Weekly Update

Soybean Weekly Update - August 18, 2017

August 17, 2017

Help Prove Illinois Farmers are Sustainability Leaders

Join ISA in completing this short checkoff-funded survey.  The results will help demonstrate how American soybean farmers continue to improve their economic, social and environmental stewardship practices.  The survey is confidential and takes just a few minutes to fill out.  By entering your email address, you will receive a report of the tabulated findings.

ISA Chairwoman Wins Top Young Leader Award

ISA Chairwoman and Illinois Farm Bureau Young Leader Lynn Rohrscheib nabbed one of Farm Bureau’s top awards during Agriculture Day at the Illinois State Fair.  Rohrscheib, of Fairmount in Vermilion County, was selected as the 2017 winner of the Young Leader Achievement Award. The award recognizes young farmers who derive the majority of their income from farming for their efforts in production agriculture, leadership ability, and involvement and participation in Farm Bureau and other organizations.  Rohrscheib farms and manages a custom application business with her family.

Food Influencers Explore Soy-based Ingredients During Farm-to-Table Dinner

The ISA checkoff program on Aug. 16 hosted more than 20 food bloggers, dietitians and other industry influencers at a farm-to-table dinner at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.  As part of its Soy in the City initiative, the dinner showcased three different courses that demonstrated a soybean connection.  Farmers and chefs shared “farm” and “table” perspectives on topics such as the role soy plays in feeding Illinois pigs, to soy’s nutritional benefits in ingredients like vegetable oil and soy sauce.

ISA Educates State Fair Visitors about Illinois Agriculture

During the 2017 Illinois State Fair, the ISA checkoff program connected with visitors to highlight Illinois agriculture.  At the Commodities Pavilion, table toppers explained the link between Illinois crop and livestock farmers as visitors enjoyed ribeyes, pork chop sandwiches and more.  And, at the Farmers Little Helper exhibit, families had the opportunity to learn about the work farmers do on their farms.  ISA partnered with other commodity organizations during the events, including the Illinois Beef Association, Illinois Corn Marketing Board and Illinois Pork Producers Association.

South Korean Trade Team Focuses on Sustainability of Illinois Soybeans

A U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) tour for a team of soybean buyers from South Korea visited Illinois at the beginning of the week.  The group visited CHS in Morris, a farm in Mazon, and visited with ISA directors over lunch.  The discussion centered on the sustainability of growing soybeans in Illinois, a key concern for Korean buyers.  Hosting teams like this one builds strong relationships with international customers, helping Illinois and U.S. soybeans compete in the global market.

Still Time to Sign Up for Aug. 23 ILSoyAdvisor.com 4Rs Webinar

ISA is hosting a webinar focused on soil fertility and soil testing, Aug. 23, from 10-11 a.m.  Presented by Terry D. Wyciskalla, CPAg/CCA/4R Certified, this webinar will discuss the importance of soil sampling and analysis when planning for high yield soybeans.  One continuing education unit (CEU) in soil and water management is available.  Register online here.

Soil Health Partnership to Host Illinois Field Day

The Soil Health Partnership will host a field day Sept. 8 at the Dave Olson Farm near Hoopeston, Ill., from 9-11:30 a.m.  The event is hosted by Dave Olson and ISA director Tom Kentner from Danville, Ill.  Topics include cover crop plots, cover crop fertilizer and population demonstrations, rainfall simulators and soil pits.  Register to attend at Soilhealthpartnership.org.

Keep an Eye on Dicamba

ISA continues to monitor for news and update the dicamba resources found here.  Any farmer who sees possible dicamba damage to crops should consider these steps:
  • Talk with the neighbor(s) who applied or contracted for the dicamba application(s).
  • If applicable, talk with the commercial applicator or product manufacturer.
  • If a yield loss is probable based on severity of symptoms, report a claim to your insurance company and ask the neighbor and/or the commercial applicator to do the same.
  • Contact the University of Illinois to assess type of drift on the field.  This bulletin provides details.
  • File a drift complaint with the Illinois Department of Agriculture.  Here’s how: 

See Double-Crop Demonstrations at Farm Progress Show

The ISA checkoff program, along with Syngenta, GROWMARK and Limagrain Genetics, is sponsoring double-crop demonstration plots at the 2017 Farm Progress Show, Aug. 29-31, in Decatur, Ill.  The plots, located in the southwest quadrant, location 2141, are designed to show the benefits of early wheat varieties, which provide a longer growing season for soybeans.  Estimates indicate a one-bushel-per-acre-per-day advantage for earlier soybean planting.  The demonstration plots also will highlight economic and environmental benefits to a double-crop system.

Meet ILSoyAdvisor at the Farm Progress Show

Visit the ILSoyAdvisor booth, sign up for the e-newsletter and even follow @ILSoyAdvisor on Twitter to walk away with a new t-shirt.  Check out ILSoyAdvisor.com on the interactive touchscreen and learn why information might just be your most important crop input.  Interested in testing new practices and comparing how they perform against other fields?  Looking to break yield barriers and push pods to full potential?  Talk with Mike Scheer about finding your edge with the ILSoyAdvisor Yield Challenge.

UPS Seeks Sustainability with Commitment to Alternative Fuel

UPS released their latest sustainability report, with the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 12 percent by 2025.  To meet this, UPS is dedicated to purchasing 40 percent of all ground fuel from sources other than conventional gasoline and diesel, such as biodiesel blends.  UPS also notes that by 2020, one in four new vehicles purchased annually will be an alternative fuel and advanced technology model, up from 16 percent in 2016.  Read the full release from UPS here.

Share your Conservation Story and You Could be a Winner

Share how conservation is part of your farm, and you could be the next winner of a Conservation Legacy Award.  The program showcases farm management practices of U.S. soybean producers that are environmentally friendly and profitable.  All U.S. soybean farmers are eligible to enter, and are judged on soil management, water management, input management, conservation, environmental management and sustainability.  Three regional winners and one national winner are selected.  The awards are sponsored by ASA, BASF, Corn & Soybean Digest, Monsanto, United Soybean Board and Valent U.S.A.  Submit an application here by Sept. 8, 2017.

Consider Membership Program Options

To bring farmers the most value possible, Illinois Soybean Growers has two membership options: policy membership and informational membership.  Membership in ASA is included with both options.  Contact the ISG office at 888-826-4011 for more details and to join or renew. 

Become Involved: Participate in ISG’s Political Action Committee

Illinois soybean farmers are invited to participate in the Illinois Soybean Growers Political Action Committee (ISGPAC).  ISGPAC provides farmers with strong involvement in political races, and a direct pipeline to tell legislators about the issues that matter most to Illinois farmers:  transportation efficiency, expanding animal agriculture, worldwide market access support, biodiesel, trade, energy, taxes and ag research.  Farmers directly can support legislators who take a leadership role on soybean priorities and policies.  ISGPAC helps nurture those relationships and keeps key contacts in office where they work for the industry's best interests.  Visit ISGPAC.

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