Weekly Update

Soybean Weekly Update - February 23, 2018

February 23, 2018

ISA Highlights Poultry Production

The ISA animal ag team completed a poultry testimonial video featuring Petersburg Poultry in Petersburg, Illinois. Throughout the video, the Sullivan family describes the important role soy-fed livestock diversification has played in their lives and how it has allowed them to cultivate economic growth in their community, incorporate family back into the operation, and the importance of converting grain into gain. See the full video and learn more about how soy-fed livestock diversification is supporting Petersburg Poultry.

#SoyintheCity shows winter life on the farm and in Chicago

While farmers and city dwellers have cold, blustery Illinois weather in common, how they experience it is different. The #SoyintheCity campaign on Instagram currently highlights life in the city and what’s happening on Illinois soybean farms – and showing how soybeans connect both. Follow along on Instagram as ISA highlights the small bean with a big impact.

Help Lead Soybean Industry with the ISA Board

ISA will have five director positions open when the current fiscal year ends Aug. 31, 2018. The process for district director elections officially begins in April 2018. Districts with openings are District 10, representing Christian, Dewitt, Macon, Moultrie and Shelby counties; District 16, representing Clay, Edwards, Lawrence, Richland, Wabash, Wayne and White counties; and District 17, representing Jackson, Jefferson, Perry, Randolph and Washington counties. The process for at-large director elections is officially underway. Two nominees from the application pool will be elected by a majority of soybean farmers in attendance at the annual meeting, Aug. 1, 2018, in Champaign, Ill. No write-in provision exists for at-large directors. For more information, contact Angel Terrell.

Earn Soybean Management Advice and CEU Credits with Free Webinar Series

Can’t make time in your schedule to attend an event in person? Learn virtually through the ILSoyAdvisor webinar series.

Soil Health, Soil Respiration and Nutrient Cycling, March 7 at 10 a.m.

Join Will Brinton of Wood End Laboratories, as he explains the importance of various soil tests and how they relate to overall soil health and productivity. He will also discuss nutrient cycling and its role in soil health. One CEU in  Soil and Water Management is available. Register here.

The Role Cover Crops Play in Soil Health, March 21 at 10 a.m.

Learn about the benefits of cover crops from Scott Wohltman of La Crosse Seeds. Wohltman will also discuss how growers can integrate cover crops into their operation. One CEU in Soil and Water Management is available. Register here.

Consider the Membership Options for Illinois Soybean Growers

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 Today

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.

Women Farmland Owners Invited to Upcoming Learning Circles

Three upcoming learning circle events are coming to the state of Illinois, made especially for women farmland owners and sponsored by American Farmland Trust. Learn about soil health, watershed care and conservation practices at these events. Full details and registration is available here. Event dates and locations are:
  • Thursday, March 1 – Chicago, Illinois
  • Wednesday, March 7 – Saunemin, Illinois
  • Thursday, March 8 – Springfield, Illinois


EQIP Funds Available to Farmers in Macoupin Watershed

Farmers in the Macoupin Watershed area may apply for Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funds for technical and financial assistance to improve on-farm soil and water quality by implementing improvements such as drainage water management, bioreactors, saturated buffers, cover crops, nutrient management techniques and no-till systems. This is made possible by a partnership between NRCS and the American Farmland Trust. Eligible farmers should apply before March 16. Contact the NRCS Carlinville field office, 300 Carlinville Plaza, Carlinville, Ill. 62626 or call 217-854-2626, extension 3.

Dicamba Applicator Training Still Available

Based on an October ruling by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), all private and commercial applicators of dicamba must be trained on proper application. Several training sessions are available throughout the state over the next several weeks. Each class will last approximately 90 minutes and participants will receive a certificate for recordkeeping purposes. Illinois has conducted over 80 classes and trained more than 7,000 applicators to apply dicamba to soybeans in 2018. There are still about 55 classes on the calendar. Sign up to attend a session near you.

Add Your Input on Soil Health Practices

Farmers are invited to add their voice to soil health research by participating in a quick survey to measure perceptions and habits about soil fertility. Questions on the Northern Illinois University Department of Geographic and Atmospheric Sciences survey center around farming operation practices, tillage habits, use of cover crops and perceptions of soil health. Find out more and add your input here.

Brazilian White Mold Offers Case Study for U.S. Farmers

Researchers at the University of Illinois conducted a study to measure the differences in white mold behavior on soybeans in the United States and Brazil. Brazilian strains of white mold don’t need a cold period to produce the spores that infect soybean flowers – unlike the U.S. strains which are only prevalent in Northern growing areas. Many are worried how the Brazilian strain would affect southern U.S. farmers, if it was imported to the U.S. and this study sought to understand those ramifications.Preliminary laboratory results reveal that it should not cause unnecessary concern for southern soybean farmers, but this issue will be closely monitored the next several years. Read more about the study here.

Biodiesel Industry Overcame Challenges for Successful 2017

Despite challenges with the tax incentives, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and a new administration, the biodiesel industry still touted its second largest market in history last year. Domestic production of biodiesel exceeded 1.8 billion gallons last year, down slightly from its high production point of 1.9 billion gallons in 2016. Many in the industry are hopeful for the future of the industry and foresee success in 2018 as well. Stable tax policy and reasonable increases in RFS volumes are two factors that will heavily influence continued job creation and growth for the U.S. biodiesel industry. Read more about the 2017 production year from Biodiesel Magazine.

2017 Census of Agriculture Responses

Farmers still have time to respond to the 2017 agriculture census. You can respond online by going to www.agcounts.usda.gov or by calling toll-free at (888) 424-7828. 

ILSoyAdvisor Tweet of the Week

What's the best way to ensure you're always making the best #management decisions? @aggold_todd says: "Be a student of your field." http://bit.ly/2C60n30. Check out the tweet here. Follow @ILSoyAdvisor on Twitter for daily soybean updates.