Weekly Update

Soybean Weekly Update - June 3, 2016

June 03, 2016

Three State Soybean Farmers Join Mission to Cuba

Three Illinois soybean farmers visited Cuba last week as part of a U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba (USACC) delegation. The group included Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) Secretary Doug Schroeder of Mahomet, District 17 Director David Droste of Nashville and American Soybean Association (ASA) Vice President Ron Moore of Roseville, Ill.  Schroeder and Droste are ISG’s representatives to USACC and the Illinois Cuba Working Group. The trio toured a Cuba co-op farm hosted by Juan Jose Leon, spokesman for Cuba's Ministry of Agriculture; met with business leaders, government officials and farmers.

Last Week to File ASA Director Candidate Applications

Applications are still available for those interested in becoming one of up to four candidates for ASA director. With the restructure of ASA and if the ISG board approves the project budget this month, ISG will have five ASA representatives instead of three. Bill Wykes' term is complete next year, so his position is not open. Ron Moore is completing his first term as a director and is eligible to run for a second term.  Due to the tenure provision specified in the ASA by-laws, Mike Cunningham is not eligible for reelection.  Interested parties can request an application form and return to Angel Terrell by June 10, 2016. You must be an ASA member, produce soybeans as a farm owner, manager or operator, not be an officer or director of any other national soybean policy organization and be elected by the ISG board. All eligible candidates will be invited to the ISG July 28 board meeting to speak. No write-in provision exists.

ISA Sponsors World Pork Expo Industry Tour

The ISA checkoff program will support a two-day industry tour highlighting the efficiencies of U.S. soybean, corn and hog production for World Pork Expo international attendees, June 6-7. Planned stops include the Pig Adventure at Fair Oaks Farms in Indiana, a feed mill, a wean-to-finish hog barn, Mississippi River barge tour, John Deere Harvester Works tour and Kinze Innovation Center visit. ISA will highlight its animal agriculture and transportation infrastructure efforts.

Illinois Farmer to Participate in See for Yourself Program

Ten U.S. soybean farmers, including Luke Crawford from Arenzville, Ill., have been selected to take part in the United Soybean Board’s (USB) See for Yourself program this summer. The educational program, which will occur Aug. 4-12, includes stops in St. Louis, Panama and Costa Rica. Farmers will get the opportunity to see how the checkoff increases demand for their soybeans through a firsthand look at how and where soybeans are used both domestically and internationally. The program also offers an opportunity to evaluate specific checkoff-funded research and promotional activities. Farmers will tour the Panama Canal, where work continues to expand the waterway used to ship almost half of all U.S. soy exports. In Costa Rica, participants will learn about one of the U.S.' biggest soybean oil customers.

Tazewell County Infrastructure Prioritization Report Available

An infrastructure prioritization report for Tazewell County that analyzes benefit-cost ratios for 10 county road and bridge projects is now available. The ISA checkoff program worked with Hanson Engineering and Tazewell County Engineer Craig Fink to produce the study and to help county leaders prioritize limited infrastructure funds. Similar studies have been conducted for Peoria and McLean counties, and work is currently underway to develop an online prioritization tool for others to use the methodology. View all of the ISA checkoff program-supported county-level studies here.

Soybean Farmers Invited to Attend Biodiesel Workshop

Soybean farmers are invited to attend an upcoming biodiesel workshop, June 9, at Premiere Cooperative in Tolono, Ill. The workshop will cover characteristics of biodiesel fuel, technological advances, fuel specifications and tips for biodiesel blend use. This ISA checkoff program helps educate fuel distributors and users about the latest advances in biodiesel to promote its increased use. Anyone wishing to attend the free workshop is encouraged to RSVP. More information is available online.

Illinois Universities Announce 2016 Field Day Events

University of Illinois Crop Sciences and Extension, Western Illinois University and Southern Illinois University Carbondale have organized seven field days for 2016, starting in June and going through mid-August. The focus will be on crops and pests.  Speakers include Mark Bernards, Aaron Hager, Ron Krausz, Angie Peltier, Mike Vose, Marc Lamczyk and Bob Dunker. For more information, click here.

Register for The Fertilizer Institute’s Annual 4R Summit

The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) will host its annual 4R (right source, right rate, right time, right place) Summit June 14-15 in Indianapolis. Farmers, retailers, government partners, researchers and anyone else interested in learning more about nutrient management and stewardship are invited to attend.  Breakout sessions range from 4R research to state management effort updates. More information is available here, including the agenda, hotel information and the registration page.

Soil Health Partnership Schedules Field Days

The Soil Health Partnership has organized several field days for this summer. Topics include cultivating healthy soil, cover crops, water quality and nutrient management.  Attendees may connect with retailers and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) staff. The events are free, and lunch is provided.  See when field days will be held and get more details here.

Plant Management Network Webinar Now Available

Bill Johnson, Purdue University weed science professor, recently led a webinar titled, “Herbicide Resistance in Giant Ragweed,” which is part of the Focus on Soybean series. Controlling giant ragweed is essential to preventing significant yield loss. The webinar is available through July 31 here.

Sign Up Now for 2016 Yield Challenge

If you are you interested in participating in the 2016 Yield Challenge, it is time to sign up. Registration is $25 per entry, and farmers are welcome to enter as many plots as they like.  Complete a general interest form by July 15, 2016, just so ISA knows you have entries. Then complete the official registration form found here, due to ISA no later than Sept. 1. Yield totals and other production data are easy to collect and must be verified by an approved third party and submitted via the harvest forms by Nov. 15, 2016.

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