Weekly Update

Weekly Update - May 19, 2016

May 19, 2016

Illinois Farmer Dan Arkels Guns For 150-Bushel Soybeans

In 2014, Dan Arkels, soybean farmer from Peru, Ill., became the first verified 100-plus bushel soybean grower in Illinois with 104 bushel per acre beans.  In 2015, Jason and Robert Lakey topped his record yield in Champaign County with a bin-busting 108 bushels per acre.  Now, Arkels wants his title back.  With beans planted on April 17, he is gunning for 150 bushels this season.  Listen to Arkels discuss here.

Interested in the 2016 Yield Challenge?

Are you interested in participating in the 2016 Yield Challenge?  Just like Dan Arkels, it is an opportunity to try new management strategies to increase yields.  Entering is easy.  Registration is $25 per entry, and you are welcome to enter as many plots as you like.  Start by completing a general interest form by July 15, 2016, just so ISA knows “you’re in.”  Then complete the official registration form found here, due to ISA no later than Sept. 1.  Yield totals and other production data are easy to collect and must be verified by an approved third party and submitted via the harvest forms by Nov. 15, 2016.

ISA Facilitates Animal Agriculture Antibiotics Discussion

ISA demonstrated leadership for its top customers at the Center for Food Integrity (CFI) Strategy Conference on Animal Agriculture this week.  As a member of the CFI board, Amy Roady, ISA communications director, moderated a panel about antibiotics use in animal agriculture.  The meeting also covered housing and genetic advancements for animal agriculture, and included a consumer panel, as well.  Experts from across the food system explored ways to close the gap between consumer support and perception of meat, milk and eggs.  Contact Amy Roady  for more information from the meeting.

Leading Scientists Agree Biodiesel Reduces Carbon Emissions

Leading scientists agree biodiesel plays a critical role in reducing carbon emissions.  Findings in a new report from the Coordinating Research Council (CRC) show support for biodiesel as a low carbon fuel.  CRC conducts environmental studies pertaining to automotive and petroleum use, including lifecycle analysis of biofuels.  Findings routinely indicate carbon emissions from biofuels are declining relative to petroleum.  Last year's record biodiesel consumption of 2.1 billion gallons helped cut greenhouse gas emissions by 18 million tons, or the equivalent of carbon dioxide emissions of 3.8 million cars.  Learn more in this update from the ISA checkoff program-supported National Biodiesel Board.

Researchers ID Mechanism for Herbicide Resistance in Palmer Amaranth

Waterhemp and Palmer amaranth are weeds resistant to a class of herbicides known as PPO-inhibitors.  Now researchers have discovered the mechanism of resistance, which is a rare mutation in a genetic sequence not shared by many plants.  Researchers who discovered the mutation, including University of Illinois weed scientist Patrick Tranel, say PPO-resistant Palmer amaranth will spread quickly and widely.

Officials Schedule Kaskaskia River Upper Reach Meeting

Updates on water quality and the comprehensive ecosystem restoration plan will be presented during a meeting June 15 at 7 p.m. at the Lake Shelbyville Project Office.  The water quality portion of the meeting will include updates on changes in water quality throughout the watershed.  Suggestions for improving areas of poor water quality will be developed.  The meeting also will focus on options for restoring the deteriorating ecosystems.  For additional information, contact Steve Jurgens.

IDOA Schedules Clean Sweep Collection in Central Illinois

Residents of 12 Illinois counties can dispose of unwanted agrichemicals for free this year through the Illinois Department of Agriculture’s (IDOA) “Clean Sweep” program.  The collection has been scheduled in late summer for Clark, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham, Jasper, Lawrence, Moultrie, Richland and Shelby counties.  Clean Sweep, which rotates among Illinois counties, is open to farmers, retired farmers, nursery owners, private pesticide applicators, structural pest control applicators and landowners who inherited unwanted ag pesticides with their property.  Participants must register the products they plan to dispose of by July 15.  Forms can be obtained by calling the IDOA Pesticide Hotline at 800-641-3934.  Completed forms should be mailed or faxed to Clean Sweep Program, Illinois Department of Agriculture, State Fairgrounds, P.O. Box 19281, Springfield, IL, 62794-9281.  The fax number is 217-524-4882.  Participants will receive a reservation card with details about their collection.

ISG Seeks Potential ASA Director Candidates

Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) announces applications are available for those interested in becoming one of up to four candidates for ASA director.  With the restructure of ASA and if the ISG board approves the project budget in June, ISG will have the opportunity for five ASA representatives instead of three.  Bill Wykes' term is complete next year, so his position is not open.  Ron Moore is completing his first term as a director and is eligible to run for a second term.  Due to the tenure provision specified in the ASA by-laws, Mike Cunningham is not eligible for reelection.  Interested parties can request an application form and return to Angel Terrell by June 10, 2016.  To be eligible, you must be an ASA member, produce soybeans as a farm owner, manager or operator, not be an officer or director of any other national soybean policy organization and be elected by the ISG board.  All eligible candidates will be invited to the ISG July 28 board meeting to speak prior to elections that day.  No write-in provision exists.

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.

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