Weekly Update

Soybean Weekly Update - January 13, 2017

January 12, 2017

Illinois Soybean Farmers Harvest Record Crop

Illinois has regained the title of top soybean-producing state, according to USDA data released this week.  The crop production annual summary from the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) ranked Illinois as producing nearly 593 million bushels of soybeans in 2016, up from 544 million bushels last year, with an average of 59 bushels per acre.  Illinois has been ranked in the top two soybean-producing state spots for the past five years.  The full NASS report is here.

ISA Announces 2016 Yield Challenge Winners

Several soybean farmers topped 90 bushels per acre in the ISA checkoff program’s 2016 Yield Challenge.  In its sixth year, the Yield Challenge offered farmers three ways to compete; 100-Bushel Challenge, Crop District Shootouts or Side-by-Side Sponsor Plots.  View the complete winner's list.

ASA Stresses Ag Trade Importance with Trump Administration

In a letter late last week to President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence, the American Soybean Association (ASA) and a coalition of 15 other farmer organizations called on the incoming administration to protect and enhance the positive impact of agricultural trade on jobs and growth in rural America.  The groups also noted the special importance of trading relationships with China, Canada and Mexico, U.S. farmers’ and ranchers’ first, second and third largest export markets.  ASA is committed to engaging with the incoming administration on the important nature of trade, as well as many other issues that impact soybean farmers.   Read more here.

ISA Sponsoring Illinois Pork Expo Seminars on Farm Opportunities

As a title sponsor of the 2017 Illinois Pork Expo, the ISA checkoff program will sponsor two educational seminars for farmers interested in farm diversification and expansion.  The back-to-back sessions will be held Feb. 1 at 9:30 a.m.  “Opportunities, Expectations & Experiences for Contract Growers” will feature a panel of pork integrators.  Then at 10:15 a.m., “Lending Requirements for Contract Production” will be covered by a panel of ag lenders.  These sessions support growth for the primary market for soybean meal in Illinois – pigs.  The 2017 Illinois Pork Expo is Jan. 31-Feb. 1 at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield.  Visit www.ilpork.com to register or get more details.

Attend Seminar Featuring National Record Yield Breaker

Randy Dowdy, U.S. record yield breaker for corn and soybeans, will lead a free seminar in Bloomington, Ill., Jan. 20, hosted by the ISA checkoff program and sponsored by the Illinois Corn Growers Association, FS InVISION and FS HiSOY.  The seminar is titled “Maximizing Yield while Optimizing ROI: Randy Dowdy Shows How.”  Dowdy is the 2016 national soybean yield record holder at 171.8 bushels per acre, and has also broken corn yield records.  The seminar will be held at the Parke Regency Hotel & Conference Center from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. with lunch.  To register, click here or call 888-826-4011. All attendees will be registered for the day-long seminar and lunch.  Space is limited.

Time to Register for Soybean Summits

The ILSoyAdvisor.com Soybean Summits, funded in part by the ISA checkoff program, will be held Feb. 3 in Effingham at the Thelma Keller Convention Center and Feb. 16 at the Peoria Civic Center, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.  These free events will update soybean farmers about the latest management techniques that can lead to higher soybean yields and greater profitability, while also protecting the environment through sustainable practices.  Full agendas for the Effingham Summit and the Peoria Summit are available.  Seating at each location is limited, so register online today at ilsoy.org/summit or call 888-826-4011. The registration deadline for Effingham is Jan. 20 and for Peoria is Feb. 2.

ISG Members Invited to Annual Meeting

All ISG members are invited to attend the ISG Policy Session, Feb. 10, at the ISA office in Bloomington, from 8 a.m.–11 a.m.  The purpose is to allow ISG members and the ISG Board of Directors to review current American Soybean Association (ASA) resolutions for changes and amendments that will be presented at Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Texas, in March.  The resolutions are available for viewing at www.ilsoygrowers.com by clicking on "Download 2016 ASA Resolutions" at the top of the home page.  You also may contact Judy Smith at 309-808-3612 and she will email you the file.  Also pursuant to Article 3, Section 3, of the ISG Bylaws, notice is hereby given that the annual meeting will be held Feb. 10 from 11 a.m.–12 p.m. at the ISA office.  The purpose is to provide reports on association activities, approve the acts and deeds of the directors and staff, and to transact such other business as may properly come before the meeting.  ISG members are invited to lunch from 12 p.m.–1 p.m.  RSVP to Dustin Scott at 309-808-3603 by Feb. 1 if you plan to attend. 

Biodiesel Questions?  Call the Helpline

Biodiesel users with questions that can’t be answered by fuel distributors can call the biodiesel hotline: 800-929-3437.  To facilitate answers, callers should have their fuel supplier’s contact information ready.  All calls are routed through MEG Corp, the Midwest regional center.  For more, click here.

2017 See for Yourself Application Period Open

The 2017 See for Yourself application period is open through April 1.  The United Soybean Board is looking for applicants for this year's program.  Ideal candidates must be at least 18 years of age and relatively unfamiliar with the state and national soy checkoff programs, but eager to learn more.   Interested farmers can apply here.  Contact Jillian Baker with any questions at 314-746-1902.

Learn More about Weed Resistance with #askACES Twitter Chat

Join the University of Illinois College of ACES on Twitter, Jan. 19, from noon to 1:00 p.m., as molecular weed scientist Pat Tranel and Extension weed scientist Aaron Hager from the Department of Crop Sciences discuss the latest on herbicide-resistant weeds and the challenges they pose to production agriculture.  Use #askACES to ask your questions about what causes resistance, how to manage resistance, what has to happen to overcome the challenge of herbicide-resistant weeds and more.

Conservation Funding Deadlines Approaching

USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is currently accepting applications to help producers pay for implementing conservation practices on working lands.  Funding is available through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).  The deadline for EQIP is Jan. 20, and the deadline for CSP is Feb. 3.  Contact your local NRCS Service Center to learn more and to apply.  For more information, visit the NRSC website.

NREC Nutrient Workshop Coming to IFCA Annual Convention

The IFCA annual convention and trade show will be held Jan. 17–19 at the Peoria Civic Center.   Convention highlights include training for certified crop advisers (CCAs), a regulatory workshop, weed management tips and lessons learned and more.  The Nutrient Research & Education Council (NREC) will host a workshop Jan. 17 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.  The $35 registration fee includes lunch.  Join other farmers and retailers to hear the latest updates on farmer-funded nutrient research and how Illinois farmers are moving the needle on water quality. CCA credits are available.  More details and registration information is found at www.illinoisnrec.org and here.

ILSoyAdvisor to Host Webinars This Month

The ISA checkoff program's ILSoyAdvisor will host a webinar, Jan. 24, from 10 a.m.-11 a.m.  Join Chris Kamienski, Monsanto technology development representative, and Lance Tarochione, Monsanto technical agronomist, to discuss the Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System for soybeans.  The webinar will review seed and herbicide product use and stewardship and weed control options in soybeans.  One continuing education unit (CEU) in pest management is available. Sign up here.  Another webinar will be held Jan. 25, from 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Fred Below, professor of crop sciences at the University of Illinois, will review “The Six Secrets of Soybean Success," a concept for producing high-yield soybeans he evaluated from 2012 to 2016.  Six Secrets demonstrates how farmers can put technologies together for increasing yields through intensive crop management.  Below will review his supplemental nitrogen in soybeans research as well.  One CEU in crop management is available.  Sign up here.

Crop Sciences Scholarship Applications Due Feb. 1

Students entering their junior year of college in Illinois next fall and studying crop sciences or a related major are encouraged to apply for the ISA checkoff program crop sciences scholarship. The scholarship is offered each year in coordination with the Illinois Agricultural Association (IAA) Foundation, and is open to students studying at one of the state's four agriculture universities: Illinois State University, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, University of Illinois and Western Illinois University.  For more information, visit www.iaafoundation.org/Scholarships or contact Angel Terrell at 309-808-3600.

Help Turn up the Volume with ISGPAC

Illinois soybean farmers are invited to turn up the volume with the ISG 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 or contact Judy Smith at 309-808-3612.

Consider New 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 to join or renew.  Policy membership keeps farmers informed and involved with added discounts and benefits.  A one-year membership is $150 and a three-year membership is $300.  ISG informational members simply supply name and email address to receive the Soybean Weekly Update sent via email and the Illinois Field & Bean magazine.  

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