Weekly Update

Soybean Weekly Update- September 2, 2016

September 01, 2016

Chinese Buyers Commit to Purchase Nearly $1.8 Billion of U.S. Soy

As U.S. farmers prepare to harvest their 2016 soybean crops, customers in China are committing to purchase them.  Buyers from China have committed to buy nearly $1.8 billion worth of U.S. soy, totaling 146 million bushels of U.S. soybeans.  Several of these commitments were made official at a signing ceremony held at the Global Trade Exchange in Indianapolis, hosted by the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC).  More than a dozen Chinese representatives were in attendance this week at the Global Trade Exchange to network with U.S. farmers and learn more about the sustainability of U.S. soybeans.  In addition to signing commitments for U.S. soy, they networked with buyers from other countries, learned from industry experts and got a firsthand glimpse of U.S. farmers’ sustainable practices.

Hog Barn Open House Scheduled for Sept. 8

The Illinois Livestock Development Group (ILDG) is coordinating an open house for Caleb and Tarcie Corzine near Assumption, Ill., on Sept. 8 from 4:30 to 8 p.m.  All are welcome to tour the 2,400-head wean-to-finish hog barn and enjoy a free pork chop sandwich.  The farm is at 2215 N. 800 E. Road in Assumption.  Caleb, a fourth-generation farmer, is an example of how contract pork production helps keep young farmers on family farms.  Attending these open houses supports expansion of our top customer, animal agriculture. For more details, contact Lindsey Henson or Laura Temple.

B20 Club Member Receives National School Transportation Award

Cook-Illinois Corporation, one of the members of the ISA checkoff program-supported B20 Club, is this year’s winner of the “Go Yellow, Go Green” award given by the National School Transportation Association (NSTA).  The award recognizes leaders in the school bus industry who have demonstrated their dedication to reducing environmental impacts.  Cook-Illinois Corporation uses 38,204 gallons of B20 each year, and the annual reduction in CO2 emissions is the equivalent to 1,507 trees being planted.

CTIC Schedules Water Quality Workshop

Certified Crop Advisers (CCAs) and agriculture consultants are invited to attend the Edge of Field Systems for Improved Productivity and Water Quality workshop presented by the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC).  The free workshop will feature three speakers that will give presentations from their perspectives about edge-of-field practices.  The workshop will take place Sept. 13-14 at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, Ill.  Register here.

ILSoyAdvisor.com Offers Soil Sampling Webinar

Andy Wycislo, Midwest region agronomist for Waypoint Analytical, led a webinar earlier this week about soil sampling.  The webinar was supported by the ISA checkoff program.  He explains the reasons farmers should sample their soil and best practices for taking samples.  View the webinar here

Attend one of these September Soil Health Field Days

The Soil Health Partnership is providing Illinois farmers several field days this month at locations around the state.  Upcoming dates include Sept. 7 in Kirkland, Ill.; Sept. 8 in Trivoli, Ill.; and Sept. 9 in Hoopeston, Ill.  Featured topics include cover crop management and machinery set-up, conservation tillage methods, advanced nutrient management, a soil pit to observe crop root growth and soil properties, and an update on water quality.  More information and details are here.

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