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Soybean Weekly Update - July 21, 2017

July 21, 2017

Transportation Infrastructure has Vital Role in Moving Agriculture Forward

The Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors (CAGTC) recently released The Vital Role of U.S. Transportation Infrastructure in Moving Agriculture Forward, a white paper authored by Mike Levin, ISA director of issues management analysis.  Levin reviews the impact of deteriorating infrastructure on U.S. agricultural competitiveness in the global market and why our national freight infrastructure must improve to keep pace with economic demands.  To view and download the paper, click here.

Dicamba Technology Demands Multiple Levels of Stewardship

Everyone involved with production agriculture in Illinois has a critical role to play in the proper stewardship of new products, such as dicamba-based herbicides, including strict adherence to all label guidelines. Working with other groups, ISA has developed key learnings to help farmers make best use of new dicamba technologies:
Any farmer growing non dicamba-tolerant soybeans or other sensitive crops 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 the 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 the type of drift on the field. This bulletin provides details.
  • File a drift complaint with the Illinois Department of Agriculture. Here’s how: 
For additional insights, read Aaron Hager’s recent piece addressing The Dicamba Dilemma in Illinois: Facts and Speculations.
Finally, be sure to check the manufacturer sites for the latest information on proper use of the three options of new dicamba formulations—Monsanto's XtendiMax, DuPont's FeXapan and BASF's Engenia.

EPA Schedules Hearing on Renewable Fuel Standard Aug. 1

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold a public hearing in Washington, D.C. Aug. 1 to gain input related to the Renewable Fuel Standard.  The EPA has proposed amendments to regulations establishing annual volume standards for biodiesel and other renewable fuels for 2018 and 2019.  On July 5, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) issued a statement on the proposed rules, encouraging EPA to increase volume requirements for biofuels to support additional jobs and investments in rural economies and clean-energy-conscious communities.  A pre-publication version of the rules is here.

U.S. Pork Exports to Mexico Trend Higher

Through the first half of 2017, pork exports to Mexico, the leading volume market, have continued at a high pace.  Exports were up about 20 percent in volume and nearly one-third in value, according to U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) reports.  Mexico has strong demand for ham and other muscle cuts, as well as for U.S. pork variety meat. The ISA checkoff program supports pork promotion efforts in the key market for its top customers.  Pork production uses about 74 percent of the soybean meal fed in Illinois.

July Soybean Scouting Guide is Available

As the growing season unfolds, there are several yield-changers to look for in soybean fields.  July is the time to scout for diseases, insect infestation and environmental conditions.  Management starts with proper diagnoses. Check out the July Scouting Guide from CCA Soy Envoy Nick Marley.

Soy Checkoff Expands Pesticide Resistance Conversation

Take Action, an industry-wide partnership spearheaded by the national soybean checkoff, is a farmer-focused education platform designed to help farmers manage herbicide, fungicide and insecticide resistance.  A new website has been launched with tools for weed, disease and insect management and pesticide, herbicide and fungicide best practices.  Find out more at iwilltakeaction.com.

ISA Offers Soybean Disease Management Webinar

Stephanie Porter, Soy CCA Envoy from west central Illinois and sales agronomist with Burrus Hybrids, explains prevention, symptoms and treatment of soybean diseases in a new webinar available from the ISA soybean checkoff.  She also replies to listeners’ inquiries.  Watch the recorded webinar here.

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.

Tweet of the Week

As soybeans flower, it's good to review reproductive stages.  @eric_ifft has the info you need when walking fields. Check out the tweet here: http://bit.ly/ScoutingTweet.
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