Weekly Update

Soybean Weekly Update - March 16, 2018

March 16, 2018

New Biodiesel Content Available on ILSoy.org

The ISA website now features expanded biodiesel content with details about biodiesel benefits and use. On the newly redesigned site, you’ll find a section dispelling biodiesel myths and new videos featuring a truck driver and diesel mechanic talking about their experiences with biodiesel. An all-new B20Club.org page within ILSoy.org allows users to search by type of fleet to find B20 Club success stories. It’s all part of the ISA checkoff program strategy to encourage adoption of biodiesel throughout Illinois.

See Who’s on the Primary Ballot with Voice for Soy

State primary elections are just around the corner, and Voice for Soy has all the ballot information you need. Review the Voice for Soy 2018 Primary Election Guide to see who’s running in federal and state races. Following the election, Voice for Soy will post results. If you’re not sure where to vote, registered voters can find their polling places here. Don’t forget to make your voice heard on March 20.

ISA Investment in USAPEEC Pavilion Boosts Poultry Exports

Gulfood 2018, an annual global food trade show held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, has become a key place for U.S. food companies to connect with international customers. The five-day February show hosted more than 100,000 visitors this year. The U.S.A. Poultry and Egg Export Council (USAPEEC) Pavilion included exhibits from 14 member food companies like Perdue Foods and AJC International. The pavilion’s upper deck, funded in part by the ISA checkoff program, featured meeting rooms and a lounge used to full capacity by exhibitors, other USAPEEC members, importers and government officials. Discussions held resulted in export deals and progress on trade issues. The poultry industry consumes 54 percent of the soybean meal fed in the U.S. Growing global poultry demand increases feed needs.

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.

Free March Webinar Focuses on Soil Health

ILSoyAdvisor is offering a free webinar, March 21. The Role Cover Crops Play in Soil Health session is slated for 10 a.m. that day. 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 continuing education unit (CEU) in soil and water management is available. Register here.

ISA Sponsors Monthly Transportation Podcasts  

The ISA checkoff program will begin a monthly transportation podcast where listeners can hear from one of the industry’s best, Don Wenneker, as he analyzes key topics. With more than 50 years of experience serving the agriculture industry, Don brings a wealth of knowledge to ISA. Retired from Tate & Lyle, Don’s expertise within grain merchandising and transportation on both domestic and international platforms allows him to bring a fresh and innovative perspective. Tune in here every month, and listen on the following dates: March 23, April 20, May 28, June 15, July 20 and August 24. ISA thanks Geo Grain for providing basis maps for evaluation and Wenneker for his thought leadership.

Conservation-Minded Producers Can Renew CSP Contracts

Agricultural producers wanting to enhance current conservation efforts are encouraged to renew their Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) contracts. CSP contracts allow private landowners to earn payments for actively managing, maintaining and expanding conservation activities like cover crops, nutrient management, buffer strips and pollinator and beneficial insect habitat – all while maintaining active production on their land. Learn more from the Natural Resources Conservation Service here.

Purdue University Economists Forecast Soybean Expectations

According to researchers at Purdue University’s Center for Commercial Agriculture, soybean production will not be slowing down in 2018. Seventy-one percent of surveyed producers expect soybeans to be more profitable than corn in 2018, but only 10 percent will increase their acres of soybeans planted on account of this fact. Full survey results and the barometer report can be accessed on their website.

Farmers Define Sustainability

Farm Journal Media and Field to Market recently published research aimed at better understanding sustainability as defined and exercised by farmers. Many survey respondents have implemented sustainability practices. More than 40 percent manage all of their acres with conservation tillage, and more than half use cover crops on at least some of their cropland. Farmers define sustainability differently than how they believe consumers define sustainability. Crop rotation, conservation tillage and cover crops are practices farmers most associate with sustainable agriculture. But they think consumers equate organic farming, wildlife habitat preservation and water quality testing with sustainability. Given the perceived divergence in definitions, farmers need to tell consumers why practices like cover crops and others make farms more sustainable. View the whole report.

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 still available. Each class will last approximately 90 minutes and participants will receive a certificate for recordkeeping purposes. Illinois has conducted more than 80 classes and trained more than 7,000 applicators to apply dicamba to soybeans in 2018. Sign up 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.

ILSoyAdvisor Tweet of the Week

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