Weekly Update

Soybean Weekly Update - April 13, 2018

April 13, 2018

Petersburg Poultry Processing Offers Farmers Unique Opportunity

Petersburg Poultry Processing, a USDA certified plant in Menard County, processes chickens, turkeys and game birds and also has a certified hatchery for broilers and turkeys. The Sullivan family will host a tour of the plant and a meeting April 19 from 8:30 a.m.to 12:30 p.m. to share how farmers might diversify with pasture-raised poultry for niche markets. Learn more about their operation from this ISA checkoff program video. To attend the tour and meeting, RSVP by phone at 800-526-9943 or by email at RETAC@WIU.edu or ISA@ILStewards.org.


Aerial Imagery Webinar Rescheduled for April 18

ILSoyAdvisor’s webinar on aerial imagery has been rescheduled for April 18 at 10 a.m. The free webinar, hosted by Greg Rose, co-founder and vice president of product at ItelinAir, and Senior Agronomist Ivan Dozier, will present aerial imagery management benefits for farms. They also will share case studies about how Illinois farmers can use aerial analytics to make strategic management decisions. Reserve your spot for the webinar here.


Take Action to Stop Trade Barriers

The Chinese Commerce Department has threatened to impose a 25 percent tariff on U.S. soybeans in retaliation to U.S. tariff announcements. This could significantly impact Illinois farmers. Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) urges all farmers to submit a letter to the White House and Congress, asking officials to focus on reducing the U.S. trade deficit without imposing barriers to key trade markets like China.


ISA Announces 2018 Corporate Partners

ISA is recognizing participants in its 2018 Corporate Partners Program. Joining at the Executive Level is ADM. Cargill Inc. and Monsanto/Asgrow join at the Principal Level; Corteva and FMC Corporation at the Core Level; Syngenta and Valent U.S.A. at the Associate Level; Compeer Financial, Rumbold & Kuhn and The Mosaic Company at the Affiliate Level; and BASF, Beck’s Hybrids, Big River Resources, Farmers Business Network, FLM Harvest, Growmark Inc., Informa Economics Inc., MorganMyers, Osborn Barr, The Andersons, Rio Tinto and Ursa Farmers Co-op at the Support Level.


B20 Club Member Marks Earth Day with Community Celebration

Since 2007, B20 Club member Village of Oak Park has shown commitment to its community and the environment by running municipal diesel vehicles on B20 biodiesel fuel. Last year, the municipality used 34,700 gallons of B20 biodiesel, leading to a reduction of 62.4 tons of CO2 emissions. To extend that commitment, the Village of Oak Park will celebrate Earth Day with its ninth annual Earth Fest on April 21. Environmentally-conscious residents will engage with more than 50 vendors and organizations, including the American Lung Association in Illinois, which is ISA’s partner in the ISA checkoff program’s B20 Club. Learn more here.


ISA Monthly Transportation Podcast is Next Friday

The ISA checkoff program is hosting a monthly transportation podcast where listeners can hear from Don Wenneker, a veteran of the ag industry. Wenneker, who retired from Tate & Lyle, shares his expertise within grain merchandising and transportation on both domestic and international platforms. Tune in here April 20, and plan to listen May 28, June 15, July 20 and August 24. Geo Grain provides the basis maps Wenneker uses for his evaluation.


Illinois Stewardship Alliance Launches Soil Health Video Series

The Illinois Stewardship Alliance’s farmer-to-farmer video series is now available and features 12 videos on topics such as cover crops, soil biodiversity, rotational grazing, protecting against nutrient runoff and more. Check out the soil health video series here


Online Course Still Available to Obtain Dicamba Handling Certification

Farmers who still would like to obtain dicamba handling certification, can complete the online training modules and take the knowledge test. Learn more and complete the training here.  


Don’t Forget it’s #NationalSoyFoodsMonth      

April is dedicated to highlighting soy-based foods and ingredients. Follow along on Instagram through #SoyintheCity as foods that benefit from protein-packed, nutritious soy are highlighted.


Petitions Available for ISB District Director Elections

Petitions are available for growers 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 Illinois Soybean Association (ISA). Petitions must be filed by May 15, 2018. Six Illinois districts will hold director elections this year:


  • District 2:   Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kankakee, Lake McHenry, Will
  • District 10: Christian, Dewitt, Macon, Moultrie, Shelby
  • District 11: Champaign, Coles, Douglas, Edgar, Piatt
  • District 14: Clark, Crawford, Cumberland, Effingham, Jasper
  • District 16: Clay, Edwards, Lawrence, Richland, Wabash, Wayne, White
  • District 17: Jackson, Jefferson, Perry, Randolph, Washington


Due to the tenure provision specified in the soybean checkoff, directors in District 10 (Jered Hooker), District 16 (Tim Scates), and District 17 (David Droste) are not eligible for re-election. Directors serving in District 2 (William Awe), District 11 (Doug Schroeder) and District 14 (Sherri Kannmacher) are eligible for another three-year term. 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. For more information, contact Angel Terrell.


Illinois Soybean Growers Offers Two Membership Options

To bring farmers the most value possible, Illinois Soybean Growers has two membership options: policy membership and informational membership. Membership in ASA is included with both options. Contact the ISG office at 888-826-4011 for more details and to join or renew. 


Join ISG’s Political Action Committee and Make a Difference

Illinois soybean farmers are invited to join the Illinois Soybean Growers Political Action Committee (ISGPAC). ISGPAC provides farmers with strong involvement in political races and a direct pipeline to tell legislators about issues that matter most to them. ISGPAC helps nurture those relationships and keeps key contacts in office where they work for the industry's best interests. Visit ISGPAC.


ILSoyAdvisor Tweet of the Week

#Ragweed has often been thought of as a low-threat weed, but several studies reveal it can drastically reduce #soybean #yields: http://bit.ly/2Hn5mkg. Check out the tweet here. Follow @ILSoyAdvisor on Twitter for daily soybean updates.