Soybean Weekly Update

ISA AND IL CORN ANNOUNCE PCM PROGRAM

ISA and IL Corn hosted a virtual press conference this week to announce their recent partnership on the Precision Conservation Management (PCM) program. PCM seeks to enhance the effectiveness of conservation for the farm operation, while helping reduce complexity and manage the risks associated with practices. In case you missed it, see the recording here.

REGISTRATION FOR THE 2021 SOYBEAN SUMMIT IS NOW OPEN

This three-morning virtual summit experience, themed “Say Hello: Home Edition” will take place February 10, 17, and 24, 2021. Funded by the Illinois Soybean Association checkoff program, this event provides a rich lineup of expert speakers sharing the latest agronomic insights, sustainable production and agribusiness management advice, along with actionable recommendations to improve farmer yields, sustainably, and boost bottom lines. To register, visit http://ilsoyadvisor.com/soybeansummit.

AMP VIDEO HIGHLIGHT

Chandler Bane made the decision following college graduation that he wanted to farm full-time. Hear how the Agribusiness Management Program (AMP) has guided Chandler in learning what it entails to be a full-time farmer. https://youtu.be/H13hZkiICiE 

2021 SOYBEAN MASTER ADVISER NOMINATIONS

Do you know an experienced Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) with a passion for soybean management? ISA is now accepting nominations for the annual Soybean Master Adviser award, presented by the ISA checkoff program. Any Illinois CCA whose certification is active, is interested and involved in soybean management and works with farmers can be nominated. The award winner will be recognized during ISA’s ILSoyAdvisor Soybean Summit events in February. Visit ILSoyAdvisor.com to learn more and download the nomination form.

DAVE RAHE EXCELLENCE IN SOILS CONSULTING NOMINATIONS

Do you know a Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) with exemplary soils consulting experience? ISA is now accepting nominations for a new award to honor former CCA Soy Envoy, Dave Rahe. The award will be given to one Illinois CCA nominated for their excellence in soils consulting within Illinois soybean production systems. The award winner will be recognized during ISA’s ILSoyAdvisor Soybean Summit events in February. Visit ILSoyAdvisor.com to learn more and download the nomination form.

2020 AGRICULTURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT SURVEY (ARMS)

USDA NASS plans to reach out to more than 30,000 producers nationwide during January through April to conduct its final phase of the 2020 Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS).  The survey asks producers to provide in-depth information about their operating revenues, production costs, and household characteristics. This year the survey also includes questions to help measure any impacts of COVID-19 on farms, farm and household finances, and off-farm employment. For more information visit: https://www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_State/Illinois/

IDOA ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE FALL COVER FOR SPRING SAVINGS PROGRAM

IDOA is now accepting applications for the Fall Cover for Spring Savings program. Farmers using cover crops will be eligible for a $5/acre discount for acres planted to cover crops in the fall of 2020 that will be planted to an insurable crop in 2021, helping farmers meet the goals of the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy. Find more information here: https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/agr/Resources/LandWater/Pages/Cover-Crops-Premium-Discount-Program.aspx

USDA NASS PLANS TO REINSTATE THE AGRICULTURAL LABOR SURVEY

USDA NASS plans to reinstate the Agricultural Labor Survey which was suspended on September 30. NASS will mail the questionnaires and begin data collection immediately, previously scheduled for October 2020. The report will be published on February 11, 2021 and will include data for the June and October 2020 reference dates, including annual average wage rates, hired workers and hours worked. For more information visit: https://www.nass.usda.gov/Surveys/Guide_to_NASS_Surveys/Farm_Labor/

ILSOYADVISOR/AMP BLOG POST:

Farmers rely on new ag technologies to provide efficiencies and advantages needed to grow crops profitably. Agtech companies rely on farmers for input and testing to ensure those innovations meet their on-farm needs and expectations. Read more on ISA’s new AgTechConnect initiative to find ways to connect with technology: https://bit.ly/2KpR7AH

ILSoyAdvisor Tweet of the Week:

Starting today, interested #farmers may sign-up on the @ILAgriculture website, or through their local Soil and Water Conservation District for the “Fall Covers for Spring Savings” program. Learn more here: bit.ly/2JMFMKH

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