Weekly Update

Weekly Update - April 8, 2015

April 08, 2016

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.


Roundup Ready 2 Xtend Soybeans Await EPA Dicamba Action

Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans have received import approval in China, but some issues remain with using the technology to its fullest in 2016.  Monsanto’s Asgrow, Channel and regional brands and Corn States licensees expect to introduce more than 70 varieties that are tolerant to both glyphosate and dicamba herbicides.  However, use of dicamba over the top of Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans remains in Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) review.

Commodity Classic Attendees Can Now Access Videos

Anyone who attended Commodity Classic in New Orleans now has access to the videos taken of the 26 sessions.  Participants can re-watch any sessions they attended or sessions they missed.  Click here to find the videos.  Your Username and password are the same -- CC16_your Commodity Classic badge ID.  For example: CC16_9999.  Commodity Classic 2017 is slated for San Antonio.

Illinois Soybean Summit Videos Available

The Illinois Soybean Summit, which was held in Effingham, Peoria and Rockford, Ill., this winter, gave farmers the opportunity to learn about maximizing soybean yield.  Keynote speakers in Effingham included David Kohl from Virginia Tech University and Nick Paulsen from the University of Illinois.  Keynote speakers in Peoria were Chad Colby from Colby AgTech, Darin Newsom from DTN and Kip Pendleton from The Pendleton Group.  Keynote speakers at Rockford were Bryce Anderson from DTN and Bryce Knorr of Penton/Farm Progress.  Recorded videos for the Effingham Soybean Summit are available here, Peoria here, and from the Rockford Soybean Summit, here.

ISA Exchanges Ideas with Industry Leaders to Support Animal Agriculture

As a member of the Center for Food Integrity, ISA participated in their annual North American Leaders Session on Animal Agriculture this week.  The meeting brings industry and association leaders together to share ideas and best practices to help consumers better understand livestock and poultry farming.  ISA shared efforts to target influential consumers in rural communities and in Chicagoland as part of Illinois Farm Families, and gleaned new ideas from others around the country.  ISA’s participation helps support livestock farmers, Illinois' soybeans top customers.  For more information, contact Sarah Duwe.

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.

Illinois Leads Nation in 4R Certified Nutrient Management Specialists

As Illinois agriculture works to educate farmers about minimizing environmental impact and optimizing ag nutrient use, Illinois now leads the nation in the number of Certified Crop Advisers (CCA) trained to be "4R Nutrient Management Specialists” (4R NMS).  Nationwide, nearly half of the 100 4R Nutrient Management Specialists are from Illinois.  By achieving certification in the “Right Source, Right Rate, Right Time and Right Place” program, CCAs are demonstrating their competence in specialized nutrient, soil and water management.  Click here to access the release which contains the 4R NMS list.  

Illinois Researcher Develops New Method for Testing Herbicide Resistance

University of Illinois postdoctoral researcher Rong Ma, along with a team of other researchers, has developed a new technique that can accurately test for metabolic resistance without relying on knowledge of the specific gene(s) involved.  Although the new method does not pinpoint the exact genes responsible for enhanced herbicide metabolism in resistant populations, it does indicate the general class of genes and the mechanism involved.  The new method involves exposing a single small leaf blade to a radioactively labeled herbicide and then determining how much of the herbicide is left after the leaf has a chance to metabolize it.  The less herbicide remaining over time, the more resistant the plant is. The next step for the research team is to identify specific genes and eventually develop markers for rapid testing using conventional genetic methods.  Other universities and companies already are using the new technique.  A 10-minute video offering a step-by-step description is available here.

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.

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.

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