Weekly Update

Soybean Weekly Update - January 26, 2018

January 26, 2018

ISA Crop Sciences Scholarship Applications Due Next Week

ISA’s crop sciences scholarship applications are still available through the IAA Foundation. A listing of the eligibility guidelines and application documents are available at www.iaafoundation.org. Completed applications must be submitted online by Feb. 1. For more information, contact Angel Terrell.

RSVP by Feb. 1 to Attend ISG Annual Policy Session and Meeting

Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) members are invited to attend the ISG Policy Session Feb. 8 at the ISA office in Bloomington from 8 a.m.–11 a.m. The purpose of the session is to allow ISG members and the board to review current ASA Resolutions for changes and amendments that will be presented during Commodity Classic in Anaheim, Calif., Feb. 27- March 1. The resolutions are available to view here or you may contact Andrew Larson at 309-808-3612 and he will email the file. The ISG annual meeting will be held following the resolutions. The purpose is to provide reports on association activities, approve the acts and deeds of directors and staff, and to transact such other business as may properly come before the meeting. Contact Dustin Scott at 309-808-3603 by Feb. 1, if you plan to attend. 

Better Beans Series Starts Next Week

The ISA checkoff program will offer local agronomic solutions to issues on your farm during a series of half-day winter meetings. ILSoyAdvisor will bring the latest management research and advice to: Jan. 30, Polo; Jan. 31, Jacksonville; Feb. 6, Altamont; and Feb. 22, Fairview Heights.  CCAs can earn up to four CEU credits for attending this event. Registration is now open here.

Catch ISA and Biodiesel on RFD Today Next Week

Tune in to RFD Radio Network’s RFD Today show Jan. 31 for an update on the biodiesel industry, biodiesel’s benefits and how the ISA checkoff program supports this important outlet for Illinois soybeans. On air with host DeLoss Jahnke will be Mike Cunningham, Illinois soybean farmer and vice-chairman of the governing board for the National Biodiesel Board (NBB); Jeff Lynn, ISA director and newly elected member of the NBB governing board and Rebecca Richardson, ISA biodiesel lead. The show airs live from 9 a.m.-9:50 a.m. on seven stations. Fourteen other stations air a recording later in the day. Live stream the show here or go to the RFD Radio Network website and listen here.

Millennials Hold Key to Amplifying Farmer’s Voice

Never underestimate the potential reach of millennials. That’s what speakers stressed at the Trust in Food symposium ISA representatives attended in Chicago this week. Comprising about 30 percent of the purchasing power in the marketplace, millennials force brands to pay attention. Their amplification ability can’t be underestimated either. Sharing thoughts and opinions through blogs, social media and text is what this generation does best. Millennials also demand more transparency and information about how food is grown, so ISA efforts to reach millennials with information about GMOs, sustainability practices or other farming methods create opportunity to build powerful message multipliers.

ISA to Highlight Diversification Support at 2018 Illinois Pork Expo

The ISA checkoff program will share resources and information about diversification, expansion and improvement opportunities related to pork production with farmers at the 2018 Illinois Pork Expo. The show will be held Feb.6 and 7 at the Bank of Springfield Center in Springfield, Ill. Pork and beans go together well – about 74 percent of the soybean meal fed in Illinois goes into pork production. To register or learn more about seminars and events at the Illinois Pork Expo, visit www.ilpork.com.

ISB Seeks Soybean Farmers for USB Nomination

The Illinois Soybean Board (ISB) is looking for farmers interested in filling one of Illinois' four director positions with the United Soybean Board (USB). Lynn Rohrscheib, soybean farmer from Fairmount, Ill., is eligible for another term. Any soybean farmer affected by the soybean checkoff is eligible to serve. To be considered, farmers must complete the required application and "Agreement to Serve" statement and return them to ISA office by Feb. 23, 2018. The ISB Board of Directors will submit to USDA a "first preferred choice nominee" and "second preferred choice alternate" for the open position. The Secretary of Agriculture will make final appointments, and the chosen individual will begin serving a three-year term in December 2018. Each individual appointed is eligible to serve a total of three terms. Download the documents here or contact the ISA office for information at 309-663-7692.

Double-Cropping Conference Offers Profitability Tactics

ISA, along with the Illinois Wheat Association, will host the second annual double-crop conference in Mt. Vernon, Ill., on Feb. 7. The one-day conference will bring growers and industry experts together to discuss challenges and tips for successful double-crop systems. Growers will walk away with enhanced knowledge for improving yield and profitability of the rotation. The informational conference will be held from 8 a.m.to 3 p.m., includes lunch and will offer 5.5 CEUs for CCAs. Partially funded by the checkoff programs, registration is $20 to cover meal costs. Register online here or by calling 888-826-4011.

Farmer Profitability Roadshow Coming Next Month

Through price swings, weather concerns and everything else farmers face, some farmers achieve better profits than average. How do they do it? Join ISA, University of Illinois professor Gary Schnitkey, FBFM and other financial experts for a “Resilient Farmer Roadshow—Building Habits to Be a Successful Risk Manager.” Coming mid-February to Dekalb, Galesburg, Bloomington, Altamont and Mt. Vernon, click here for dates, more information and registration details.

Winter Webinars Offer Valuable Soybean Management Tips   

ILSoyAdvisor is offering a series of virtual learning experiences. Coming next month is What We’ve Learned from Nitrogen-on-Beans Research, Feb. 21, at 10:30 a.m. Tim Smith from Cropsmith and Fred Below, Ph.D., from the University of Illinois, will discuss their research on applying nitrogen on soybeans, when it makes sense to use it, the optimal timing and application rates and what role soil plays in providing additional nitrogen. One CEU in nutrient management is available. Register here. Soil Health, Soil Respiration and Nutrient Cycling will take place Mar. 7 at 10 a.m. Will Brinton of Wood End Laboratories will explain the importance of various soil tests and how they relate to overall soil health and productivity. One CEU in soil and water management is available. Register here. The Role Cover Crops Play in Soil Health session is slated for Mar. 21 at 10 a.m. Learn about the benefits of cover crops from Scott Wohltman of La Crosse Seeds. Wohltman also will discuss how growers can integrate cover crops into their operation. One CEU in soil and water management is available. Register here.

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 officially begins in February. 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.

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.

ILSoyAdvisor Tweet of the Week

#Soybean #Yields have been creeping up, with bigger average numbers each year. What changed and how can we keep this trend up? Check out the tweet here. Follow @ILSoyAdvisor for daily updates.