Weekly Update

Illinois Soybean Leaders Elected to National Biodiesel Board

Illinois soybean producers Jeff Lynn and Rob Shaffer were recently elected to the National Biodiesel Board (NBB). As governing body members, Lynn and Shaffer will serve two-year terms, working to secure strong markets for biodiesel fuel made from soybean oil. Current ISA director Lynn from Oakfield, Ill., and past ISA director Shaffer, El Paso, Ill., come on to the board as fellow Illinois farmer leader Mike Cunningham retires as vice chairman of NBB.

ISA Fights Local Hunger through Pork Power

As part of the 10th anniversary of the Pork Power: Partnering to Fight Hunger in Illinois campaign, the ISA checkoff program and Illinois Corn Marketing Board are joining the Illinois Pork Producers Association in donating about 60,000 pounds of ground pork to regional Illinois food banks. Pork Power annually provides high-quality protein to food banks throughout the state. It’s a practical opportunity for soybean farmers to help feed their communities, since pork production uses nearly 79 percent of the soybean meal fed in Illinois. During the past 10 years, Pork Power has provided more than 625,000 pounds – or 2.4 million servings – of pork to Illinois families. Contact Laura Temple to learn about donation events in your area.

STC Explores Innovative Containerized Shipping on Inland Waterways

A new, innovative maritime vessel may offer the potential to transport soybeans and other ag products via shipping containers along the inland waterway system to Gulf of Mexico export facilities. If realized, the new supply chain will enable farmers and local elevators to more directly access international customers. American Patriot Holdings, LLC has developed the patented vessel design, while the Soy Transportation Coalition (STC) has released an economic feasibility report from Informa Economics IEG comparing its cost, speed and quality preservation. The report builds on earlier research commissioned by the ISA checkoff program, and concludes that transporting soybeans from St. Louis via bulk barge to an ocean vessel at a Mississippi Gulf export terminal and onto a customer in Shanghai, China, would save up to 45 percent in costs and up to a 14-day advantage.  Read the full report on the STC website.

REMINDER: Submit Yield Challenge Harvest Entry Forms Right Away

The deadline for Yield Challenge Harvest Entry Forms is today, but ISA will accept forms past the deadline should you need additional time. Submit all forms to yieldchallenge@ilsoy.org . If you have any questions contact Bob Wells, Yield Challenge Coordinator, at bwells@ilsoy.org or via 217-649-0925.

Review Challenges and Rewards of 2018 Soybean Season

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, and the 2018 soybean season definitely proved that to Rod Moran as he wrote his last blog for ILSoyAdvisor. Moran examines what was learned from challenges and how some growers were able to maintain high yields despite #Soypocalypse. Read more of his articles and get the latest local, in-season actionable advice here.

Webinar Examines 100-Bushel Yield Gap

The ILSoyAdvisor webinar series will begin the season Nov. 28 at 10 a.m. with CCA Soy Envoy Todd Steinacher sharing his insights on the 100-bushel yield gap. A few producers have broken 100-bushel soybean yields. The world record is 171 bushels. Yet for many, field yields remain in the 50 to 75-bushel range. The webinar will explore why this gap exists and what factors determine final yield. Steinacher will focus on five things producers can evaluate in the system, how to tweak current management and what practices can close the gap. Register here.

Save the Date for ILSoyAdvisor Soybean Summit

The annual Soybean Summit will be held Feb. 5 at the Crowne Plaza Springfield. The event will run 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will educate producers and industry participants on various management techniques that can lead to higher yields and greater profitability. More information will be coming soon, and online registration will open later this month.

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

Was your row spacing correct? Did you use the right seed treatments? Ask these questions and more as you evaluate the season before making your final #soybean variety decision for next year https://bit.ly/2Rs2Mxl. See more tweets from @ILSoyAdvisor and follow along on Twitter.