Weekly Update

Soybean Weekly Update - January 8, 2016

January 07, 2016

ISA Announces 2015 Yield Challenge Winners

ISA recently announced winners in the Illinois soybean checkoff-funded Yield Challenge. The competition challenges soybean farmers throughout all nine crop reporting districts to set up side-by-side plots. 
Fifteen participants are recognized for having the highest yields in their respective crop districts:
District 1: First, Roger Cogdal with 92.13 bu./acre.  Second, Alan Madison with 91.48 bu./acre.
District 2: First, Ralph and Don Walters with 85.54 bu./acre.  Second, Dan Arkels with 85.41 bu./acre.
District 3: First, Grant Strom with 88.73 bu./acre.  Second, Brad Hunt with 81.02 bu./acre.
District 4: First, John Obery with 79.5 bu./acre.  Second, John Breedlove with 59.63 bu./acre.
District 5: First, Robert and Jason Lakey with 108.27 bu./acre.  Second, Joe Klein with 95.26 bu./acre.
District 6: First, Randall Williamson with 85.76 bu./acre.  Second, David Wessel with 81.4 bu./acre.
District 7: First, Mark Niebrugge with 87.02 bu./acre.  Second, Chad and Kyle Kuenstler with 82.91 bu.
District 8: First, Matt Krausz with 93.94 bu./acre.  Second, Mark Krausz with 89.68 bu./acre.
District 9: First: Russ Brazier with 87.58 bu./acre.
The side-by-side Yield Challenge plot competition identifies strategies that increase yields.  Participants grow soybeans on one plot using standard practices and on a similar plot using innovative practices.  First-place winners will be awarded a $500 cash prize.  Second-place winners will receive $250.  Winners are District 2: First place, John Weberpal, 10.97 percent increase; District 2: Second place, Chuck Diehl, 8.12 percent increase; and District 4: First place, John Breedlove, 9.22 percent increase.
As previously released, one Yield Challenge participant produced a new Illinois state record bushel-per-acre yield.  The yield is only the second independently verified 100-plus bushel-per-acre soybean yield in Illinois history.  Champaign County farmers Robert and Jason Lakey produced a yield average of 108.27, making them the official 100-Bushel Winner of $5,000.  The 2015 Yield Challenge winners and top achievers will be recognized at a special dinner Feb. 24, the night before the 2016 Soybean Summit in Peoria, Ill.  Information regarding the 2016 Yield Challenge is available at soyyieldchallenge.com.

Register Now for 2016 Illinois Soybean Summit

ISA will hold its annual Soybean Summit in three locations this year.  The free, one-day events will be held in Effingham, Ill., at the Keller Convention Center Jan. 29; in Peoria, Ill., at the Peoria Civic Center Feb. 25; and in Rockford, Ill., at Giovanni's Convention Center March 11.  These informational and educational events feature keynote and breakout session speakers from university research programs, crop consulting firms, agricultural media and more.  Participants also have the opportunity to visit the exhibit area and discover tools, technologies and resources for their farms.   Register here.

ISA Sponsors IFCA Annual Convention

ISA, with funding from the Illinois soybean checkoff, is supporting the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association's (IFCA) annual convention, Jan. 19-21, at the Peoria Convention Center.  ISA will sponsor coffee and donut breaks and will videotape portions of the event.  ISA also will promote ILSoyAdvisor, summer field days and certified crop adviser (CCA) partnerships.  IFCA Learn more here.

ILSoyAdvisor: Dealing with Waterhemp Resistance

Research indicates about 20 percent of waterhemp in Illinois is resistant to glyphosate alone, while five percent iteps to control waterhemp include starting clean using burndown herbicides or tillage and including a pre-/residual herbicide.  Read more about control the rest of the season from Stephanie Porter here.

ILSoyAdvisor Webinar: Six Secrets Research and High Yield Soybeans

During the next free ILSoyAdvisor.com webinar, Fred Below, University of Illinois crop physiologist, will review his latest findings on "The Six Secrets of Soybean Success."  The webinar is from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Jan. 27.  CCAs can earn on credit in crop management.  To register and learn more, click here.

Profitability Matters Returns Next Week

Tune in to RFD Radio Network and select independent ag radio stations next week for more tips on keeping your operation profitable.  Next week’s guest expert is Brent Gloy, agricultural economist with Agricultural Economics Insights, who will share his perspective on farmland values and cash rents to help farmers stay profitable in 2016.  Past recordings are available on ILSoyAdvisor.com and ILSoy.org.

Apply for Soybean Checkoff's See for Yourself Program

The See for Yourself program, which is funded through the national soybean checkoff, offers 10 soybean farmers from around the country the opportunity to see and evaluate the work of the checkoff firsthand. 
All U.S. soybean farmers over the age of 18 can apply through April 1 by visiting the United Soybean Board's (USB) website. The program is tentatively scheduled for Aug. 8-12, 2016.

USMEF Adds Value to Soybean Checkoff Investments

According to their 2015 annual report, the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) adds $1.57 in USDA and third-party funds to every checkoff dollar invested from soybean farmers and other commodity checkoff associations.  With that investment, USMEF has steadily helped grow U.S. meat exports during the past 10 years.  For example, ISA supports a significant USMEF pork promotion campaign in Mexico, where 2015 U.S. pork exports will likely set a new volume record for the fourth consecutive year.  Pork exports translate to more need for soybean meal for feed, the top market for Illinois soybean meal.

Learn More About the Value-Added Benefits of Biodiesel

Research shows the biodiesel industry supports Illinois soybean farmers by creating a market for soybean oil and increasing soybean prices by 63 cents per bushel.  But biodiesel benefits stretch beyond farmers’ fields.  Fleets and municipalities look to biodiesel for its economic and environmental incentives.  Biodiesel reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 57 to 86 percent.  For some fleets, like the 2,100 buses operated by Cook-Illinois Corporation, that cuts carbon dioxide emissions equivalent to planting roughly 3,000 trees.  Read more about the value-add benefits of biodiesel in Illinois Field & Bean magazine.

Flooding Affects Illinois Soybean Farmers and Transportation

Southern Illinois farmers spent the first few days of the new year protecting stored grain, equipment, livestock and homes from record or near-record water levels caused by excessive rain over the past two weeks throughout the mid-Mississippi River region.  As of Jan. 5, Governor Bruce Rauner declared 23 counties along the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers disaster areas, including Cass, Cumberland, Iroquois, Lawrence, Marion, Menard, Moultrie, Pike, Richland, Sangamon, Vermilion, Calhoun, Jackson, Jersey, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair, Alexander, Christian, Clinton, Douglas, and Morgan.  The high water has affected river barge operations by reducing tow size and speed and even halting movement altogether.   Farmers can stay informed with updated water levels available from the National Weather Service River Observation and daily river operations conditions available from Ingram Marine Group.

Illinois Farm Families Social Media Presence Grows

In the last quarter of 2015, Illinois Farm Families (IFF) grew its presence on social media by sponsoring a Twitter chat that reached more than one million people.  IFF joined Instagram to share Illinois farming images with consumers.  As IFF’s social media following grows, so does the need for farmers to be present in the conversations happening online.  To follow along with IFF efforts and get involved, join the Illinois Farm Families Community group on Facebook or volunteer for IFF in other capacities.

Attend the 2016 Bi-State Crop Advantage Series

University of Illinois Extension and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach are working together to present research on crop production and management this month.  Topics range from cover crops to weed management to soil fertility and more.  Register here for the Moline, Ill., conference Jan. 29.  CCAs can earn up to six credits.  Early registration is $50 and late and on-site registration is $60.

Women Farmers Encouraged to Attend Annie's Project Program

Annie's Project, a farm management program for women sponsored by University of Illinois Extension and Fulton County Farm Bureau, will hold several three-hour sessions in February and March in Lewistown, Ill.  Topics include business planning, family communication, financial records, insurance, land value, leases, retirement and estate planning, risk management and government farm programs.  Registration is $50, and the deadline to register is Feb. 1.  More details are available here

ISA Seeks Crop Sciences College Students for Scholarships

College students who will be juniors in the fall of 2016 are invited to apply for one of up to five crop sciences scholarships funded through the soybean checkoff.  Scholarships are worth $4,000 each for the 2016-17 school year, and will be awarded to students majoring in crop sciences at Illinois State University, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign or Western Illinois University.  Guidelines and all application materials are available at www.iaafoundation.org.  Direct any questions to Susan Moore, IAA Foundation director and program administrator, at 309-557-2230 or smoore@ilfb.org.  Completed applications must be postmarked on or before Feb. 1, 2016.

IAA Foundation Offers Dwain Ford Memorial Soybean Scholarship

The IAA Foundation is offering the first Dwain Ford Memorial Soybean Scholarship for next school year.  Established by colleagues, friends and family to honor the memory of the long-time leader, the scholarship is a $1,000 award for a student studying an agriculture-related field who is or was active in 4-H and FFA.  In addition to general eligibility criteria, students will address an essay asking:  How are soybeans grown in Illinois having a global impact?  Students can apply online at www.iaafoundation.org between now and Feb. 1, 2016.  For more information on this scholarship, or to support education through donations, please call IAA Foundation Director Susan Moore at 309-557-2230.

Apply for Illinois Ag Leadership Program

Applications are open for the Illinois Agricultural Leadership Program (IALP) Class of 2018. The two-year program is designed for those in agribusiness or in production agriculture.  Through a unique combination of educational seminars and travel experiences, IALP opens doors to contacts and knowledge and for personal and professional growth.  The Illinois Agricultural Leadership Foundation (IALF), which sponsors the IALP, will soon select participants for the leadership class.  The application period is open until Feb. 29, 2016.  Visit the website at www.agleadership.org for further information or to apply.

ISG Schedules Annual Policy Session and Meeting

All ISG members are invited to attend the ISG Policy Session Feb. 5 at the ISA office in Bloomington from 8 a.m.–11 a.m.  The purpose of the session is to allow ISG members and the ISG Board of Directors to review current ASA Resolutions for changes and amendments that will be presented at Commodity Classic in New Orleans in March 2016.  The resolutions are available for viewing at www.ilsoygrowers.com by clicking on "Download 2015 ASA Resolutions."  You also may contact Judy Smith at smithj@ilsoy.org or at 309-808-3612 and she will email you the file.  In addition, the ISG annual meeting will be held the same day from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.  The purpose is to provide reports on association activities, approve the acts and deeds of the directors and staff, and to transact such other business as may properly come before the meeting.  ISG members are invited to attend lunch from 12 p.m. –1 p.m.  Contact Dustin Scott at scottd@ilsoy.org, 888-826-4011 or 309-808-3603 by Feb. 2, 2016, if you plan to attend. 
Several Illinois districts are expected to have openings next year for soybean farmers interested in serving on the ISA board.  Farmers are invited to attend the upcoming meeting to learn more about the board.  New directors will be seated Aug. 1, 2016.  For more information, contact ISA Staff.

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