Weekly Update

Weekly Update - July 22, 2016

July 22, 2016

USSEC Announces EU Approval of Three Soy Events

The U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) today announced the long awaited European Union approval of three biotech soy traits for import and processing. The three stacked events are Monsanto’s Xtend (dicamba x glyphosate MON87708 x MON89788); Monsanto’s Vistive Gold (high oleic x glyphosate MON87705 x MON89788); and Bayer CropScience’s Balance GT (glyphosate x HPPD inhibitor FG72).  Europe is one of the largest customers of U.S. soybean farmers with more than 165 million bushels of soybeans in exports already this year. 

“Soy in the City” Features Biodiesel Benefits in Downtown Chicago

Soy in the City connections are being made with urban consumers this summer to help them better understand how soybeans affect their daily lives.  As part of the initiative, biodiesel benefits - and the role soybeans play in creating this renewable fuel - are being showcased in downtown Chicago near bus and train stops.  The ad series explains how biodiesel can help consumers lower their carbon footprints and leave city air a little cleaner.  Follow along using #SoyintheCity on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. 

Soy-Based Tuna Feed Ready for Trials

The ISA checkoff program is funding research to develop soy-based feed for farm-ranched tuna.  Fish nutritionists developed and analyzed four feed options.  Response to each type will be measured in feeding trials in Panama by the end of July.  Replacing fishmeal and oil with soy products improves the long-term sustainability of aquaculture and increases soybean demand from this fast-growing industry.

Attend Lower Kaskaskia River Watershed Water Quality Assessment Event

The public is invited to attend a meeting hosted by the Lower Kaskaskia Stakeholders, Inc., July 27, in Mascoutah, Ill.  Janet Buchanan from Heartlands Conservancy will present a water quality assessment of the Lower Kaskaskia River watershed.  Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. followed by a noon meeting.

Apply Now for Illinois Soybean Leadership Opportunities

Potential soybean leaders are encouraged to apply for the next class of ISA's Soy Ambassador Leadership Program, which is sponsored by the ISA checkoff and membership programs.  The program gives participants opportunities to gain leadership expertise, industry exposure and a global perspective as they prepare for future leadership roles.  During a two-year time period, Soy Ambassadors will discover the opportunities and challenges facing the soybean industry through participation in key soybean events, by traveling internationally, working with legislators to promote agriculture priorities and discuss key issues and more.  To apply for one of 10 positions, visit this website and apply online before Aug. 1, 2016.  Applicants must reside in Illinois and have a vested interest in the soybean production industry.  
In addition, the American Soybean Association (ASA) and DuPont are seeking applicants for the 2016-17 ASA DuPont Young Leader Program.  For more than 30 years, the program has identified and developed grower leaders who continue to shape the future of agriculture.  The ASA DuPont Young Leader program is a challenging and educational two-part training program.  Phase I takes place at the DuPont Pioneer headquarters in Johnston, Iowa, Nov. 29–Dec. 2, 2016.  The program continues Feb. 28–March 4, 2017, in San Antonio, Texas.  Interested applicants should click here for additional details and to apply.

Get Soybean Production Tips at Free ILSoyAdvisor Field Days  

ILSoyAdvisor Field Days are just around the corner.  Events include Hinckley, Aug. 2; Seymour, Aug. 3; and Benton, Aug. 4.  Various soybean experts will provide local growing tips and practical, on-farm advice for achieving high-yielding soybeans.  Each field day is free, and lunch and refreshments are included.  Certified Crop Advisers (CCAs) can earn continuing education units (CEUs) for attending.  Register here.

Upcoming Webinar: Strategies for Finishing out the Soybean Season

Mike Wilson, Soy CCA Envoy and specialty products marketing coordinator with Wabash Valley Service Company, will lead a webinar Aug. 9 from 10-11 a.m.  He will explain why managing soybeans through Labor Day can help increase yields, as well as profitability.  Register here.

Webinar Recording Available: Managing Soybean Diseases

Stephanie Porter, Soy CCA Envoy from west central Illinois and sales agronomist with Burrus Hybrids, explains soybean disease prevention, symptoms and treatment in this most recent webinar.  She also replies to listeners’ inquiries in a question and answer session.  Watch the recording here.

Farmers Invited to Illinois Wheat Forum

Illinois wheat producers and processors are invited to the Illinois Wheat Forum, Aug. 23, from 9 a.m.to 3 p.m., in Highland, Ill.  Attendees will learn about soil health, market volatility, the Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy and crop insurance options, as well as production challenges and research trials and results.  Registration is onsite and is $15 for Illinois Wheat Association members and $30 for non-members.

Attend a Soil Health Field Day in August

The Soil Health Partnership is providing Illinois farmers several field days through September at locations around the state.  Upcoming dates include Aug. 8 in Altamont, Ill.; Aug. 15 in Hudson, Ill.; and Aug. 19 in Assumption, Ill.  Featured topics include cover crop management and machinery set-up, conservation tillage methods, advanced nutrient management, a soil pit to observe crop root growth and soil properties, and an update on water quality.  More information, dates and registration details are here.

Upcoming No-Till Farmer Webinar Addresses Cover Cropping

Johnny Hunter from No-Till Farmer will host a webinar, "Cover Cropping to Aid the Transition to No-Till and Lessons Learned Jumping in Feet First," July 28 at 10 a.m.  As someone who has practiced no-till since 2012, Hunter will share experiences and findings from his own farm, including what worked and what didn’t.  Register for the webinar here.

Plant Management Network Webinar Available

A new webinar, “Advances in Prescriptive Agriculture & Big Data” is available in the Focus on Soybean resource through the Plant Management Network.  John Fulton from The Ohio State University discusses how tracking data can be used to improve management practices in an agricultural operation.  The webinar will be available until August 31.  View it here.

Organizations Seek Conservation Legacy Award Nominees

Farmers who want to share their successful conservation management practices are eligible to apply for the Conservation Legacy Award.  Entries are judged on soil management, water management, input management, farmstead protection and conservation and environmental management.  Three regional winners and one national winner are selected.  Award winners receive an expense paid trip for two to Commodity Classic, March 2-4, 2017, in San Antonio, a feature about the farm and conservation practices in Corn & Soybean Digest and a special online video.  The Conservation Legacy Award is sponsored by the American Soybean Association, BASF, Corn & Soybean Digest, Monsanto, United Soybean Board/soybean checkoff and Valent.  More information is available here.  Applications are due Sept. 2, 2016.

Receive more ISA news 

Visit http://www.ilsoy.org/contact-us to sign up to receive our magazine, news releases and more.

Tweet of the Week

Register for the @ILSoyAdvisor Field Days coming up in August.  Details and registration here: http://ilsoy.co/29AOmHj #ILSoy