Weekly Update

Soybean Weekly Update - October 20, 2017

October 20, 2017

ISA Invests in Top Customers through Animal Agriculture Alliance

As a member of the Animal Agriculture Alliance, the ISA checkoff program provides support for issues affecting the top customers of Illinois soybeans. The meat and poultry industry consumes 98 percent of U.S. soybean meal. For 30 years, the Animal Agriculture Alliance has provided a unified voice for animal agriculture, and has worked to bridge communication between farm and fork. The organization connects stakeholders in food and agriculture and engages relevant influencers. It also protects the industry from misinformation spread by opposition groups, addressing issues related to animal care, sustainability and the value of high-quality protein in diets. Learn more about this industry partner 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.

Illinois Senators Call for RFS Biodiesel Volume Support

A bi-partisan group of 33 senators wrote a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt, urging the EPA to increase the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) biodiesel volumes for 2019. EPA has proposed holding biomass-based diesel volume stagnant, which could hurt soybean farmers’ profitability, curb growth in the agriculture industry and take away jobs in rural America. Illinois Senators Tammy Duckworth-D and Richard Durbin-D signed the letter. Read it here.

Time Winding Down to Enter 2017 Yield Challenge

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.

Take a Trip to the Capital of Soybean Knowledge with ISA

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. Look for more details and registration to open Nov. 1.

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

This was a tough year for weed control, but there are some great learnings to take into next year: http://bit.ly/2yU2YMe. Check out the tweet here. Follow @ILSoyAdvisor on Twitter for more soybean updates daily.