Soybean Weekly Update

February 7, 2019

WISHH Helps Launch Partnership to Benefit Cambodian Aquaculture
American Soybean Association (ASA) World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) leaders, including ISA directors Daryl Cates and Scott Gaffner, joined Cambodian and U.S. government officials to launch a strategic partnership that will grow trade and development of Cambodia’s aquaculture sector. The Commercialization of Aquaculture for Sustainable Trade (CAST) Cambodia five-year project will accelerate production of high-demand fish species and develop the aquaculture industry. CAST makes it possible for Cambodia’s private sector and universities to work with U.S. soybean farmers, academic and non-governmental organizations.

Nelson Recognized as 2019 CCA Soybean Master Adviser
The ISA checkoff program recognized soybean expert, Kevin Nelson, as its 2019 CCA Master Adviser at the 2019 Soybean Summit this week. Nelson has been a CCA for 24 years and has completed more than 500 hours of continuing education training to keep his approach to agronomy and soybeans fresh. To read more about the award and about Nelson, click here.

ASA Accepting Applications for Ag Voices of the Future
ASA is accepting applications for the Ag Voices of the Future program sponsored by Valent USA. The program is for young people interested in improving their understanding of major policy issues that impact soybean farmers, the importance of advocacy and careers that can impact ag policy. The class will be held with the ASA Board Meeting and Soy Issues Briefing, July 22-25, 2019, in Washington, D.C. Students must be at least 18 years old. To apply, visit the website here, and submit an application by March 13.

ISA Marks 10th Anniversary of Pork Power with IPPA
Pork Power: Partnering to Fight Hunger in Illinois reached its 10-year anniversary in 2018. The ISA checkoff program has consistently supported the program led by the Illinois Pork Producers Association. The Illinois Corn Marketing Board also participates. ISA will help present a donation to the Eastern Illinois Foodbank at Illini Basketball’s Ag Day this weekend. Together, Illinois farmers donated more than 96,000 pounds of ground pork in 2018. At Illinois Pork Expo, farmers were challenged to donate 100,000 pounds in 2019. Since 2008, Pork Power has provided more than 721,000 pounds of pork - enough for 2.4 million meals - for Illinois families.

Better Beans Series Sessions Continue Next Week
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 here to register and see agendas. 

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.

Read Part 2 of Test Weight Matters in 2019
With poor fall harvest conditions, test weights were down, but does this matter? Dan Davidson says, yes, in this second article on the subject. Davidson responds to questions from readers on the impact of late-season stress on test weight as well as other questions about how test weight could be reduced during the growing season. Read more of his advice and get the latest local, in-season actionable advice on

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 Scott no 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.

Applications Available for At-Large ISA Directors; More to Come

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 Scott now to begin the application process. Official notice for district directors will be announced by the Illinois Department of Agriculture and ISA in April.

Market Facilitation Program Enrollment Ends Next Week
Illinois soybean producers who have not signed a CCC-910 to participate in the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) are urged to visit their local county FSA offices by Feb. 14, 2019. USDA launched the trade mitigation package aimed to assist producers directly impacted due to unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations. More information and instructions are provided at

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., in room W208. 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.

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


ILSoyAdvisor Tweet of the Week

"We can't beat Iowa in football or basketball, but we can beat the socks off Iowa in soybean production," @Bean_Dork congratulates IL #soybean growers during the Q&A session at #2019SoybeanSummit. See more tweets from @ILSoyAdvisor and follow along on Twitter.