Weekly Update

Soybean Weekly Update - March 23, 2018

March 23, 2018

ISA Reception for Asian Consulates Strengthens Customer Relationships

On March 22, the ISA checkoff program hosted a reception for several Asian consulates at the Chicago office. Attendees represented consulates based in Chicago, including current and potential Illinois soybean customers in Asia like Taiwan, South Korea and India. ISA directors and staff learned how to work with local consulates to reach customers and shared their roles in the soybean industry. The evening built and strengthened relationships with local consulates to encourage trade team visits to Illinois. For more highlights, contact Jayma Appleby or David Headley.



Soybean Farmers Provide Tips and Tricks for 2018

Kris Ehler, sales agronomist for Ehler Brothers Co. and 2018 Illinois CCA Soy Envoy, and four other Midwest soybean farmers, have advice for other farmers. They provide their input on everything from planting date, to planting populations, to tissue sampling. Read the list of tips and tricks here.


ISA Promotes Biodiesel at M-PACT

ISA staff and directors promoted biodiesel to Midwest fuel suppliers and convenience store owners at the 2018 M-PACT Show in Indianapolis, March 13-15. The ISA checkoff program’s interactive display focused on fuel quality, educating attendees about the importance of keeping fuel free from contamination to optimize performance. By participating in ISA’s educational presentation, attendees had the opportunity to win biodiesel-branded prizes. Next year’s show is March 26 to 28, 2019.


Montgomery County Family Holding Pig Barn Open House

Dereke and Chelsea Dunkirk and family will host an open house for their new 4,800-head wean-to-finish pig barn east of Farmersville, Ill., March 29. The new barn will be open from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., and the event will include a meal. The family will highlight how they will care for their pigs and the environment. This new barn grows the top market for Illinois soybean meal, as pigs eat 74 percent of the meal fed in Illinois. For more information or directions, contact Lindsey Henson or Laura Temple.


Visionaries Offer Three New Ways Tech Could Impact Ag

Speakers at the Trust in Food Symposium earlier this year talked about the recent explosion in new technology and solutions for the ag industry. For example, hundreds of genetically modified products will soon be made with gene editing tools like CRISPR. Digital ag continues to grow as farm management becomes more digitally connected. This will impact data management and could lead to further advances in data-backed farm strategies. Finally, facial recognition could gain traction, helping farmers spot fields and assess challenges quicker than ever. Read more about technologies hitting the ag sector and how they move from innovation to adoption in the February issue of Illinois Field & Bean.


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.


Upcoming Field Days Focus on Cover Crops, Soil Health

Two field days will focus on actionable learnings for cover crops and soil health. Hosted by the Livingston County Soil and Water District (SWCD), Ford County SWCD and American Farmland Trust, the Saunemin Field Day will be held March 27. Another event will be held April 4 at Thorndyke Farms. More details are available here.


Learn How Aerial Imagery Can Change Your Farm Management

In a free webinar, April 11 from 10 to 11 a.m., Greg Rose, co-founder and vice president of product at ItelinAir, and Senior Agronomist Ivan Dozier, will present aerial imagery for farms. They will explore the past, present and future of aerial imagery while sharing case studies about how Illinois farmers can use aerial analytics to make strategic management decisions. Reserve your spot for this webinar here.


Cover Crops Field Guide App Available

The Midwest Cover Crop Council has made its popular pocket field guide available as a mobile app for iPhone and Android. Producers can access all the same cover crops information available in the pocket guide on a phone or tablet. The application version includes additional photos as well as links to other useful information. The app will download for free, but to access all information, there is a $2.99 yearly subscription fee. The printed field guide is still available on the Purdue Extension Education Store. Look for the app on the App Store or Google Play.


Study Reveals Most Beneficial Actions for Soybean Farmers

Early planting and using fungicides and insecticides are the top yield-boosting tactics, while row spacing does not have a significant impact, according to a new cross-functional study recently released. Data from more than 3,500 fields across 10 Midwest states reveal the most beneficial actions for soybean growers to take. View the report for the full scope of findings.


Producers Must Renew CSP Contracts by April 13

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.


ISA Sponsors Monthly Transportation Podcasts

The ISA checkoff program is hosting 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, Wenneker brings a wealth of knowledge to ISA. Retired from Tate & Lyle, his 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: 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.


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

In Illinois, farmers grow it and raise it, so you can eat it. #NationalAgDay #ThankAFarmer @ILFarmBureau. Check out the tweet here. Follow @ILSoyAdvisor for daily updates.