Weekly Update

Soybean Weekly Update - July 28, 2017

July 26, 2017

Illinois Soybean Board Elects New Leadership at Annual Meeting

This week, the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) elected Lynn Rohrscheib, Fairmount, as its new chairwoman. Rohrscheib succeeds Daryl Cates, Columbia, who served as chairman for the past two years. Other Executive Committee members include Vice-Chairman Doug Schroeder, Mahomet; Treasurer Jered Hooker, Clinton; Secretary John Longley, Aledo, and Assistant Secretary-Treasurer Stan Born, Lovington. Joining the Executive Committee are Jenny Mennenga, LeRoy, as Production and Outreach Committee chairwoman and Austin Rincker, Moweaqua, as Marketing Committee chairman. Mennenga and Rincker also were re-elected to at-large director positions. Edward Murphy from Farmersville was newly elected to the board at this meeting. Several board members were re-elected to district director positions. Paul Rasmussen, Genoa, was re-elected to District 1; as well as Stan Born, Lovington, to District 5; Tom Kentner, Danville, to District 7; Carrie Winkelmann, Tallula, to District 9 and Roberta Simpson-Dolbeare, Nebo, to District 12. ISA has a total board of 18 district directors and six at-large directors throughout the state who work on behalf of Illinois soybean growers and the checkoff. Each board member serves on the Production and Outreach Committee or the Marketing Committee. To learn more about becoming a board member for ISA, visit www.ilsoy.org/leadership.   

Illinois Soybeans Reach New Markets
During the past five months, the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) checkoff program liaised between Ruff Brothers Grain and five soybean customers in Taiwan, Indonesia and Thailand. These newly forged relationships resulted in initial container exports of 551,000 bushels valued at about $6.2 million. All involved expect these relationships to continue and lead to future sales. Ruff Brothers originates soybeans from within 100 miles of its 15 Illinois elevators.

ILSoyAdvisor Field Days Were a Hit

More than 100 farmers and media attended the 2017 IlSoyAdvisor Field Days at Ron Moore’s farm and the Southern Illinois University (SIU) Belleville Research Center last week. Agronomic experts from Burrus Hybrids, AgriGold, Syngenta, Western Illinois University and SIU spoke about in-season management, pest management, producing high yields and the latest technology in the industry. Gary Schnitkey, Ph.D., with FarmDoc at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign also shared the habits of highly successful farmers. View the event photos on Facebook.

Webinar will Highlight Millennial Chicago Consumer Research

On Aug. 3, the ISA checkoff program will host a webinar to highlight key findings from millennial Chicago consumer research conducted this spring. Millennials, born between 1981 and 1997, make up one-third of Chicago’s population and have surpassed Baby Boomers as the nation’s largest living generation. ISA research delved deeper into how this highly influential consumer group makes food purchasing decisions and gauged their understanding of Illinois agriculture. Contact Sarah Duwe for more information.

Macoupin Watershed to Host Soil Health Field Day on Aug. 17

Supported by the ISA checkoff program, an Aug. 17 field day in Gillespie, Ill., will feature strip-tillage demonstrations, cover crop trials and best management practices for improved water and soil quality, especially related to phosphorus runoff. Speakers include Jim Hoorman, soil-health specialist with the National Resources Conservation Service and Jim Isermann, Illinois field manager with the Soil Health Partnership, among others. Macoupin County Pork Producers will provide free lunch and CEU credits are available in soil and water management. To register, contact Rhonda Koehne at the Macoupin County SWCD at 217-854-2626, or register online.

Sign Up For ILSoyAdvisor.com 4Rs Webinar Aug. 23

IlSoyAdvisor will host a webinar on soil fertility and soil testing Wednesday, Aug. 23, from 10 to 11 a.m.
Presented by Terry D. Wyciskalla, CPAg/CCA/4R Certified, this webinar will discuss the importance of soil sampling and analysis when planning for high yield soybeans. One CEU in soil and water management is available. Register online.

2017 – 2018 ASA DuPont Young Leader Program Applications Being Accepted

The American Soybean Association (ASA) Young Leader program engages new and aspiring leaders. The program starts on November 28 to 30 at the DuPont Pioneer Headquarters in Johnston, Iowa, with another phase held during Commodity Classic 2018 in Anaheim, Calif., February 25 to 28. Apply online by September 30, 2017.

NOx Additive Created for Biodiesel

The California Air Resource Board (CARB) recently certified a NOx mitigant for biodiesel. Branded VESTA™ 1000, the biodiesel additive will make B20 blends in California the cleanest proven and tested biodiesel fuel with the lowest emissions profile available anywhere in the United States. This additive will help biodiesel maintain its competitive advantage under California’s low carbon fuel standards. It paves the way for biodiesel to maintain access to the fast-growing California market. Learn more about VESTA™ 1000.

Double-Crop Demos Return to Farm Progress Show

ISA, along with Syngenta, Growmark and Limagrain Genetics, is sponsoring double-crop demonstration plots at the 2017 Farm Progress Show August 29 to 30 in Decatur. The plots, located at 2141 in the Southwest Quadrant, are designed to show the benefits of early wheat varieties, which provide a longer growing season for soybeans. Estimates indicate a 1-bushel-per-acre-per-day advantage for earlier soybean planting. The demonstration plots also will highlight economic and environmental benefits to a double-crop system.

More Potassium in Soil Doesn’t Necessarily Reduce Outbreak of SDS

Nutrient deficiencies are becoming more commonplace. Adequate levels and correct application timing of macronutrients and micronutrients supply the proper nutrition for optimal performance of today’s high-yielding soybean varieties. Make sure to consider all the research about soil fertility and nutrients. Read the latest on ILSoyAdvisor.com from CCA Soy Envoy Stephanie Porter.

Animal Agriculture Growth Supports Soybean Meal Demand

The Illinois animal agriculture industry has been growing over time, according to a soybean checkoff economic analysis from the United Soybean Board. The study shows output, earnings, jobs and income taxes paid from raising livestock and poultry increased between 11 and 11.5 percent over a 10-year period that includes the recent recession. Illinois livestock, poultry and companion animals eat more than 855,000 tons of soybean meal a year, requiring about 36 million bushels of soybeans.

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 Judy Smith at 309-808-3612 or 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 or contact Judy Smith at 309-808-3612.

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