Weekly Update

Soybean Weekly Update - February 17, 2017

February 16, 2017

Illinois Soybean Board to Meet in San Antonio

The Illinois Soybean Board (ISB) will hold a meeting prior to Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Feb. 27.  Grower-leaders will discuss strategic direction for the organization and current programs affecting Illinois soybean farmers.  If you plan to attend Commodity Classic, stop by booth 112 in the trade show to learn more about Illinois Soybean Association checkoff and membership programs.

ISB Solicits Soybean Farmers for At-Large Director Positions

The Illinois Soybean Board (ISB) is making notice that applications are available for farmers interested in becoming candidates for at-large director positions.  Two of the six at-large terms expire July 31, 2017.  Interested farmers must notify ISB of their desire to become a candidate by sending a letter of interest via certified mail with return receipt requested to ISA at 1605 Commerce Parkway, Bloomington, IL 61704.  The letter must be deposited in the U.S. mail with postage fully prepaid and postmarked no later than March 8.  Letters of interest may also be sent via email to terrella@ilsoy.org.  Same deadlines apply.  An application form will be mailed to all interested individuals upon receipt of a letter of interest. Completed applications must be returned to the same address above, and be postmarked no later than March 15.  Applications may also be sent via email to terrella@ilsoy.org.  Same deadlines apply.  Individuals will be nominated by a majority of the ISB sitting in a quorum at a board meeting held after the March application deadline.  Two of the nominated individuals will be elected by a majority of soybean farmers in attendance at the ISB meeting, July 27, in Champaign, Ill.  No write-in provision exists.  To be eligible to become a candidate, each person must be an affected soybean farmer residing in Illinois and of legal voting age.

G&D Integrated Sees Biodiesel Benefits Firsthand

In a new video, Vince Buonassi, group manager of transportation programs at G&D Integrated, explains the benefits of using biodiesel in their fleet.  The trucking company, a B20 Club member, has used B20 since 2012.  Prospective customers seek out G&D Integrated because of biodiesel's sustainability benefits.  B20 use in G&D fleet vehicles is equivalent to planting 73,000 trees.  View the full video here.

New "Take Action" Resources Available to Farmers

The United Soybean Board (USB) has created a chart as a resource for farmers to find the latest in crop protection product approvals and confirm what they can use on their fields this year.  USB also recently updated reducing spray drift, tips for early season weed control and preventing herbicide resistance.  

U.S. Soy-Based Products Come Full Circle

Soy-based products are returning to the farm.  New products such as Bridgestone tires, RAPTOR tractor belts and John Deere tractors all have components made with U.S. soybeans.  The United Soybean Board’s (USB) commitment to maximizing farmer profitability shows by bringing such soy-based products to market.  In 2016, a number of products were commercialized based on USB-funded research, including products for on-farm use to household items, like adhesives for kitchen cabinetry, soaps and shampoos.  USB’s 2017 Soy Products Guide features hundreds of products available.

ILSoyAdvisor February Webinar Features Pest Management

Soybean cyst nematode (SCN) and sudden death syndrome (SDS) management will be covered in the ILSoyAdvisor webinar Feb. 22 from 10-11 a.m.  Jason Bond, plant pathologist at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and Nick Tinsley, SeedGrowth technical representative at Bayer CropScience, will review the environment these pests require, symptoms and impact on yield, conventional management practices and the beneficial impact of today’s new seed and seed treatments.  One continuing education unit (CEU) in integrated pest management is available. Sign up here.

Illinois NREC and SIUC Host Nutrient Management Forum

The Illinois Nutrient Research & Education Council and Southern Illinois University Carbondale will host a nutrient management forum March 15 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  Farmers may listen and talk with Randy Dunn, SIU president; Brad Colwell, interim chancellor; Mickey Latour, dean of the College of Ag Science; Illinois NREC staff and others as they discuss nutrient management concerns and project updates from SIUC and University of Illinois researchers.  The $15 fee includes lunch.  Register here.

Nominate Farmers for Field to Market Recognition

The Farmer Spotlight program recognizes farmers who are committed to a journey of continuous improvement and are helping deliver sustainable outcomes for agriculture.  Know a farmer who is an exceptional grower, uses the Fieldprint Calculator and is worthy of recognition by the Field to Market organization?  Nominate them for the program here.  Entries are due Feb. 28.  

Two ILSoyAdvisor Webinars Coming in March

ILSoyAdvisor will host two webinars in March, funded by the ISA checkoff program.  On March 8 from 10-11 a.m., Mark Apelt, regional product specialist at Beck’s Hybrids, and Mike Hannewald, precision farming field advisor at Beck’s Hybrids, will explore how to select appropriate planting populations and varieties for different zones across a field.  One CEU in crop management is available. Sign up here.  On March 22 from 10-11 a.m., Warren Dick from The Ohio State University will discuss what gypsum is, its benefits to soil, sources of gypsum, how it can be applied and how often, and how it helps traps phosphate in the field.  One CEU in soil and water management is available. Sign up here.

Consider Membership Program Options

To bring farmers the most value possible, ISG now has two membership options: policy membership and informational membership.  Membership in ASA is included with both options.  Contact Judy Smith at 309-808-3612 or 888-826-4011 for more details and to join or renew.  

Tweet of the Week

Join Mark Apelt and Mike Hannewald as they explore how to select appropriate planting pop. and varieties on March 8.  http://ilsoy.co/2kpeut0