Soybean Weekly Update

ILLINOIS SOYBEAN PRODUCERS ELECTED TO ASA GOVERNING COMMITTEE

Congratulations to Illinois soybean producers Daryl Cates and Stan Born who were elected today to the American Soybean Association (ASA) Governing Committee as at-large members. Read about their election and the other committee members elected on ASA’s Twitter channel here.

ILLINOIS FARMERS ELECTED TO UNITED SOYBEAN BOARD

This week the United Soybean Board (USB) elected a new Executive Committee. From Illinois, Dan Farney, was elected as Vice Chair of USB’s Executive Committee. Doug Winter (IL) was also elected to serve on the Strategic Management Committee. To read about the other elects and planning for next year, check out the full release here.

U.S. GOVERNMENT REACHES AGREEMENT ON USMCA TRADE DEAL

On Tuesday, December 10, United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced a bipartisan compromise on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The deal is considered beneficial for American soybean growers and important to sustain the growth realized under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in Mexico, the No. 2 market for whole beans, meal and oil, and Canada, the No. 4 buyer of meal and No. 7 buyer of oil for U.S. soybean farmers. ASA issued calls for Congressional leaders to swiftly ratify the agreement.

FOUR SOYBEAN SEED DECISIONS FOR 2020

With the late harvest this year, it may seem hard to believe that it’s already time to look to the 2020 growing season. Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) Jason Carr, shares four decisions producers should consider when selecting seed for next year. Read Carr’s article, and get the latest local, in-season actionable advice on www.ILSoyAdvisor.com.

LATE AND VERY LATE PLANTING IN 2019

FarmDoc Daily believes the record-late planting of corn and soybeans in Illinois in 2019 provides a unique opportunity to try to get a handle on how planting date affected yields. The idea is to help us know better what to expect, and how to manage, if we have such late planting again. We can think of the 2019 growing season as a “giant, unplanned, and involuntary experiment conducted by Illinois farmers.” No one wanted or expected this, but with thousands of fields planted late or very late, we can use planting dates and yields—if we get them from enough fields—to estimate how much effect late planting had on yields. To submit your information online click here.

REMINDER – 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.  

U.S SOY LEADS THE WAY IN SUSTAINABLE GLOBAL AQUACULTURE

For nearly 30 years, the U.S. Soybean Export Council’s (USSEC) aquaculture program, funded by the soybean checkoff, has provided critical training and technical knowledge for global aquaculture. To help shape sustainable aquaculture, USSEC focuses on four areas: feed, technology advancements, aquaculture investment, and sustainability. To read more about each area and how soy is leading the way in this industry, click here.

MENTAL HEALTH ADVICE FOR RURAL AREAS

Mental health is a concern in rural areas as farmers cope with stress and uncertainty due to economic and environmental conditions. Often, there are no mental health providers in the local community. Public health programs can help, but what are the best ways to reach farm populations with those programs? Read about a study conducted by Josie Rudolphi, assistant professor of agricultural and biological engineering, at the University of Illinois that focuses on the best ways to reach farm populations. To read more about the study results, click here.

HOW TO STOP SCN

For Iowa soybean producer Ron Heck, yield maps were the first step to stopping SCN wreaking havoc on his soybean acreage. Read more about how field sampling and crop rotation helped Heck stop SCN in its tracks.

WISHH 2019 RESULTS & TRENDS

The World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) has released a one-pager on 2019 results and trends. 22 companies in nine countries (Uganda, Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Cambodia, Guatemala and Nicaragua) introduced the current use of soy ingredients in their commercial food or feed supply. 87 percent of surveyed global participants in WISHH activities reported understanding the value of using soy as a functional ingredient and recognized the potential for increased product yield and profits while using soy. For more information visit on the trends found, visit WISHH.org. 

REGISTER TODAY – ILSOYADVISOR SOYBEAN SUMMIT

Registration is now open for ISA’s annual ILSoyAdvisor Soybean Summit – Tuesday, March 10 at the Crowne Plaza Springfield in Springfield, Illinois. The event will run from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT. This year’s Summit will educate producers and production industry participants on a variety of topics ranging from in-season agronomics to agribusiness management practices and ag technology advancements that could help find efficiencies and increase profitability on your farm. And for Certified Crop Advisers – CEU credits will be offered for qualifying breakout sessions. Visit www.ILSoyAdvisor.com/SoybeanSummit to learn more and register today.

REMINDER – NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR THE 2020 SOYBEAN MASTER ADVISER AWARD

Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2020 Soybean Master Adviser award. Presented by the Illinois Soybean Association, the Soybean Master Adviser award recognizes a Certified Crop Adviser for their dedication to the soybean industry and passion for improving soybean management practices. Any Illinois CCA with an active certification and who works with farmers to improve soybean production can be nominated. Nominations are due by Jan. 10 –  the entry form can be downloaded online.

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