Weekly Update

Soybean Weekly Update- August 19, 2016

August 19, 2016

USDA Forecasts Record Yields for Illinois

USDA forecast record average corn and soybean yields for Illinois and Iowa in its August report, which was based on field survey data.  USDA predicted Illinois soybean yields would average 57 bushels per acre, meaning the state would be on track to be top in the nation.  To view the full report, click here.

Illinois Farmers Elected to USSEC Board

Two Illinois farmers were recently named to the U.S. Soybean Export Council's (USSEC) board.  Newly appointed is Doug Winter from Mill Shoals, Ill., who is a United Soybean Board (USB) director.  Reelected from allied industry is Sharon Covert from Tiskilwa, Ill., representing ISA.  USSEC's board is comprised of directors assembled from two classes of USSEC membership.  The Founders Class of Board Members is appointed by USSEC’s founding members -- USB and the American Soybean Association (ASA).  The Domestic Industry Class of Board Members is elected by USSEC’s exporter and allied industry members.  Ron Moore from Roseville, Ill., was recognized as a retiring board member representing ASA.

ISA Highlights Soybeans at Illinois State Fair Ag Day

ISA raised the profile of Ag Day at the Illinois State Fair Aug. 16.  ISA director Lynn Rohrscheib and USB director Doug Winter, both Illinois farmers, faced off against leaders from the Illinois Corn Growers Association in the Illinois Department of Agriculture’s Chopped Challenge.  Just like on the TV show, Lynn and Doug created dishes with surprise ingredients from Illinois commodity associations.  Although corn won, event judges complemented ISA chefs for their use of soy nuts, the secret ingredient from ISA.  To reach consumers, ISA greeted fair visitors at the main gate with soy-based hand sanitizer to celebrate Ag Day.  Directors also shared ISA priorities and perspectives with media.

Illinois Participates in North Central Soybean Research Program Meeting

The North Central Soybean Research Program (NCRSP) met recently, hosted by the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council.  The meeting included a tour of the University of Missouri’s worm farm, sessions at Farm Journal Soybean College, reviews of research proposals and state-specific updates.   NCSRP is a farmer-led organization that invests checkoff dollars in research with regional implications.  Twelve state soybean groups are involved with NCSRP, including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.  For more information, click here.

Nominations Open for the 4R Advocate Program

The Fertilizer Institute is accepting nominations for its 4R Advocate program to recognize agricultural retailers and producers who have established nutrient stewardship practices in their operations.  Winners will be recognized for their efforts, and will travel to the 2017 Commodity Classic, March 2-4, 2017, in San Antonio, Texas.  Winners will be recognized during a banquet.  Click here for more information.

Attend one of the Upcoming Soil Health Field Days

The Soil Health Partnership is providing Illinois farmers several field days through September at locations around the state.  Upcoming dates include Aug. 19 in Assumption, Ill., and Sept. 1 in Rutland, Ill.  Featured topics include cover crop management and machinery set-up, conservation tillage methods, advanced nutrient management, a soil pit to observe crop root growth and soil properties, and an update on water quality.  More information, dates and registration details are here.

Register for Conservation Cropping Bus Tour

A conservation cropping bus tour will be held Aug. 31 to give participants the opportunity to visit three different sites and learn how cover crops can lead to healthier soils.  The free tour from 8 a.m.–1 p.m. will be held at the Illinois State University Research Farm in Lexington.  Four continuing education units (CEUs) are available.  To register, call the McLean County Soil and Water Conservation District at 309-452-0830 ext. 3 by Aug. 18.  Tour sponsors include Illinois Council on Best Management Practices, American Farmland Trust, Illinois Department of Agriculture, Illinois Natural Resources Conservation Service, Illinois State University Department of Agriculture, Illinois Stewardship Alliance, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and McLean County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Farmers Invited to Attend Illinois Wheat Forum

Illinois wheat producers and processors are invited to the Illinois Wheat Forum, Aug. 23, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.  Attendees will learn about soil health, market volatility, the Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy and crop insurance options, as well as get information about production challenges and research trials.  Registration is onsite and costs $15 for Illinois Wheat Association members or $30 for the general public.

Organizations Seek Conservation Legacy Award Nominees

Farmers who want to share their successful conservation management practices are eligible to apply for the Conservation Legacy Award.  Entries are judged on soil management, water management, input management, farmstead protection and conservation and environmental management.  Three regional winners and one national winner are selected.  Award winners receive an expense paid trip for two to Commodity Classic, March 2-4, 2017, in San Antonio, a feature about the farm and conservation practices in Corn & Soybean Digest and a special online video.  The Conservation Legacy Award is sponsored by the American Soybean Association, BASF, Corn & Soybean Digest, Monsanto, United Soybean Board/soybean checkoff and Valent.  More information is available here.  Applications are due Sept. 2, 2016.

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