Weekly Update

Soybean Weekly Update - March 9, 2018

March 08, 2018

ISA Wraps Up Successful Commodity Classic

ISA leaders have concluded a productive week at Commodity Classic in Anaheim, Calif. They learned about the latest trends, participated in meetings focused on timely agriculture topics and networked with other industry leaders – including U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. Commodity Classic attendees also had the opportunity to hear from University of Illinois Professor Fred Below on his “Six Secrets to Producing High Yielding Soybeans” during the Learning Center Session sponsored by the ISA checkoff program. The session was well attended with standing room only. For information, contact your ISA director or Rachel Peabody.

Hear the Latest Research on the Impact of Biodiesel

Join a National Biodiesel Board (NBB) webinar on March 15 at 10 a.m. to get the latest on biodiesel’s environmental impact. Speakers will present a new study about biodiesel’s lifecycle energy and greenhouse gas emissions updates. The research reaffirms benefits of using renewable fuel. Expect to hear encouraging and valuable information about how soybeans are being used to fuel the world in a sustainable way. Learn more about the webinar and reserve your spot here.

Petitions Available for Illinois Soybean Board 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),Sand 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.

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.

Speak the Language Consumers Want to Hear

Consumers continue to demand transparency about food production. Food marketers speaking at the Trust in Food Symposium attended by ISA checkoff representatives earlier this year noted marketers are starting to recognize this. They are sharing more information about ingredients, sources and sustainable practices that match consumer preferences. Communicating with clear information that empowers consumers to make educated decisions is key. Farmers should take a similar approach when engaging with consumers. Avoiding technical jargon and sharing simple examples of farm practices fosters acceptance and better consumer understanding about how food is grown on today’s farms.

Deadline for EQIP Funds in Macoupin Watershed is March 16

Farmers in the Macoupin Watershed 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 at 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 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. About 55 classes are still available. Sign up here.

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.

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

@ACESIllinois Fred Below presented the Six Secrets to Producing High Yielding Soybeans at @ComClassic this morning. Learn more about the #SixSecrets here". Follow @ILSoyAdvisor for daily updates.