Weekly Update

Soybean Weekly Update - February 26, 2016

February 25, 2016

ISA Announces 2016 Corporate Partners

ISA is pleased to recognize the partners in its 2016 Corporate Partnership Program.  ISA partners with industry stakeholders to collaborate on education, research and legislative issues.  Joining ISA in 2016 are ADM, DuPont Pioneer and Monsanto BioAg at the Executive Level; Cargill and Monsanto/Asgrow at the Principal Level; Bunge North America, Dow AgroSciences and Syngenta at the Core Level; Beck’s Hybrids, Consolidated Grain & Barge and StollerUSA at the Association Level; Bayer CropScience/Credenz at the Affiliate level; and Akron Services, BASF, FarmServer, Rabo AgriFinance, U.S. Borax, Rumbold & Kuhn, The Andersons, Inc., and URSA Farmers Co-op at the Support Level.

ISA Supports U.S. Poultry Exports at Gulfood 2016

Several ISA directors attended Gulfood 2016 recently, a major global food trade show held in Dubai during the past two weeks.  They joined thousands of attendees from 170 countries in visiting the two-story exhibit for the U.S.A. Poultry and Egg Export Council (USAPEEC), which is funded in part by the Illinois soybean checkoff program and Indiana Soybean Alliance.  Meeting space within the exhibit allowed member companies to conduct export business during the show.  Poultry consume more than half the soybean meal fed in the U.S., so growing poultry exports translates to increased soybean meal demand.

Visit ISG at Commodity Classic for New Advocacy Effort

Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) will unveil new Voice for Soy efforts at booth 722 during this year’s Commodity Classic in New Orleans, March 3-5.  Learn how advocating is now easier than ever with fresh Voice for Soy features, and how select Illinois soybean farmers are providing a united voice to amplify the positive work of the Illinois soybean industry.  Also, get up to date on the key issues impacting you, such as Cuban trade opportunities, Waters of the United States (WOTUS) and GMO labeling.

One More Opportunity to Attend Illinois Soybean Summit

ISA will hold its annual Soybean Summit in just one more location this year.  The third free, one-day event will be held in Rockford, Ill., at Giovanni's Convention Center March 11.  The educational event will feature keynote and breakout session speakers from university research programs, crop consulting firms, agricultural media and more.  Participants also may visit the exhibit area.   Register here.

ISA Slates Biodiesel Fuel Distributor Trainings

Illinois soybean checkoff program funds are supporting two fuel distributor trainings next week.  Trainings will be held at AgView FS in Princeton, Ill., March 2 and ConservFS in Woodstock, Ill., March 3.  The sessions educate fuel distributor staff about the latest advances in biodiesel to promote increased use.

Upcoming ILSoyAdvisor Webinar: Sulfur’s Role in Soybean Production

ISA will host another free webinar March 10.  Wesley Haun, agronomist with H.J. Baker & Bro., will present information focusing on the importance of sulfur in soybean production.  One continuing education unit (CEU) in nutrient management is available.  Register here.

Phosphorus Management Webinar Series

The Illinois soybean checkoff program, Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association and Illinois Certified Crop Advisers are hosting a webinar series, “Rethinking Phosphorus Management,” starting in mid-March.  Each of three webinars will focus on findings in phosphorus research and provide attendees with the latest best management practices to manage phosphorus loss.  Speakers include Laura Christianson, assistant professor of water quality, University of Illinois; Antonio P. Mallarino, professor of soil fertility and nutrient management and Extension specialist, Iowa State University; and Tom Bruulsema, PhD, CCA, phosphorus program director, International Plant Nutrition Institute.  Stay tuned for specific dates, times and topics.  A total of three CEUs in nutrient management will be available.

Dicamba-Resistant Soybean Varieties Tackle Tough Weeds

Soybean farmers with an abundance of waterhemp and horseweed may benefit from using Monsanto’s dicamba-resistant soybean varieties in 2016.  Aaron Hager, associate professor of crop sciences at the University of Illinois, reminds producers to also follow label guidelines, regardless of which soybean variety is planted.  ISA hosted a webinar Feb. 24 with Lance Tarochione, Monsanto technical agronomist and Soy CCA Envoy, discussing new varieties. The summary will be available on ILSoyAdvisor.com.

Register for NREC Phosphorus Runoff Webinar

The Illinois Nutrient Research and Education Council (NREC) is hosting a webinar focusing on the effects of phosphorus runoff.  Kristin Greer, senior research specialist at the University of Illinois, will discuss the research project in detail, March 2, from 9-10 a.m.  Click here to register.

McLean County is Highest Soybean-Producing County in U.S.

According to data from USDA and the National Agricultural Statistics Service, McLean County in Illinois produced the most bushels of soybeans out of any county in the United States in 2015.  McLean County farmers produced approximately 19.341 million bushels of soybeans.  Average yield per acre was 64.6 bushels.  Additional data about soybean production for Illinois counties is available here.

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