Weekly Update

Soybean Weekly Update - February 3, 2017

February 02, 2017

Still Time to Register for Peoria Soybean Summit

The ILSoyAdvisor.com Soybean Summit, funded in part by the ISA checkoff program, will be held Feb. 16 at the Peoria Civic Center, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.  The free event will update farmers about the latest management techniques that can lead to higher soybean yields and greater profitability, while also protecting the environment through sustainable practices.  Read theagenda and register online.

WISHH Appoints New Committee Member from Illinois

Tom Kentner, a soybean farmer from Danville, Ill., and ISA District 7 director has been confirmed to serve on the World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) committee for 2017.  American Soybean Association (ASA) President Ron Moore from Roseville, Ill., approved the appointment of Kentner to one of the at-large seats.  Kentner joins fellow Illinois soybean farmers Stan Born, Daryl Cates, Roberta Simpson-Dolbeare and Bill Wykes on the WISHH Committee.

ISB Seeks Soybean Farmers Interested in USB Nomination

The Illinois Soybean Board (ISB) is looking for farmers interested in filling one of Illinois' four director positions with the United Soybean Board (USB).  Gary Berg, soybean farmer from St. Elmo, Ill., is eligible for another term.  Any soybean farmer who is affected by the soybean checkoff is eligible to serve.  To be considered for the national leadership position, farmers must complete the required application and "Agreement to Serve" statement and return them to the ISA office by Feb. 20. ISB will submit to USDA a "first preferred choice nominee" and "first choice alternate nominee” for the open position.  The Secretary of Agriculture will make final appointments, and the chosen individual will begin serving a three-year term in December 2017.  Each individual appointed is eligible to serve a total of three terms.  Download the application and "Agreement to Serve" here or call 309-663-7692.

Public Poll Reveals Wide Support for Biodiesel, Need for Education

Of 1,000 people surveyed by market research firm Moore Information in 2016, 75 percent are aware of biodiesel.  Of those, more than half have a positive opinion about biodiesel.  Only five percent have a negative opinion. That leaves 44 percent who have no opinion or don’t know, leaving the door open for education about biodiesel's benefits.  Respondents ranked health and environment highest among biodiesel benefits, while reduced dependency on foreign oil is less important than a few years ago. 

Farmers Value ISA-Sponsored Seminar at Illinois Pork Expo

More than 50 Illinois Pork Expo visitors attended sessions about contract hog farming opportunities and financing options sponsored by the ISA checkoff program this week.  A panel of contract integrators described how they work with farmers to raise hogs, and a panel of ag lenders shared ideas to finance building new barns.  ISA also participated in the trade show and other events at the Springfield meeting to support the local pork industry, which is the primary market for soybean meal fed in Illinois.

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.   

Participate in Cover Crop Economics Survey

Cover crops improve soil health and clean water, but do you ever wonder what they do for the bottom line?  While many scientific studies have been done to quantify environmental benefits of cover crops, the same research does not exist regarding the economic benefits.  With funding from USDA's Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, Practical Farmers of Iowa and Iowa State University are trying to fill the gap.  If you have used cover crops please take the online survey to quantify the economic return of your cover crops investment by Feb. 15.

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.

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.  

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