Weekly Update

Soybean Weekly Update - March 3, 2017

March 03, 2017

Illinois Soybean Farmers Attend Commodity Classic

Commodity Classic 2017 is underway in San Antonio, Texas.  ISA board members and other soybean farmers are learning the latest in the industry while sharing with others how Illinois is a leader in biodiesel, smart farm management, domestic and international marketing and infrastructure. The trade show opened yesterday and closes tomorrow.  If you’re at the show, stop by and visit ISA at booth 112.

ISA Checkoff Program Helps Expand Biodiesel Use

The ISA checkoff program helped develop and continues to help grow the biodiesel industry.  In fact, biodiesel is one of the checkoff program’s greatest successes.  One example is the B20 Club, which is a partnership between ISA and the American Lung Association in Illinois.  The B20 Club recognizes Illinois-based fleets that run on higher biodiesel blends like B20.  ISA educates diesel users about the benefits of biodiesel, including these 2017 initiatives: training for diesel technicians and fuel distributors, workshops to help farmers understand proper fuel handling and storage, and outreach to fuel marketers and equipment manufacturers.  All of these efforts enhance demand and increase Illinois soybean use.  Learn more about ISA biodiesel initiatives here.

ILSoyAdvisor Webinars Slated for March 8 and 22

ILSoyAdvisor will host two upcoming webinars funded by the ISA checkoff program.  On March 8 from 10-11 a.m., Mark Apelt, regional product specialist at Beck’s Hybrids, and Mike Hannewald, precision farming field advisor at Beck’s Hybrids, will explore how to select appropriate planting populations and varieties for different zones across a field.  One continuing education unit (CEU) in crop management is available. Sign up here.  On March 22 from 10-11 a.m., Warren Dick from The Ohio State University will discuss gypsum, its benefits to soil, sources of gypsum, how it can be applied and how often, and how it helps trap phosphate in the field.  One CEU in soil and water management is available. Sign up here.

April Webinar Will Evaluate Critical Management Strategies to Increase Yields

AJ Woodyard, technical crop production specialist at BASF, will discuss management strategies for the 2017 soybean season during an ILSoyAdvisor webinar, April 4 from 10-11 a.m.  The presentation is based on research collected at the BASF Midwest Research Farm.  Woodyard will cover planting date, soybean population, maturity group, seed treatment, foliar fungicides and soybean fertility needs.  One CEU in crop management is available. Sign up here.

Farmers May Attend “Making Cover Crops Work” Conference

The Midwest Cover Crops Council is hosting a “Making Cover Crops Work” conference, March 15 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  The conference features presentations about field experiences with cover crops used in field crops, vegetable crops and forage/grazing systems.  Learn more and register here

Nominate Exceptional Growers for Recognition by Field to Market

Know an exceptional grower, who uses the Fieldprint Calculator and is worthy of recognition by the Field to Market organization?  The Farmer Spotlight program recognizes farmers committed to a journey of continuous improvement and sustainable outcomes for agriculture.  Nominate here by March 26. 

Illinois NREC and SIUC Host Nutrient Management Forum

The Illinois Nutrient Research & Education Council and Southern Illinois University Carbondale will host a nutrient management forum March 15 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  Farmers may listen and talk with Randy Dunn, SIU president; Brad Colwell, interim chancellor; Mickey Latour, dean of the College of Ag Science; Illinois NREC staff and others as they discuss nutrient management concerns and project updates from SIUC and University of Illinois researchers.  The $15 fee includes lunch.  Register here.

Last Chance to Express Interest in ISB At-Large Director Positions

The Illinois Soybean Board (ISB) is making notice that applications are available for farmers interested in becoming candidates for at-large director positions.  Two of the six at-large terms expire July 31, 2017.  Interested farmers must notify ISB of their desire to become a candidate by sending a letter of interest via certified mail with return receipt requested to ISA at 1605 Commerce Parkway, Bloomington, IL 61704.  The letter must be deposited in the U.S. mail with postage fully prepaid and postmarked no later than March 8.  Letters of interest may also be sent via email to terrella@ilsoy.org.  Same deadlines apply.  An application form will be mailed to all interested individuals upon receipt of a letter of interest. Completed applications must be returned to the same address above, and be postmarked no later than March 15.  Applications may also be sent via email to terrella@ilsoy.org.  Same deadlines apply.  Individuals will be nominated by a majority of the ISB sitting in a quorum at a board meeting held after the March application deadline.  Two of the nominated individuals will be elected by a majority of soybean farmers in attendance at the ISB meeting, July 27, in Champaign, Ill.  No write-in provision exists.  To be eligible to become a candidate, each person must be an affected soybean farmer residing in Illinois and of legal voting age.

Consider 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 for more details and to join or renew.  

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