Weekly Update

Weekly Update

November 08, 2018

ISG Offers Post-Election Commentary

Voters across the country made their voices heard this week. On issues, healthcare and the tone of politics were top-of-mind for voters. The Democratic Party captured the U.S. House by capturing seats from southern California to the suburban Southeast. Republicans added to their U.S. Senate majority, winning seats in several states. In Illinois, incumbent Gov. Bruce Rauner lost his bid for a second term to JB Pritzker, and several seats flipped to Democrats in the Illinois General Assembly. On the legislative agenda for the lame duck session in Washington, D.C. are the farm bill and possible USMCA (NAFTA 2.0). Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) sees great optimism that in early 2019 Congress and President Trump could negotiate a large infrastructure deal. In Illinois, many issues will emerge of importance to agriculture and the state as a whole.

ISG Congratulates Governor-Elect Pritzker

Lynn Rohrscheib, ISG chairwoman, released the following after JB Pritzker was elected as Illinois’ governor. “…On behalf of Illinois’ 43,000 soybean growers, we look forward to working with Governor-elect Pritzker to ensure the continued success of soybean production in Illinois. We share Pritzker’s enthusiasm for ‘no small plans for Illinois’ and we echo those sentiments in the soybean industry. To remain the nation’s top soybean producing state, it will require partnership at all levels to champion for infrastructure improvements, market growth opportunities both domestic and abroad, and innovative solutions to pressing issues…”

ASA Asks Congress to Keep Negotiating Farm Bill

Now that the midterm elections are over, the American Soybean Association (ASA) has reiterated its request for the lame duck Congress to pass a new five-year farm bill that can provide greater certainty and long-term stability during a down farm economy and time of trade strife. ASA also stresses the need for a commitment to conservation practices, agricultural research and expanding new markets for soybeans. ASA remains positive the House and Senate Agriculture Committees can resolve differences between their respective bills, agree on a compromise version and approve a Conference Report rather than extend the 2014 farm bill.

Student Scientists May Apply for National Biodiesel Conference Funds

Know any science majors interested in learning more about the biodiesel industry? Encourage them to apply for a scholarship to attend the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo, Jan. 21 to 24 in San Diego. Scholarship winners receive complimentary conference registration, a travel scholarship, preconference biodiesel education, and mentoring opportunities with prominent biodiesel scientists. ISA supports the event and all its activities through a gold-level sponsorship. Representatives of ISA and the B20 Club will attend to foster relationships and share information with other biodiesel stakeholders. Application deadline is Nov. 19. Learn more and apply here.  

ISA Backs Strategic Meat Exports

At the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) Strategic Planning Conference in Long Beach, Calif., this week, ISA board members and staff received up-to-date information on the current trade situation for U.S. pork and beef. Highlights included discussions on trade, the potential impact of midterm elections and labor and transportation logistics. Attendees participated in a tour of the Port of Long Beach, similar to the tour ISA held following Commodity Classic 2018. The ISA checkoff program has funded pork promotion efforts in Central America and the Dominican Republic, where pork exports are surging and setting records. Several small countries in the region are now top 20 markets for U.S. pork. In addition, progress resolving steel and aluminum trade issues with Mexico, where ISA also funds pork promotion, could relieve pork tariffs. Illinois pigs and cattle consume about 85 percent of the soybean meal fed in the state, so supporting markets for U.S. pork and beef ensures soybean demand.

CCA Soy Envoy Offers Seed Decision Tips for 2019

One of the most important decisions producers can make this fall is selecting seed varieties for 2019, CCA Soy Envoy Kelli Bassett says in her latest blog. Bassett reminds producers to consider the herbicide trait package, variety maturity, standability and more when making seed selections. Read more of her articles and get the latest local, in-season actionable advice here.

Webinar Examines 100-Bushel Yield Gap

The ILSoyAdvisor webinar series will begin the season Nov. 28 at 10 a.m. with CCA Soy Envoy Todd Steinacher sharing his insights on the 100-bushel yield gap. A few producers have broken 100-bushel soybean yields. The world record is 171 bushels. Yet for many, field yields remain in the 50 to 75-bushel range. The webinar will explore why this gap exists and what factors determine final yield. Steinacher will focus on five things producers can evaluate in the system, how to tweak current management and what practices can close the gap. Register here.

Save the Date for ILSoyAdvisor Soybean Summit

The annual Soybean Summit will be held Feb. 5 at the Crowne Plaza Springfield. The event will run 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will educate producers and industry participants on various management techniques that can lead to higher yields and greater profitability. More information will be coming soon, and online registration will open later this month.

ISA’s ILSoyAdvisor Profitability Radio Returns 

ISA’s popular Profitability Radio Program will kick off again this month. The program connects ISA activities with farmers throughout the state via local RFD network stations and several independent radio stations. Kicking off this year's program will be ISA Chairwoman Lynn Rohrscheib bringing awareness to the challenge that healthcare and health insurance present to Illinois producers and where producers can seek support for managing difficult decisions.

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.

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

Wet weather can cause issues in diagnosing diseases on mature soybean plants #KYGrains https://t.co/uv3cmufcJk. See more tweets from @ILSoyAdvisor and “follow” along on Twitter.