Weekly Update

Weekly Update - April 1, 2015

March 31, 2016

Time to Sign Up for the 2016 Yield Challenge

Registration for the 2016 Yield Challenge is open.  Now in its sixth year, the Yield Challenge is funded by the ISA checkoff program, and offers farmers three ways to compete.  In the 100-Bushel Challenge, the farmer who achieves the greatest qualifying yield over 100 bushels per acre takes home the top prize of $5,000.  In the Crop District Shootout, farmers compete in their crop districts for the top yield.  First place in each district gets $500.  Second place gets $250.  In the Side-by-Side Sponsor Plots, farmers test innovative practices against their regular practices.  The farmer with the highest percentage yield increase per district gets $500.  Second highest gets $250.  Students also are welcome to compete.  All winners will receive a certificate and recognition at a special dinner before the 2017 Soybean Summit in Peoria, Ill.  Visit soyyieldchallenge.com to complete a simple interest form.  The first official registration form is due no later than Sept. 1.  Registration is only $25 per plot entry.

ASA Seeks Advocacy Communications Team Candidates

The American Soybean Association (ASA) is looking for candidates for its Advocacy Communications Team (ACT).  The second class will train June 21-23 to serve as spokespersons and industry experts on soybean issues.  Previous state and national leaders, emerging leaders and agricultural advocates are ideal candidates.  ISA director Lynn Rohrscheib is a current member.  ACT offers a unique opportunity to participate in the conversation about food and agriculture.  Participants engage through traditional and social media channels as well as through innovative programming.  If you are interested or know a farmer who would be a good candidate, forward their name and contact information to Christine Luelf by April 15.

ISA Support Helps Maintain Pork and Poultry Exports

The ISA checkoff program partners with U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) and U.S.A. Poultry and Egg Export Council (USAPEEC) projects to promote U.S. pork and poultry in key markets to support soybean farmers' top customers.  Although pork exports to some countries are declining, the market in many countries with ISA-funded projects is steady or growing.  The U.S. bird flu outbreak in 2015 decreased poultry exports, but the U.S. is positioned to regain those markets with ISA support.  Check out export trends from 2008 to 2015 in countries where ISA invests in USMEF and USAPEEC work.

Join Webinar about Soybean Profitability Under Low Commodity Prices

Join Gary Schnitkey, University of Illinois farm management specialist, as he examines issues associated with soybean profitability, including characteristics that separate more profitable from less profitable farms.  Schnitkey uses Illinois Farm Business Farm Management data and expectations for long-run soybean prices.  He also will discuss the need to cut fertilizer, seed, chemical and machinery depreciation costs and cash rent, given the current scenario.  The webinar is April 12 at 11 a.m.  Register here.

Save the Dates for ILSoyAdvisor Field Days

ISA will host three ILSoyAdvisor Field Days this summer.  Mark your calendars for information-packed sessions Aug. 2 in northern Illinois, Aug. 3 in central Illinois and Aug. 4 in southern Illinois.  Stay tuned for more information on locations and sessions.  Watch videos of the 2015 Field Day sessions here.

ISA Directors Host Informative Biodiesel Workshops

​Two ISA directors hosted biodiesel workshops last week at their local FS fuel distributor offices. John Longley, Aledo, Ill., hosted training at Goldstar FS in Cambridge, Ill., March 22. Austin Rincker, Mowequa, Ill., hosted the Christian County FS workshop March 25. These ISA checkoff program-supported trainings educate fuel distributors about the latest advances in biodiesel technology.

CCA Soy Envoy Program Benefits Illinois Soybean Farmers

ISA and the Illinois Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) Program have teamed up to help Illinois soybean farmers increase yields and profitability.  The groups work together to recruit soybean experts— the CCA Soy Envoys—who provide regular content for www.ILSoyAdvisor.com.  In addition to written blog posts, they develop audio and video posts based on what they see in their local areas.  The checkoff-funded online soybean management platform provides tips and recommendations throughout the growing season.

Stay Informed: Sign Up for Voice for Soy Text Alerts

Have you signed up for Voice for Soy (VFS) text message action alerts yet?  Each time VFS issues an alert, you receive a message on your phone that takes you directly to the alert, allowing you to respond quickly wherever you are and whenever issues arise.  Standard messaging rates may apply. Sign up now.

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