Weekly Update

Special Weekly Update - August 2, 2017

August 02, 2017

Dicamba Technology Demands Multiple Levels of Stewardship

Everyone involved with production agriculture in Illinois has a critical role to play in the proper stewardship of new products, such as dicamba-based herbicides, including strict adherence to all label guidelines.  Working with other groups, the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) has developed key learnings to help farmers make best use of new dicamba technologies:
Any farmer growing non dicamba-tolerant soybeans or other sensitive crops who sees possible dicamba damage to crops should consider these steps:

Catch up with ISA at the Illinois State Fair, Aug. 10-20, and Ag Day, Aug. 15.  

ISA is sponsoring biodiesel-powered trams again this year, and has asked they be fueled with B20 – a 20 percent blend.  Be on the lookout for new signs on the trams talking about the soy-based fuel.  ISA will host the Farmers Little Helper area with Illinois Corn Growers Association.  New this year are floor stickers sharing information with consumers.  The stickers cover a wide range of topics, from animal agriculture to family farm size. In the fair’s commodities pavilion, stop by to see the new table toppers ISA created sharing positive messages about animal agriculture and the soybeans livestock and poultry eat. 

Enter ASA’s Conservation Awards Program

Share the story of how conservation is part of your farm operation, and you could be the next winner of a Conservation Legacy Award. This awards program showcases farm management practices of U.S. soybean producers that are both environmentally friendly and profitable. 
All U.S. soybean farmers are eligible to enter to win a Conservation Legacy Award. Entries are judged on soil management, water management, input management, conservation, environmental management and sustainability. Three regional winners and one national winner are selected. More information on past winners of the award and how to submit your application is available here. All applications must be submitted by Sept. 8, 2017.
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. Call 888-826-4011 for more details and to join or renew.