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Weekly Update - April 29, 2015

April 29, 2016

Research Calculates Soybean Meal Use for Meat and Poultry Exports

The United Soybean Board (USB) released an analysis of soybean meal exported as meat and poultry products.  The study found that on average during the past 10 years, the U.S. exported 18.7 percent of pork production, 18 percent of broiler production, 11 percent of turkey production and 7.6 percent of beef and veal production.  These exports used about 3.6 million tons of soybean meal per year.  The research projected potential for U.S. meat and poultry exports to continue increasing during the next 10 years, translating to the potential to export up to five million tons of soybean meal via meat and poultry and keep added value in the U.S.  The analysis included recommendations to invest in export opportunities in Mexico, Columbia, the Middle East and other regions where the ISA checkoff program already is present.

Stay Informed with ILSoyAdvisor

As farmers get acres planted between rain showers, they can stay informed with ILSoyAdvisor.com.  ISA officials, Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) Soy Envoys and many others share regular content to help with all soybean management needs and decisions.  From written articles to podcasts, webinars and more, ILSoyAdvisor provides tools and resources that can be accessed from home computers or mobile devices. Farmers can sign up at the site for a weekly email with all the latest information for the 2016 season.

Should Farmers Plant Corn or Soybeans First?

Many Illinois farmers are busy planting, with 42 percent of the corn and two percent of the soybean crop planted as of April 24.  However, farmers who are just getting started or are still waiting for dry fields may not see a large yield penalty, according to University of Illinois crop scientist Emerson Nafziger.  In trials around the state, his data indicate the planting date with the highest corn yield was April 17, but that date was not substantially different compared to April as a whole.  Beyond April, yield losses of about eight bushels per acre were noted by May 10, 17 bushels by May 20, and 29 bushels if planting is delayed until May 30.  Data for soybeans showed maximum yield was obtained in mid-April, and that yield loss by the end of April was about 2.5 bushels.  After April, losses totaled four bushels per acre by May 10, seven by May 20, 11 bushels by May 30 and 14 bushels by June 10.  Since neither crop suffers dramatically from planting through early May, farmers might assume planting priorities for both crops are similar.  But because corn seedlings tend to emerge better than soybeans under soil conditions typical of early spring, Nafziger still suggests starting with corn.  More details are available here.

Webinar Available Soon: Should Manure Be Part of Your Crop Production?

Kevin Erb, CCA from University of Wisconsin Extension, and Morgan Hayes, University of Illinois nutrient management specialist, discussed the benefits of adding manure to fields, along with strategies to maximize use during a webinar this week.  They also reviewed regulations required when applying manure.  One continuing education unit (CEU) in nutrient management is available.  View webinars here.

Petitions Available for District Director Elections

Petitions are available for farmers interested in running for open director positions with the Illinois Soybean Board (ISB).  Petitions can be obtained from the Illinois Department of Agriculture, local University of Illinois Extension offices and the ISA office.  Petitions must be filed by May 15, 2016.  Six Illinois districts will hold director elections this year:
  • District 3:        Henderson, Henry, Mercer, Rock Island, Stark, Warren, Whiteside
  • District 4:        Bureau, Grundy, Kendall, LaSalle     
  • District 6:        Livingston, McLean, Woodford
  • District 8:        Adams, Brown, Hancock, McDonough, Schuyler
  • District 15:      Clinton, Madison, Monroe, St. Clair
  • District 18:      Alexander, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Johnson, Massac, Pope, Pulaski, Saline, Union, Williamson
Due to the tenure provision, as specified in the soybean checkoff program, the directors in District 6 and District 18 are not eligible for re-election.  The directors serving in District 3, District 4, District 8 and District 15 are each eligible to serve another three-year term.  To be eligible to serve, a candidate must be an Illinois resident and resident grower of the district he or she seeks to represent, of legal voting age and a contributor to the soybean checkoff.  Petitions filed with the Illinois Director of Agriculture must contain signatures of at least five percent of the soybean growers from the district. The number of signatures required is: District 3, 174; District 4, 142; District 6, 154; District 8, 144; District 15, 91; and District 18, 105 signatures.  Elections will be held July 7 at county Extension offices in open districts.

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