Weekly Update

Soybean Weekly Update - November 3, 2017

November 03, 2017

ISA to Promote Biodiesel at Tow Trucks for Tots

During the annual Tow Trucks for Tots event on Nov. 12, the ISA checkoff program will help bring toys to needy children while also promoting 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. Rebecca Richardson, ISA biodiesel lead, says the partnership benefits children two ways – getting new toys for the holidays and getting healthier air because of biodiesel’s reduced particulate emissions. Tow Trucks for Tots also is a great opportunity for ISA to promote the economic, performance and environmental benefits of B20 biodiesel to a new audience. For more information, visit towtrucksfortots.com.

ISA-Sponsored Activities Support Poultry Sales in Chile and Peru

Seminars and in-store promotions in Chile and Peru managed by the U.S.A. Poultry and Egg Export Council (USAPEEC) and funded in part by the ISA checkoff program have increased poultry sales in those countries. In Chile, 94 percent of survey respondents at supermarkets rated U.S. poultry good or excellent. And a seminar about cold chain food safety and quality in Peru reached retail and processing decision makers. Chickens and turkeys eat more than half the soybean meal produced in the U.S., so growth in poultry exports translates to greater soybean meal demand.

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. 

Get 2017 Yield Challenge Entries in before Nov. 15

The 2017 ILSoyAdvisor.com Yield Challenge contest is still open for entries. 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.  

Upcoming ILSoyAdvisor Webinar to Discuss P and K

Illinois soybean farmers can learn more about managing phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) during the next ILSoyAdvisor webinar. PotashCorp Agronomy Director Robert Mullen, Ph.D., will describe P and K behavior in soil, the importance of routine soil sampling, tips for making fertilizer decisions, and why good soybean nutrition helps growers be more profitable. The event will be held Nov. 9 from 10-11 a.m. with one continuing education unit in nutrient management. Be sure to register here.

ISA Bringing Agronomic Experts to a Town Near You

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.

ISA to Offer Soybean Summit in January

The 2018 ILSoyAdvisor Soybean Summit will be held Jan. 11 in Springfield, Ill., at the Wyndham Springfield City Centre. Attendees will find in one place the tools, resources and information they need to shatter soybean yield barriers. Check out the agenda and register for the event 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.

Consider ISG Membership Program Options

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. 

Become Involved: Participate in 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.

Tweet of the Week

If you've got #BigBeans, there's still time to win ISA's 2017 #SoyYieldChallenge. Enter here: http://bit.ly/17SoyYieldChallenge. Check out the tweet here. Follow @ILSoyAdvisor on Twitter for more soybean updates daily.