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Soybean Weekly Update - November 18, 2016

November 18, 2016

Large Soybean Crop Tests Illinois Transportation System

According to USDA’s most recent crop production report, Illinois farmers have harvested 623 million bushels of soybeans to date.  Ken Eriksen, senior vice president, Informa Economics IEG, says as Illinois experiences this record-setting event, the United States will export 150 million to 180 million bushels of grain and soybeans per week during the next 10 weeks.  Illinois exports about 43 percent of the state’s soybean crop.  Click here to read the release on the transportation system’s ability to handle the crop.

ISA Past and Present Directors Elected to Various National Industry Boards

This past week, three Illinois soybean leaders were elected to represent soybean farmers on national boards.  ISA director Roberta Simpson-Dolbeare from Nebo, Ill., was elected secretary of the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA), an organization focused on engaging in dialogue with consumers who have questions about how today’s food is grown and raised.  Jeff Lynn, an at-large director from Oakford, Ill., was elected president of the National Biodiesel Foundation (NBF), which works closely with the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) to address such national issues as cleaner air, greater economic development for rural communities, and enhanced national security through energy independence.  Former ISA director Mike Cunningham from Bismarck, Ill., was elected vice chairman of NBB, representing the American Soybean Association (ASA).  Read the release from NBB here.  All of these groups work in partnership with the ISA checkoff program.  

Please Complete ASA Farm Bill Survey Soon

While the current farm bill does not expire until the end of the 2018 crop year, Congress could begin hearings as early as next spring.  In addition, House and Senate Ag Committees might attempt to pass a new farm bill in 2017.  To prepare for the possibilities, ASA asks all Illinois soybean farmers to take the survey found here.  The deadline for completing the survey is Nov. 25.  New ASA President Ron Moore from Illinois will appoint a Farm Bill Task Force in December during ASA’s board meeting. 

Reminder to Complete NASS Yield Surveys

Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) reminds farmers to complete their National Ag Statistics Service (NASS) surveys for 2016 crops, so the number of discrepancies with the county ARC program (ARC-CO) is reduced prior to Congressional debate on the next farm bill.  In accordance with ASA policy, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) was asked to use Risk Management Agency (RMA) rather than NASS yields in determining payments under ARC-CO.  USDA decided not to change their decision to use NASS yields when available, and to default to RMA yields only in cases when a county doesn’t have a published NASS yield.  This has resulted in discrepancies in payments between neighboring counties when different data sets are used.  More information is found here and here.  Farmers can visit agcounts.usda.gov and enter the 17-digit survey code on their questionnaires or complete the physical questionnaire and return by mail.

Bureau County Family Hosting Pig Barn Open House Nov. 29

Harry and Dee McCune of McCune Family Farms north of Sheffield, Ill., will hold an open house for their new pig barn Nov. 29, from 4:30 to 8 p.m.  Coordinated by the Illinois Livestock Development Group (ILDG), the open house is open to the public, includes a tour of their 2,400-head wean-to-finish pig barn, and free pork chop sandwiches. The farm is located at 6158 County Rd 2100 N, Sheffield, Ill., in western Bureau County.  Feeding pigs in each barn like this uses more than 340,000 pounds of soybean meal a year.  For more information or directions, contact Lindsey Henson or Laura Temple.

EPA Announces Registration of New Herbicide

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced the registration of Monsanto’s XtendiMax with Vapor Grip herbicide, which means farmers can use it in over-the-top applications on dicamba-resistant soybeans next year.  Weed specialists remind farmers that effective weed management involves many diverse practices to avoid weeds developing resistance to any one tool or practice, so this new herbicide option must be used wisely so that it lasts.  For more information, see here.

Tool Forecasts Fall N Application

The Illinois Corn Growers Association has developed a new tool for use with fall nitrogen applications.  Green Means Go is an online temperature-forecasting tool that uses Agrible’s propriety forecasting technology to give a green light to fall nitrogen application.  It is based on a 10-day expectation of soil temperature at the four-inch level at 10 a.m. being 50 degrees or lower and trending downward.  For more information about the tool, click here.

ILSoyAdvisor to Host Webinars in December and January

The ISA checkoff program's ILSoyAdvisor will host webinars in December and January.  The first will be held Dec. 14 from 10 to 11 a.m.  Emerson Nafziger, professor of crop sciences and Extension agronomist at the University of Illinois, will address “Lessons from the 2016 Soybean Season: Another Outstanding Crop.”  He’ll review how the crop fared and provide insights for 2017 planning. One continuing education unit (CEU) in crop management is available. Sign up here.  The January webinar is Jan. 25 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.  Fred Below, professor of crop sciences at the University of Illinois, will review “The Six Secrets of Soybean Success," a concept for producing high-yield soybeans which he evaluated in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.  Six Secrets demonstrates how farmers can put technologies together for increasing yields through intensive crop management.  Below will review his supplemental nitrogen in soybeans research as well.  One CEU in crop management is available. Sign up here.

Webinar to Highlight Watershed BMP and Water Quality Success

The Indian Creek Watershed Project (ICWP) is an innovative approach to voluntary adoption of on-farm conservation systems.  It serves as a prime example to emulate across other local watersheds, and was featured at the Sustainable Ag Summit, Nov. 15–16 in Atlanta, Ga.  More than 500 sustainability stakeholders learned about the project.  The ISA checkoff program will host a webinar Dec. 8 at 10 a.m. to provide an overview of the project, as well as discussion of social indicators that helped make the project a success.  An analysis of greater best management practices (BMP) adoption that resulted in improved water quality also will be summarized.  One CEU in nutrient management is available. Sign up here.

NRCS Public Meetings to Lay Out Conservation Opportunities

USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) recently announced changes for its Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), and will host three public meetings in December to explain:
  • Dec. 6, 10 a.m. – noon; DeKalb County Farm Bureau Auditorium, Sycamore
  • Dec. 7, 10 a.m. – noon; Asmark Institute Training Building Agri Center D, Bloomington
  • Dec. 12, 10 a.m. – noon; Army Corps Visitors Center at Rend Lake, Benton
  • More information about CSP can be found here.

Help Turn up the Volume with ISGPAC

Illinois soybean farmers are invited to turn up the volume with the ISG 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 online or contact Judy Smith at 309-808-3612 or smithj@ilsoy.org.

Consider New Membership Program Options

To bring farmers the most value possible, ISG now has two membership options: policy membership and regular membership.  Membership in ASA is included with both options.  Contact Judy Smith at smithj@ilsoy.org, 309-808-3612 or 888-826-4011 to join or renew.
  • ISG Policy Member: Activate your power to join us in educating people about the facts and importance of American agriculture.  Help us be the people that government officials stop and listen to in Springfield and Washington, D.C.  Be a driving force for change.  The more members we add, the louder our voice becomes.  Our policy membership keeps you informed, gets you involved and gives you added discounts and benefits.  A one-year membership is $150 and a three-year membership is $300.  Benefits from ISG and ASA include the following:
    • Automatic enrollment and Acton Alert emails from ISG’s Voice for Soy Action Network
    • Invitations to legislative networking events
    • Opportunity to participate in the ISG Political Action Committee
    • Expanded policy representation/advocates in Springfield and Washington, D.C.
    • Discounts on new Ford, Chrysler and GM vehicles, Cabela’s gift cards and on any new DTN/The Progressive Farmer product or service agreement
    • Discounts on Commodity Classic registration and DTN/The Progressive Farmer Ag Summit registration (December in Chicago)
    • Complimentary subscriptions to three top soybean magazines:  Illinois Field & Bean, American Soybean and The Progressive Farmer
    • Email updates from the Soybean Weekly Update and eBean News
  • ISG Regular Member: if you just want to stay informed about the agriculture industry, simply supply your name and email address and you receive the Soybean Weekly Update sent via email and the Illinois Field & Bean magazine (eight times per year).  

No Weekly Update Next Week

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no weekly update for Nov. 25.  The next issue will be dated Dec. 2, 2016.  Have a thankful holiday with friends and family.

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