Weekly Update

Soybean Weekly Update - March 2, 2018

March 02, 2018

ISA Tackles Key Issues and Soybean Improvement at Commodity Classic

ISA leaders this week discussed key topics and learned more about soybean production at Commodity Classic 2018 in Anaheim, Calif. Discussions focused on improving soybean production, priorities for the next farm bill, trade relationships and infrastructure. The ISA checkoff program sponsored University of Illinois Professor Fred Below’s Learning Center Session “Six Secrets to Producing High Yielding Soybeans.” And, Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) farmer leaders participated in national policy meetings. Ask area ISA directors for additional information or contact Rachel Peabody.

ISA Heads to Indy to Promote Biodiesel

ISA will bring attention to biodiesel at the annual M-PACT show in Indianapolis, March 13-15. The event brings together nearly 5,000 leaders in the energy and convenience industry from Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and beyond. Attendees include fuel marketers, fuel retailers and convenience store owners and operators – all key influencers on biodiesel use. The ISA checkoff program will be represented at the show by ISA staff members, contractors and farmers. With a platinum sponsorship and interactive exhibit space, the checkoff program will promote the economic benefits of biodiesel and educate attendees on the importance of proper fuel storage to take full advantage of those benefits.

Illinois Farm Families Partners with Illinois Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Illinois Farm Families (IFF) kicks off a year-long partnership with the Illinois Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (IAND) at their Spring Assembly, March 22-23. The Spring Assembly draws 300-350 dietitians, an influential group of professionals who shape consumer food choices. IFF’s goal is to position itself as a resource by partnering with a statewide organization and finding opportunities to connect with and educate members throughout the year. IFF will have multiple opportunities to engage throughout the convention, including a lunch presentation with an Illinois farmer and veterinarian, a meet-and-greet reception with Illinois farmers, and a table in the exhibit hall. Following the Spring Assembly, IFF will be featured in IAND’s publications and create a webinar for their members.

ISA and Other Farm Groups Partner for Manure Application Refresher Course

Before planting, Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA), University of Illinois Extension and Illinois Farm Bureau are offering brief refresher courses on manure application. These sessions will be held throughout Illinois and feature several experts, including Ted Funk, environmental engineer working with IPPA with support from the ISA checkoff program. Learn more about dates and additional details.

ISA Sponsors Monthly Transportation Podcasts

The ISA checkoff program will begin a monthly transportation podcast where listeners can hear from one of the industry’s best, Don Wenneker, as he analyzes key topics. With more than 50 years of experience serving the agriculture industry, Don brings a wealth of knowledge to ISA. Retired from Tate & Lyle, Don’s expertise within grain merchandising and transportation on both domestic and international platforms allows him to bring a fresh and innovative perspective. Tune in here every month, and listen on the following dates: March 23, April 20, May 28, June 15, July 20 and August 24. ISA thanks Geo Grain for providing basis maps for evaluation and Wenneker for his thought leadership.

Women Farmland Owners Invited to Learning Events

American Farmland Trust will sponsor two learning circle events for Illinois women farmland owners. Topics include soil health, watershed care and conservation practices. Full details and registration is available here. Events will be held March 7 in Saunemin and March 8 in Springfield.

Deadline for EQIP Funds in Macoupin Watershed is March 16

Farmers in the Macoupin Watershed may apply for Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funds for technical and financial assistance to improve on-farm soil and water quality by implementing improvements such as drainage water management, bioreactors, saturated buffers, cover crops, nutrient management techniques and no-till systems. This is made possible by a partnership between NRCS and the American Farmland Trust. Eligible farmers should apply before March 16. Contact the NRCS Carlinville field office at 217-854-2626, extension 3.

Dicamba Applicator Training Still Available

Based on an October ruling by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), all private and commercial applicators of dicamba must be trained on proper application. Several training sessions are still available. Each class will last approximately 90 minutes and participants will receive a certificate for recordkeeping purposes. Illinois has conducted more than 80 classes and trained more than 7,000 applicators to apply dicamba to soybeans in 2018. Sign up to attend a session near you.

Help Lead Soybean Industry with the ISA Board

ISA will have three district director positions open when the current fiscal year ends Aug. 31, 2018. The process for elections officially begins next month. Districts with openings are District 10, representing Christian, Dewitt, Macon, Moultrie and Shelby counties; District 16, representing Clay, Edwards, Lawrence, Richland, Wabash, Wayne and White counties; and District 17, representing Jackson, Jefferson, Perry, Randolph and Washington counties. For more information, contact Angel Terrell.

March Webinars Offer Valuable Soybean Management Tips

ILSoyAdvisor is offering a series of virtual learning experiences. Next up is Soil Health, Soil Respiration and Nutrient Cycling, which will take place Mar. 7 at 10 a.m. Will Brinton of Wood End Laboratories will explain the importance of various soil tests and how they relate to overall soil health and productivity. One CEU in soil and water management is available. Register here. The Role Cover Crops Play in Soil Health session is slated for Mar. 21 at 10 a.m. Learn about the benefits of cover crops from Scott Wohltman of La Crosse Seeds. Wohltman also will discuss how growers can integrate cover crops into their operation. One CEU in soil and water management is available. Register here.

Consider the Membership Options for Illinois Soybean Growers

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. 

Join ISG’s Political Action Committee Today

Illinois soybean farmers are invited to join 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 issues that matter most to them. ISGPAC helps nurture those relationships and keeps key contacts in office where they work for the industry's best interests.  Visit ISGPAC.

ILSoyAdvisor Tweet of the Week

"The best product out there planted in the wrong agronomic conditions could be a complete failure. Know your field before selecting your seed." @AgriGold's Todd Steinacher. Check out the tweet here. Follow @ILSoyAdvisor for daily updates.