702) and further your knowledge of African Swine Fever (ASF) and what it means for swine farms. Register by December 9 at ILPork.com.

SOY PROTEIN IS MAKING A COMEBACK
As innovative food companies strive to make better and better plant-based foods, they are turning once again to soy protein. A 2016 survey by the International Food and Information Council found that consumers were trying to get more protein from beans, but less from soy. With its small carbon footprint, excellent protein quality and its contribution to flavor and function in meatless products, soy protein is making a comeback. To read more about the rise in soy, check out the full article here.

DO YOU HAVE A CROP INSURANCE CLAIM? REMINDER DEADLINE IS DEC. 10
As the 2020 growing season comes to a close, it’s important to understand your options for crop insurance. Dec. 10 marks the close of the claims period. Todd Steinacher explains more in his latest article. Read Steinacher’s article, and get the latest local, in-season actionable advice on www.ILSoyAdvisor.com.

REGISTER TODAY: THE SOYBEAN SAGA WEBINAR
In the next ILSoyAdvisor webinar, presenter and Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) Soy Envoy Jason Carr, Bayer Crop Science, will share results from 2019 test trials – including fungicide application on June-planted soybeans, planting date trials and population studies. The webinar, “The Soybean Saga – Learning from the 2019 Growing Season,” is Dec. 12 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.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! 2019 ILLINOIS FARM ECONOMICS SUMMIT: DEC. 16 - 20
The 2019 Illinois Farm Economic Summit will take place between Dec. 16 – 20. Throughout the week, members of the farmdoc team from the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics and University of Illinois Extension will hold a series of five Illinois Farm Economics Summit meetings to help producers navigate and manage volatility and finical difficulties related to trade, yield, weather and other external factors. For more information or to register, visit the farmdoc website here.   

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