Soybean Weekly Update

2020 HARVEST IS WRAPPING UP

With suitable fieldwork days earlier this month, harvest appears to be wrapping up for Illinois soybean farmers. An estimated 93 percent of state soybean harvest was completed according to a report by USDA-NASS Illinois Crop Progress and Condition. Among those harvesting early this year was Illinois farmer and ISA Director Elliott Uphoff, who reported that his corn and soybean harvests had been complete for a couple of weeks. Read more about the 2020 harvest season here.

CELEBRATING ILLINOIS SERVICE MEMBERS IN AGRICULTURE

The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) is relaunching the Homegrown by Heroes program, which allows Illinois farmers, ranchers, fishermen and producers who have served (or are still serving) in the U.S. military to use a special logo on the agricultural products they sell to the public. Homegrown by Heroes is free for Illinois veterans. To be eligible, you must provide proof of service, a letter of support from your commanding officer or a designated representative and must maintain 50 percent or greater ownership of the business/operation. For more information on the program, click here.

WHAT WE’RE READING THIS WEEK

This week, we’re reading an AgriNews piece titled, Dry weather helps harvest, but trims yields, featuring Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) Director Ryan Frieders. In the article, Frieders comments on the early end to the 2020 harvest season, highlighting how the hot and dry August weather helped his family wrap things up. Frieders said, “It’s at least a month ahead of schedule for us. Normally we try to finish by Thanksgiving, but we just had a really good stretch of nice weather. The crops were dry enough that we were able to harvest.” Read more about Frieders’ 2020 harvest in the full piece here.

NEW VIDEO ON THE IMPORTANCE OF SOYBEAN FARMERS & THE LIFE OF A BEAN

U.S. soybean farmers are an essential part of the agriculture industry. They work to feed families around the world and keep shelves stocked. United Soybean Board’s (USB) Soy Connection created this video to recognize soybean farmers and illustrate the life of a bean. The video educates consumers about the soybeans they purchase and farmers’ role throughout the lifecycle of a bean. Watch the full video here.

NON-GMO SOYBEAN CONTRACT OPPORTUNITY

Mercaris and Benson Hill have teamed up to connect growers with a competitive acreage contract premium program. Growers must be located within 250 miles of Gibson City, have at least 150 acres available to be contracted for non-GMO soybeans in 2021, and have on-farm storage capacity. Interested growers must fill out the form here and if eligible, Mercaris will respond within 24 hours. For more information about this program and others, visit soybeanpremiums.org.

STEPS TO CREATING AN ENTITY

There are many reasons individuals decide to formalize their operation into a business entity. But where do you start? Jessie Shoopman, Illinois FBFM, gives steps to creating an entity. Read Shoopman’s article and get the latest in-season, actionable advice at ILSoyAdvisor.com.

GOODYEAR & SKECHERS IN STEP WITH U.S. SOY

U.S. soy can now be found in Skechers new footwear line, thanks to the company’s collaboration with The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. Soy checkoff-supported research by the United Soybean Board (USB) and Goodyear showed soybean oil could improve tire flexibility across temperatures and enhance traction in rainy and snowy weather conditions. As a result of this research, Skechers used the same technology to create their Skechers GOrun collection. Read more about the partnership with both Skechers and Goodyear and the use of soybean oil in the full article here.

SUMMER INTERNSHIP AT USDA

As part of the federal Pathways Program, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering paid federal internships at USDA agencies and offices around the country for the summer of 2021. Interested candidates in high school to graduate school can apply for this program which will help enhance their educational goals, give them on-the-job experience, mentorship and shape their career choices. To learn more about how to apply and program requirements, visit here.

NEW JOB OPENING AT ISA – DIRECTOR OF CONSERVATION AGRICULTURE
ISA is looking for a Director of Conservation Agriculture who will work closely with farmers on the development and implementation of conservation agriculture research. The Director will successfully create and execute strategies and programs to address practical issues and opportunities that holistically improve farmer profitability through agronomically and environmentally sound cropping systems. Read more about this role and other open positions at ISA here.

ILSOYADVISOR TWEET OF THE WEEK

Avoiding waterhemp with the combine could be one of the largest challenges faced during #harvest20. Hear more about dodging weed escapes from district 6 director Jim Martin: https://bit.ly/2It3qer

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