Soybean Weekly Update

AMERICAN SOYBEAN ASSOCIATION CELEBRATES 100th ANNIVERSARY
This year, the American Soybean Association (ASA) is celebrating its 100th anniversary. What began on an Indiana soybean farm in 1920 developed into an organization that quickly grew to be the leading advocate for U.S. soybean farmers. Throughout 2020, ASA has a series of events and announcements planned to celebrate this significant milestone. Be on the lookout for anniversary news and visit www.soygrowers.com for more information.
 
GOODBYE 2019, HELLO 2020
What did you learn from the 2019 growing season? Maybe it was that you never want to experience it again, but Jason Carr, CCA, shares his top three lessons from 2019 and how it will impact 2020 growing plans. Read Carr’s article, and get the latest local, in-season actionable advice on www.ILSoyAdvisor.com.
 
WHAT WE’RE READING THIS WEEK
This week, we’re reading a new article on farm safety and hazard communication featuring paramedic director at the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety, Dan Neenan’s thoughts from a recent webinar by AgriSafe. In this piece, Neenan discusses hazard communication standards and provides tips for implementing a successful hazard communication program. Read the article here.
 
NEW ASA STUDY FINDS SOYBEAN FARMERS COMMITTED TO CONSERVATION
This week, the American Soybean Association (ASA) released results of a soil health and conservation study conducted through third-party surveys and focus groups during 2019. The survey found that soybean farmers are active conservationists with a desire to do more. In fact, 73% of farmers surveyed said they would implement more conservation measures if they thought it would be profitable to do so. Check out the infographic containing more findings, or reach out to ASA for the full study results.
 
ILLINOIS PARTICIPANT JOINS 36TH CLASS OF ASA CORTEVA AGRISCIENCE YOUNG LEADERS CLASS
The 36th class of American Soybean Association Corteva Agriscience Young Leaders recently began its leadership journey at the Corteva Agriscience Global Business Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. This year, Illinois has a participant in the Young Leaders program – Brady Holst – and we’re excited to see what he learns. To read the full news release about the program, visit soygrowers.com.
 
GENES CONTROLLING MYCORRHIZAL COLONIZATION DISCOVERED IN SOYBEAN PLANTS
A recent study by the University of Illinois found that not all soybean genotypes respond the same way to their mycorrhizal relationships. The process of root colonization starts before fungal spores even germinate in the soil. Roots exude chemicals, triggering spores to germinate and grow toward the root. The study suggests there is a genetic component to root colonization rates in soybean. To read more about the study, click here.
 
UNITED SOYBEAN BOARD 2019 WINTER MEETING RECAP
In December, the United Soybean Board (USB) held their winter meeting, and along with electing a new Chair and Executive Committee, 19 new directors were sworn in by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The meeting included remarks from Ambassador Gregg Doud, Chief Agricultural Negotiator in the Office of the United States Trade Representative, who highlighted recent trade negotiations and opportunities for U.S. soybean farmers in the international marketplace. Following the December meeting, members of USB’s Strategic Plan Task Force met to continue their work toward the development of the soy checkoff’s next strategic plan. The next USB meeting is February 11-12, 2020 in Las Vegas.
 
DEADLINE APPROACHING – COVER CROP INCENTIVE PROGRAM
The Illinois Department of Agriculture’s Cover Crop Premium Discount Program is offering eligible applicants a $5 per-acre insurance premium discount on the following year’s crop insurance invoice for every acre of cover crop enrolled and verified in the program. The deadline to sign up is Jan. 15. To read more about the program and see if you are eligible for the discount, read the full article here.
 
FINAL ANNOUNCEMENT – JAN. 10 IS LAST CALL FOR CCA NOMINATIONS
Do you know an experienced Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) with a passion for soybean management? Nominations are currently being accepted for the annual Soybean Master Adviser award, presented by the Illinois Soybean Association checkoff program at the 2020 Soybean Summit. Nominees will be judged on their overall qualifications and contributions to soybean production and management in Illinois. Nomination forms can be downloaded online and are due by Jan. 10 to Megan Miller.
 
REGISTER TODAY – ILSOYADVISOR SOYBEAN SUMMIT
Registration is 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. The free event will provide information 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 producers’ farms. 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.
 
ISA TO FILL EIGHT BOARD SEATS IN 2020
Illinois Soybean Association board seats representing districts 1, 5, 7, 9, 12, and 13, as well as two at-large board seats, are up for election in 2020. Please reach out to Paul Rasmussen, ISA Governance Committee Chairperson (paul.rasmussen@frontier.com), Dustin Scott (scottd@ilsoy.org), Claudine Wargel (wargelc@ilsoy.org) or other ISA board members for additional information or if you know someone who may be interested in serving.

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.