Weekly Update

Soybean Weekly Update - November 10, 2017

November 10, 2017

Happy Veteran's Day to all Veterans. We thank you for your dedication and service

“Harvest Emergency” Will Help Move Soybeans Faster 

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s Nov. 5 declaration allows trucks carrying soybeans and other crops over state highways to obtain a free permit to exceed gross vehicle weight limits by 10 percent. Illinois Emergency Harvest Permits can be obtained from the Illinois Department of Transportation at no cost through Dec. 19. Be sure to follow all regulations and check with the Illinois Department of Transportation and local road authorities before hauling heavier loads. Permits do not cover travel on interstates or local routes. Read Illinois Soybean Growers’ statement here.

Soy in the City Connects with Chicago Influencers, Springfield Decisionmakers

It was a busy week for the Soy in the City initiative, which connects with influencers regarding the positive impact of soybeans. On Nov. 7, ISA introduced about 20 bloggers, dietitians, food industry reps and others to the many uses of soybeans during a harvest dinner in Chicago’s West Loop. Guests represented organizations like McDonald’s, Corvus Blue and Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences. On Nov. 8, Soy in the City was at the State Capitol. ISA shared with legislators the economic impact of soybeans while passing out pumpkin spice soy lattes. More than 100 legislators and staff met with ISA during the event. To follow along with #SoyintheCity, check out @ilsoybean on Instagram.

ISA Supports Strategic Meat Export Efforts

During the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) Strategic Planning Conference last week, a panel discussion about global consumer attitudes and trends highlighted opportunities in countries including Japan and Mexico, where the ISA checkoff program funds USMEF meat promotion. Panel speakers noted red meat is becoming a more popular protein source for young people, families and the aging population in Japan. In Mexico, both grilling and promoting non-traditional crockpot recipes encourage consumers to eat pork and beef. Illinois pigs and cattle eat 86 percent of the soybean meal fed in the state, so growing demand for U.S. meat supports a key soybean market.

ISA to Promote Biodiesel This Weekend at Tow Trucks for Tots

During the annual Tow Trucks for Tots event this Sunday, Nov. 12, the ISA checkoff program is helping bring toys to needy children while also promoting the use of B20 biodiesel. Tow truck drivers who collect and deliver toys during the event will receive a voucher to fill their fuel tanks with a biodiesel blend of up to 20 percent. ISA representatives will be on-site to answer questions about biodiesel. Children will receive new toys for the holidays and benefit from healthier air because of biodiesel’s cleaner burning properties. For more information about the event, check out this news release.

Next Week is Last Chance for 2017 Yield Challenge Entries

The 2017 ILSoyAdvisor.com Yield Challenge contest closes for entries soon. Growers can enter their soybean yield results until Nov. 15. In 2016, many contestants achieved yields in the upper-80 to mid-90-bushel range—a big improvement over the state average of 59 bushel-per-acre yields. Growers can enter and receive regional cash prizes for the 100-Bushel Challenge, Crop-District Contest, Side-by-Side Contest or the new Double-Crop Yield Contest. Click here for more information.  

ISA’s ILSoyAdvisor Profitability Radio Returns 

ISA’s popular Profitability Radio Program will kick off in early December. Using interviews with ISA and other experts, the program connects ISA activities with farmers throughout the state via their local RFD network station and several independent radio stations. The first program features ISA’s trade team lead David Headley discussing efforts to promote Illinois soybeans to global buyers.

Watch Amazing 2017 Soybean Season and Lessons for 2018 Webinar

ILSoyAdvisor’s December webinar will be hosted by Emerson Nafziger, University of Illinois crop sciences professor. He will present a recap of weather and management that contributed to the 2017 season and how the information can be used to prepare for 2018. The webinar will be Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. Viewers can earn one continuing education unit (CEU) in crop management. Register here.

Nominate a CCA for Soybean Master Adviser Award

Do you know an experienced Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) in Illinois who has a passion for soybean management? Nominate him or her for the annual Soybean Master Adviser award, presented by the ISA checkoff program. The award is part of ISA’s effort to recognize CCAs for their contribution to soybean production in Illinois. Interested Illinois CCAs whose certification is active, and who are involved in soybean management are eligible. To nominate a CCA, complete the nomination form, provide a few examples of work and explain why the CCA deserves the award. The Soybean Master Adviser award winner will be selected by a panel of ISA board members, Illinois CCA board members and university professionals. Nominations are open until Dec. 10, 2017. Visit ilsoy.org/master_adviser for details. 

Learn to Lead Your Field in Yield

The 2018 ILSoyAdvisor Soybean Summit will provide tips to build bigger yields and better profits. The event will be held Jan. 11 at the Wyndham Springfield City Centre in Springfield. Farmer will learn about the latest technologies and management to shatter soybean yield barriers, including boron use, a risk management and commodity outlook, and habits of financially resilient farmers. Certified Crop Advisers may earn CEUs for individual breakout sessions. Check out the agenda and sign up to attend here.

Save the Date for the Better Beans Series

The ISA checkoff program will offer local agronomic solutions to your world of needs through a series of local, winter meetings. ILSoyAdvisor will bring the latest soybean management research and advice to five Illinois communities; Jan. 30, Polo; Jan. 31, Mendota; Feb. 1, Jacksonville; Feb. 6, Altamont; and Feb. 22, Fairview Heights. Programming is still under development, but will be tailored to specific challenges and needs of each region. Look for more information and registration in December.

Farmer Profitability Roadshow Coming in February

Year in and year out, some farmers achieve better profits than average. How do they do it? Join ISA, University of Illinois professor Gary Schnitkey, Farm Business Farm Management and other financial experts for a “Resilient Farmer Roadshow—Building Habits to Be a Successful Risk Manager.” The roadshow is coming mid-February to Dekalb, Galesburg, Bloomington, Altamont and Mt. Vernon. More details and registration information will be available soon.  

Keep an Eye Out For “Five Years, Six Secrets” Research Showcase

ISA in 2012 enlisted Fred Below, University of Illinois professor, for a first-of-its-kind study to look more holistically at intensive soybean management, and to identify those practices most critical to success. The January 2018 issue of Illinois Field & Bean will include a special eight-page section devoted to showcasing results from five years of research that led to the Six Secrets of Soybean Success. Additional copies of the report will be available at tradeshows and other ISA meetings and 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. District directors Jered Hooker, Tim Scates and David Droste are retiring, along with at-large directors C.W. Gaffner and John Hagenbuch. The process for district director elections officially begins in April 2018, but interested farmers are encouraged to consider the application process now. 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 2018, but interested farmers are encouraged to consider the application process now. 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.

Do You Belong to the 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. 

Farmers Invited to Join ISG’s Political Action Committee

Illinois soybean farmers are invited to participate in 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 the issues that matter most to Illinois farmers:  transportation efficiency, expanding animal agriculture, worldwide market access support, biodiesel, trade, energy, taxes and ag research. Farmers directly can support legislators who take a leadership role on soybean priorities and policies. 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

Wondering how to interpret your soil testing results? Look no further: http://bit.ly/2yW4yRW. Check out the tweet here. Follow @ILSoyAdvisor on Twitter for more soybean updates daily.