Weekly Update

Weekly Update

November 01, 2018

Tuesday’s the Day

Tuesday is election day – one of the most important days of the year. Participating in civic duty is not only good for soybean producers, it also is good for the industry. Leaders elected this month set policy that impacts all of us. Check registration status, polling places and more here. Illinois Soybean Growers encourages you to make your voice heard Nov. 6.

Current Soybean Exports Reflect Trade Wars

Roughly two months into the 2018-19 marketing year, soybean exports are 65 percent less than last year. Although shipments to countries other than China have increased 2.8 million metric tons, shipments to China are 6.2 million metric tons less than last year. Most of the rest of the world has turned to the U.S. for soybeans, with increasing purchase commitments from countries like Mexico, Egypt, Iran, Spain and the Netherlands. ISA continues to build new soybean markets and encourage trade agreements.

American Soybean Association Responds to EPA Dicamba Decision

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this week announced a two-year registration for dicamba for the 2019-2020 seasons. Only certified applicators will be allowed to apply dicamba over the top, with application on soybeans 45 days or longer after planting prohibited. Only two over-the-top applications will be allowed. ASA appreciates EPA’s role in reviewing crop protection tools for their safety and usefulness for producers and supports EPA’s efforts to ensure continued stewardship of those products. ASA and farmers stand ready to work with the EPA and other stakeholders to identify ways to improve the use of this product.

2018 Yield Challenge Entry Deadline is Nov. 15

Yield Challenge harvest entry forms are due Nov. 15. Call or email Bob Wells, ISA Yield Challenge coordinator, if you have questions or need assistance with scheduling harvest verification for the 100-Bushel Challenge. Wells can be reached at bwells@ilsoy.org or 217-649-0925. To learn more about the Yield Challenge, click here.

CCA Soy Envoy Provides 2018 Soybean Season Audit

CCA Soy Envoy Todd Steinacher is looking back at management decisions and tools growers used in the 2018 season. He updates readers in his final ILSoyAdvisor blog with the challenges and successes he observed this year and how they could impact the 2019 season. Read more of Steinacher’s articles and get the latest local, in-season actionable advice by clicking here.

Reserve Your Spot for Vermilion Headwaters Field Day

Farmers interested in learning more about how cover crops can improve soil while contributing to profitability may join the Vermilion Headwaters Watershed Partnership for a Cover Crop Field Day and market outlook focused on the 2019 crop year. The Nov. 13 event begins at 9 a.m. with a look at cover crop plantings at Jim Ifft’s farm, 21748 E 500 North Rd, Fairbury. Then, travel down the road to an operation that incorporates strip-till with cover crop rotation. The event will wrap up with a free lunch and economic outlook presentation from University of Illinois ag economist Gary Schnitkey. To reserve a spot, contact Becky Taylor at the Livingston County Soil and Water Conservation District, 815-844-6127, ext. 3, by Nov. 6.

MRBI Funding Opportunities Available to Eligible Producers

The Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watershed Initiative (MRBI) works to improve water quality by providing targeted funding and technical resources to agricultural producers in the areas that need it most. The Vermillion Headwaters MRBI currently is accepting applications for 2019. Producers in the priority area can apply for targeted funds made available through an agreement between the NRCS and the Vermilion Headwaters Watershed (VHW) Partnership. Eligible conservation practices include, but are not limited to, cover crops, nutrient management and reduced tillage. For more information or to apply for funds, contact in , 815-844-6127, ext. 3; and in Ford County, , 217-379-4388, ext. 3.

Take Your Precision Ag Skills to the Next Level

The editors of Corn + Soybean Digest and Farm Futures are putting together two days of precision ag learning and application with the Farm Progress Tech Forum. It’s the chance to learn the latest practices and ideas and overhaul your in-field skills and farm data application and understanding. The event is Nov. 27-28 at the Coralville Marriott & Conference Center in Iowa City, Iowa. Click the link to view the speakers and topics and register to reserve your spot.

World Soil Day is December 5

USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) Soil Science Division is counting down the days to World Soil Day, Dec. 5. In 2002, the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) adopted a resolution proposing World Soil Day to celebrate the importance of soil as a critical component of the natural system and as a vital contributor to human well-being. Under the leadership of the Kingdom of Thailand and within the framework of the Global Soil Partnership, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) supported formal establishment of the day in 2013. Follow the countdown here to learn more about the science of soil.

Be Informed. Stay Connected.

Did you know anyone can be an ISA informational member? It’s a free way to stay connected to all things associated with growing Illinois soybeans - from production practices to advocacy efforts. For more information, contact Andrew Larson.

Join ISG’s Political Action Committee and Make a Difference

Illinois soybean farmers are invited to join the Illinois Soybean Growers Political Action Committee (ISGPAC).  ISGPAC provides farmers with strong involvement in political races and a way to talk with legislators about key issues. 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

Did you know you can apply for funds from the Vermilion Headwaters Watershed for your #covercrop, nutrient management and reduced tillage programs? See more tweets from @ILSoyAdvisor and “follow” along on Twitter.