Soybean Weekly Update

ISA DISTRICT ELECTION UPDATE

Due to COVID-19, the district director elections for the Illinois Soybean Board (ISB)/Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) will be held via absentee ballot in 2020. Elections are being held for districts 1, 5, 7, 9, 12, and 13. If you are a resident producer in any of these areas, you are entitled to a vote. To request an absentee ballot, email David Humphreys, election coordinator, at the Illinois Department of Agriculture at david.humphreys@illinois.gov.

NATIONAL GROWERS COALITION DEFENDS CONTINUED USE OF EXISTING DICAMBA STOCKS

A coalition of national grower organizations, including the American Farm Bureau Federation, American Soybean Association, and the National Corn Growers Association filed an amicus brief this week supporting the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) position against the NGO petition that seeks to invalidate the EPA’s dicamba existing stocks order for three dicamba products – Xtendimax, Engenia, and FeXapan – whose registrations were immediately vacated by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit earlier this month. The coalition argues that the decision would financially devastate America’s growers who have already invested heavily in these seeds and herbicides. The Growers Coalition brief supporting the EPA can be read here.

FUN WITH THE “T” WORD

In this July 15 AMP webinar, Illinois Farm Business Farm Management (FBFM) Field Staffers Jessie Shoopman and Emily Carls talk through an issue we all must address on a yearly basis – taxes. This session will aim to take frustration and fear out of the equation. Topics will include what is new, different and unique about taxes in 2019 and 2020, and the pros and cons of using entity structures to change tax situations. Attend this third webinar in ISA’s Agribusiness Management Program (AMP) summer webinar series at 10 a.m. on July 15. Register for this session and the entire series at ILSoyAdvisor.com.

WHAT WE’RE READING

This week, we’re reading a piece from Farm Progress on conservation best practices for optimal return on investment. The article, How conservation can pay for itself, discusses the Illinois Corn Precision Conservation Management (PCM) program and its effect on cutting nitrogen rates when practiced. Farmers in the program report saving money on fertilizer bills and other costs. Read the full article for more PCM insights here.

U.S. SOY IS HELPING TO DONATE SOY-BASED SANDALS TO FRONTLINE HEALTH WORKERS

U.S. Soy is partnering with Okabashi, an American company that uses U.S. soy for shoes and sandals, to donate up to 10,000 pairs of soy-based sandals to healthcare workers for every order placed through Okabashi’s site or on Zappos. Customers can purchase a pair of soy-sandals for themselves and write a note to a healthcare worker who will receive a free pair. Read more about how you can purchase a pair here.

ASA ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR CONSERVATION LEGACY AWARDS

The American Soybean Association (ASA) is now accepting applications for their Conservation Legacy Award, which recognizes U.S. soybean farmers who use environmentally friendly and profitable farm management practices. Entries are judged on soil management, water management, input management, conservation, environmental management and sustainability. All soybean farmers are eligible to enter, so fill out an application today and visit www.soygrowers.com for more information about the award.

WISHH’S WORK IN CAMBODIA CONTINUES DURING COVID-19

Late last week, the Royal Government of Cambodia’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) visited the World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) Program’s USDA-funded Commercialization of Aquaculture for Sustainable Trade (CAST) Cambodia project to elevate the importance of aquaculture for COVID-19 economic recovery and to promote farm-raised fish as a protein-rich food for Cambodia’s growing population. Discussions during the visit included the role of soy in aquaculture and how U.S. soybean growers are engaged in trade-building activities through WISHH and USDA. Read more about WISHH’s efforts abroad at www.wishh.org.

FARM PROGRESS SHOW 2020 UPDATE

The 2020 Farm Progress show will proceed as planned in Boone, Iowa, from Sept. 1-3 with enhanced health and safety measures. Events Manager Matt Jungmann said, “We know that the market is dealing with a lot of issues, but agriculture is a critical business for this country and farmers are seeking ways to be better at what they do. And nowhere is that more possible than the Farm Progress Show.” The staff is working to ensure health is a priority for visitors and exhibitors. Learn more about the event at Marketing.FarmProgress.com.

REGISTER TODAY – JUNE 25 WEBINAR ON PLANT HEALTH

Just like humans, crops are subject to daily stress due to factors in their environment. And just like humans, crops under stress will not function and perform up to their maximum potential. In the next ILSoyAdvisor webinar, brought to you by BASF, presenter Mike Probst will look at factors affecting plant health and discuss ways to help mitigate negative results. Learn more and register for the June 25 webinar online.

UNCOVER HIDDEN NUTRIENT DEFICIENCIES WITH TISSUE TESTING

Are you able to look at a plant and know exactly which nutrients might limit yield this growing season? In some cases, a soybean plant may be deficient in a specific nutrient without exhibiting visual symptoms. Tissue testing is an approach that can be used to uncover these hidden hungers, according to Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) Soy Envoy, Jason Haegele. Read Haegele’s latest article and get the latest in-season, actionable advice at ILSoyAdvisor.com.

ILLINOIS WINTER WHEAT PRODUCTION FORECAST IS OUT

According to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, Heartland Regional Field Office, the winter wheat forecast for Illinois is at 73 bushels per acre and the harvested area for 2020 Illinois winter wheat is forecasted at 530,000 – which is down 20,000 acres from last year. Read more about U.S. wheat production here and check out Illinois Soybeans Association’s (ISA) double-crop guide for tips on increasing your yield.

JOIN LAND STEWARDSHIP & RISK MANAGEMENT WEBINAR SERIES

A new webinar series from the Illinois Sustainable Ag Partnership explores use of land stewardship and soil health management as tools to mitigate production and financial risks. On June 25, LaSalle County Farmer Carl Zimmerman will share his perspective—and budget sheets—to show how soil health management systems improve working capital. A July 2 webinar features Jonathan Coppess exploring how companies across the ag supply chain are responding to consumer and market demand for sustainably produced products. Both sessions are from 11 AM – noon and offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Sign up here.

EXCITING CAREERS IN AGRICULTURE THAT MAY INSPIRE YOU

As we near the dog days of summer and families look for ways to engage children at home, check out ISA’s educational resource, Exciting Careers in Agriculture That May Excite You. ISA explores the many different career possibilities available in agriculture. From scientists to data analysts to engineers, there are numerous exciting possibilities to consider. Contact Rachel Peabody for any questions.

ILSOYADVISOR TWEET OF THE WEEK

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