Soybean Weekly Update

January 31, 2019

ISA Wants to See You at the Summit Next Week

The annual ILSoyAdvisor Soybean Summit will be held Feb. 5 at the Crowne Plaza Springfield in Springfield, Ill. The event will run from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year’s Summit will educate producers and production industry participants on various management techniques that can lead to higher yields and greater profitability. CCAs can earn continuing education unit credits for each session.Register onlinetweet @ILSoyAdvisor with the hashtag #2019SoybeanSummit.

Better Beans Series Sessions Continue in February

Attendees to the Better Beans Series (BBS) events can see producer soybean checkoff dollars at work, providing local solutions to a world of needs. ILSoyAdvisor will bring the latest research and advice on soybean management practices; Feb. 13 – Quincy in partnership with Prairieland FS, Inc.; Feb. 19 – Peoria in partnership with American Farmland Trust; and Feb. 21 – Champaign in partnership with Ehler Brothers Co.Click hereto register and see agendas.

Update 2019 Soybean Seeding Rates

Seeding rateshave drastically changed over the years, Dan Davidson says in his blog on ILSoyAdvisor. Davidson explains the changes and looks at modern recommendations. Read more of his advice and get the latest local, in-season actionable advice

Illinois Farm Families Connects Farmers and Influencers

Illinois Farm Families continued to work toward the goal of “building trust in Illinois farmers and their farming practices” by focusing on programming for health and wellness influencers in 2018. Farm tours, a farm-to-table event and educational webinar about GMOs reached hundreds of Illinois dietitians and increased confidence in Illinois farmers. An updated websitelaunched in November and generated more visitors. Website and blog users find information, farm perspectives and downloadable resources about top food concerns from consumers. Social media is an important platform for reaching consumers, with a 20 percent rise in followers since 2017

EU Opens Biodiesel Market to U.S. Soybeans

Conservation practices required for U.S. soybean production meet European Union (EU) sustainability standards, so biodiesel produced from documented soybeans can now be used in the EU through at least July 1, 2021, the European Commission has announced. The EU requires biofuels to meet sustainability criteria outlined in its Renewable Energy Directive (RED). The U.S. soy industry has its own sustainability guideline, the Soybean Sustainability Assurance Protocol (SSAP), which the EU now acknowledges meets its rigorous RED.While this announcement applies only to U.S. soybeans exported for biodiesel, the American Soybean Association (ASA) sees it as a good step for enhancing the EU market and validating the SSAP.

Free Webinar: Creating a System for Soybean Yield Success

Soybean yields in Illinois have been on a consistent uphill trend. In a free webinar, crop production specialist AJ Woodyard will explore several strategies that increase the likelihood of success and present on the different opportunities that exist with greater soybean management. The webinar will be held Feb. 22 at 10 a.m. For more information or to register click here.

ISA Receives Multiple Regional Marketing Awards

During the Region IV Best of NAMA (National Agri-Marketing Association) Awards last week, ISA received several awards for work completed during the past year. The awards reflect the support and contributions from the entire ISA team and cover multiple ISA priorities. They also help build recognition for ISA and create new opportunities to engage with industry partners. ISA received eight first place awards in several categories, including audiovisual presentations, single-page ads, outdoor ads, blogs and public relations campaigns. ISA received five merit awards. All will compete at the national awards level, with winners announced in April.

ISA Supports 2019 Illinois Pork Expo
As a key sponsor of the 2019 Illinois Pork Expo this week, the ISA checkoff program connected with top local customers. Pork production consumes 79 percent of the soybean meal fed in Illinois. A live recording of the U.S. Farm Report highlighted the event, with a marketing round table including Brian Basting, Advanced Trading; Alan Brugler, Brugler Marketing; and Chip Nellinger, Blue Reef Agri-Marketing. The discussion featured soybeans and potential changes in the feed market due to African Swine Fever, and will air this weekend. Attendees also learned about new products, improvement opportunities and the importance of protecting against an African Swine Fever outbreak. For more information, contact Laura Temple.

ISA to Host Commodity Classic Blockchain Learning Session

Can blockchain deliver real value to farmers? ISA will answer that question and more during an Illinois checkoff program-funded Learning Center Session at Commodity Classic 2019 in Orlando. The session will be held March 2 from 8:15 a.m.-9:15 a.m. Blockchain is widely considered to be a once-in-a-generation revolutionary technology and is predicted to continue to disruptively impact financial systems, supply chains, governments and more – having the potential to fundamentally change the way farmers do business. Learn more here.

ISB Seeks United Soybean Board Candidates

The Illinois Soybean Board (ISB) is making notice that applications are now available for those interested in serving as a director on the United Soybean Board (USB). There are two USB director positions open. Dan Farney and Doug Winter are both completing their second term and are both eligible to run for a third term. Directors may serve a maximum of three, three-year terms.  If you are interested in becoming a candidate, please contact Dustin Scottno later than Feb. 22, 2019, who will provide the necessary forms to be completed and returned to him by March 1, 2019. Eligible USB candidates must be appointed by a QSSB or eligible organization, be a soybean producer who is engaged in growing soybeans in the United States who owns, or shares the ownership and risk of loss of such soybeans, as well as be an Illinois resident of legal voting age and a contributor to the soybean checkoff. All eligible candidates will be invited to address the ISB Board at the March 7, 2019, meeting in Bloomington, Illinois.

ISA to Fill Eight Board Seats This Year

ISA board seats representing districts 3, 4, 6, 8, 15 and 18, as well as two at-large board seats, are up for election this year. John Longley (District 3), Sharon Covert, (District 4), Dale Asher (District 8), Daryl Cates (District 15), Jeff Lynn (At-Large) and Lynn Rohrscheib (At-Large) will all term off the board during ISA’s July 2019 meeting in Champaign, Ill.  Jim Martin (District 6) and Rick Rubenacker (District 18) are eligible for re-election. 

·      District 3: Henderson, Henry, Mercer, Rock Island, Stark, Warren and Whiteside

·      District 4: Bureau, Grundy, Kendall and LaSalle counties

·      District 6: Livingston, McLean and Woodford counties

·      District 8: Adams, Brown, Hancock, McDonough and Schuyler counties

·      District 15: Clinton, Madison, Monroe and St. Clair counties

·      District 18: Alexander, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Johnson, Massac, Pope, Pulaski, Saline, Union and Williamson counties.

The ISA board is comprised of 18 district directors and six at-large directors. Eligibility to serve requires candidates be Illinois residents of legal voting age that contribute to the soybean checkoff. District candidates must be residents in the district sought to represent.
Board members serve a term of three years, and are eligible for up to two terms. The average board member devotes 30 days per year attending functions representing ISA. At-large director candidates may contact 
Dustin Scottnow to begin the application process. Official notice for district directors will be announced by the Illinois Department of Agriculture and ISA in April.


Dicamba Label Training Sessions Scheduled Through March

Dicamba label training workshops are required for any certified applicator planning to apply dicamba to soybeans in 2019. Training in 2018 does not count for this requirement. The Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association is holding more than 30 classroom trainings through March. For specific dates or to register, click here. Seating is limited.

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.