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Soybean Weekly Update - November 17, 2017

November 17, 2017



New Barn Open Houses Highlight Soybean Meal Market Growth

Two upcoming hog barn open houses will share the latest technology for raising pigs, which eat 74 percent of the soybean meal fed in Illinois. On Nov. 27, the Matt Bradshaw family will open their new barn at 33374 Mossy Mountain Road, northwest of Griggsville, Ill., in Pike County. On Nov. 29, Chad and Julie Krogman will host a barn open house in Carroll County at 4784 Valley Rd, northeast of Shannon, Ill. Both events will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and include a complimentary pork chop lunch. For more information or directions, contact Lindsey Henson or Laura Temple.

New Illinois Dicamba Training Website Available

The new labels for Engenia, Xtendimax and FeXapan require that applicators be certified to purchase these products and receive specific dicamba training to apply these products in 2018. The Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association (IFCA) has developed and launched an Illinois dicamba training website that provides resources to facilitate training, www.ifca.com/illinoisdicambatraining.com. The site features an explanation of the new requirements, Frequently Asked Questions, a resource page with labels, a recordkeeping form and other helpful guidance documents, a calendar of available training venues and the ability to register online for training events. Anyone in the soybean production system is encouraged to understand the requirements and importance of the stewardship of these products. Additional dicamba resources for farmers can be found at www.ilsoy.org.

Discovery Channel Highlights the Biodiesel Story

The story of biodiesel reached a national audience on Discovery’s HOT GREASE documentary, which premiered Nov. 16. The film offers a glimpse into the biodiesel industry’s entrepreneurs and workers. HOT GREASE specifically focuses on how spent cooking oil is reused into a renewable source of energy. Footage from National Biodiesel Board members appears in the film, offering insight into biodiesel’s impact on jobs, pollution and energy security. Watch it on Discovery Go and Discovery On Demand.

Film Sheds Light on GMOs as ISA Director Weighs In

The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA), which is partly funded by the ISA checkoff program, recently promoted the film “Food Evolution,” which explores the “good, bad and ugly of genetic engineering.” The film’s director, Scott Hamilton Kennedy, joined ISA director and USFRA board member Roberta Simpson-Dolbeare for an Ag Trade Media Teleconference. They answered questions about the film’s influence on consumer audiences and agriculture’s role in sharing the story of GMOs. Read Illinois AgriNews’ article featuring Simpson-Dolbeare here. The film is available on Hulu.

Applications Open for New Soybean Leadership Program

For the past eight years, the United Soybean Board’s (USB) See for Yourself program has helped evaluate checkoff programs and develop leaders. Now, USB is focused on identifying and developing leaders through its new USB Leadership Program. Up to nine U.S. soybean farmers will be selected to participate in this educational, three-part leadership program in 2018. The program will begin Jan. 29-30 with a two-day training at USB’s office in Chesterfield, Mo. The program will continue throughout the year, and wrap up with a multi-day tour of USB’s most innovative, domestic programs, while learning about USB’s international markets and how they accomplish the board’s goals and objectives. If you know someone interested in participating, please have them fill out the nomination form by Jan. 2, or visit USB Leadership Program. If you have questions, contact Jillian Baker at 314-746-1902.

University Researchers Seek Farmer Survey Participants

Aslihan Spaulding from Illinois State University and Scott Downey from Purdue University are asking for help in identifying the personality traits of U.S. farmers as related to the Big Five personality traits and entrepreneurship. Farmer participation in this study consists of completing an online questionnaire, which will take less than 10 minutes. If you wish to participate in this study, please follow this link to provide your consent and start the survey at U.S. Farmer Personality Traits.

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. 

Start 2018 on the Right Foot at ILSoyAdvisor Soybean Summit

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 will be forthcoming.

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 2018. 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

Once the fields are harvested, it's time for #PostHarvest management. Consider these resources from @UnitedSoy: http://bit.ly/2zE9RT0. Check out the tweet here. Follow @ILSoyAdvisor on Twitter for more soybean updates daily.