Weekly Update

Soybean Weekly Update - September 8, 2017

September 07, 2017

Biodiesel Draws Crowds at Farm Progress Show

Biodiesel was a crowd-pleaser at the ISA tent at Farm Progress Show, Aug. 29-31 in Decatur, Ill.  Oklahoma soybean farmer and land speed record-holder Brent Hajek met with attendees and posed for photos with his B20-fueled Ford F-250.  Hajek broke the land-speed record for production-grade trucks when he reached 182 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats in 2011.  He has since travelled the country, promoting biodiesel and soybean production.  Hajek did radio interviews and talked about the benefits of B20 biodiesel.  Farmers also learned about fuel storage maintenance and talked with experts about the importance of keeping tanks clean.  ISA sponsored biodiesel for tractors and combines used during Farm Progress Show field demonstrations.  All equipment had stickers showing they were fueled with B20.

Vermilion County Families to Host Pig Barn Open House Sept. 11

The Shepherd and Rademacher families, in cooperation with Parks Companies, will host an open house for a new pig farm near Fithian, Ill., in Vermilion County.  The event will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 11, and include a free pork chop and drink.  The farm features two wean-to-finish barns able to hold 8,200 head using today’s technology for animal care and environmental stewardship.  The farm is at 19063 N 350th E. Street, north of Fithian.  The open house will allow neighbors to better understand raising pigs in Illinois, which consume 74 percent of the soybean meal fed in the state.  For more information or directions, contact Lindsey Henson or Laura Temple.

Application Deadline Extended for Conservation Legacy Award

Farmers now have until Sept. 15 to apply for the American Soybean Association’s Conservation Legacy Award, which showcases farmers’ management practices that are both environmentally friendly and profitable.  Winners from three regions – the Midwest, Northeast and South — will receive an expense paid trip to the Commodity Classic, Feb. 27-March 1, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif., where the national winner will be announced.  Find out more about the award and the application process here.

Still Time to Participate in Sustainability Survey

Illinois soybean farmers are invited to complete this checkoff-funded survey.  The results will help demonstrate how American soybean farmers continue to improve their economic, social and environmental stewardship practices.  The survey is confidential and takes just a few minutes to fill out.  By entering your email address, you will receive a report of the tabulated findings.

Illinois 4R Field Day Slated for Tuesday

The Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association will host a 4R Field Day Sept. 12 in Tuscola, Ill.  Tour the NREC research site, hear presentations from experts, and learn more about preventing nutrient loss.   The event is free and will offer a free catered lunch.  For more information, see the flyer hereRegister by calling IFCA at 309-827-2774 or emailing Jean Payne at jeanp@ifca.com

ISA Website Offers Links to Dicamba Resources

ISA continues to monitor for news and update the dicamba resources found here.  Any farmer who sees possible dicamba damage to crops should consider these steps:
  • Talk with the neighbor(s) who applied or contracted for the dicamba application(s).
  • If applicable, talk with the commercial applicator or product manufacturer.
  • If a yield loss is probable based on severity of symptoms, report a claim to your insurance company and ask the neighbor and/or the commercial applicator to do the same.
  • Contact the University of Illinois to assess type of drift on the field.  This bulletin provides details.
  • File a drift complaint with the Illinois Department of Agriculture.  Here’s how: 

Consider Membership Program Options

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. 

Become Involved: Participate in ISG’s Political Action Committee

Illinois soybean farmers are invited to participate in 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 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.

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