Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association
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To assist and represent the crop production supply and service industry while promoting the sound stewardship and utilization of agricultural inputs.
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Updated Jun 19, 2019

Staying In The Know

Items of Interest

Regulatory Alert

In The News

Dicamba Application Extended to July 15

New IL Ammonia Rules & Compliance Guide

There are several important compliance requirements for Illinois ammonia facilities and nurse tanks that go into effect on December 31, 2020. Click below to view the NH3 Rules Compliance Guide or to download the regulations (8 IL Adm Code Part 215).

Worker Protection Standard (WPS)

On November 2015 USEPA revised the worker protection standards to implement more protection for agricultural workers and pesticide handlers. Most of the revised WPS standards became effective on January 2018.  The WPS requires commercial pesticide handler employers to provide specific information and protections to workers, handlers when WPS-labeled pesticide products are used on agricultural establishments in the production of agricultural plants.  Additional resources on Worker ...more

Managing Nutrients in Spring 2019

A summary of corn response to N rates in 2018 is posted below.  On March 1, 2019 Dr. Nafziger (UI  Emeritus Professor) provided guidance on managing nitrogen in spring 2019.  You can download the slides from the presentation below, or click here to listen to the recorded webinar:   https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8955969006796323841 (you can listen and self-report 1 CEU NM).  

Illinois MRTN Guide, Apple App and Video Below

Uniform Carrier Registration

NREC Cover Crop Guidance Document

Applicator Training Course

The Applicator Training Course is up and running in Bloomington, IL.  Asmark in collaboration with AGCO developed the course for new applicators with less than five years’ experience.  Click here to see a video of the obstacle course along with information on registering for the course.   http://farmweeknow.com/story-agrichemical-industry-sets-safety-bar-high-new-applicators-5-161200    

NTIP Markings for Anhydrous Ammonia Nurse Tanks

There may be some confusion on markings on nurse tanks that are enrolled into the NTIP program.  The DOT-SP 13554 is no longer required as a marking on the side of the nurse tanks.  Click below for examples of current markings that are acceptable and markings that would be considered a violation. 

Restricted CDL For Transporting Ammonia Nurse Tanks

Click below for the application form to the IL Sec of State to obtain a restricted CDL for transporting ammonia nurse tanks.  

Upcoming Events

IFCA Twitter

IFCA encourages applicator stewardship with new #dicamba deadline. IFCA President Jean Payne talks to Brownfield Ne… https://t.co/Eae0ngesit
IFCA's Dan Schaefer is in Iroquois County today putting in another #NREC #nitrogen trial. IFCA is working with Joh… https://t.co/k17qS2dBVx
The IL Dept of Ag announced today it will extend the deadline for dicamba application on soybeans in Illinois for t… https://t.co/ijKTtUhRjz
IFCA's Dan Schaefer / Jason Solberg are west of Thayer this morning doing a #NREC #nitrogen rate trial. This field… https://t.co/KREmpgCaHH
After late-night discussions, Illinois House passes budget for 2020 fiscal year. The House came to an agreement on… https://t.co/n7YacfnOwG

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IFCA ENCOURAGES APPLICATOR STEWARDSHIP WITH NEW DICAMBA DEADLINE The Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association says they preferred the original June 30th state dicamba application deadline. “It was the number one thing our members recommended after the previous two seasons as to how to best manage the stewardship of this product. Having said that, we understand the pressure that [Illinois Department of Agriculture] Director Sullivan was under and all of the things he had to consider.” Jean Payne says they support the Illinois Department of Agriculture and are working with the new July 15th application deadline. She tells Brownfield they are encouraging their members to keep stewardship a priority when making dicamba application decisions as warmer weather approaches. “As I am applying this product, am I applying it in a way that it is going to successfully coexist with everything around it? That is going to be the key to success for this technology.” Payne says most commercial applicators in Illinois were done applying dicamba by June 15th last year, and because of delayed soybean planting the majority have yet to start this year. Story here: https://t.co/sH0zM4CJk3
IFCA's Dan Schaefer is in Iroquois County today putting in another NREC nitrogen trial. IFCA is working with John Lubin & Donovan Farmers Coop on this trial. We can't thank them enough for the help. #agretailers #agresearch #AgNews #4R
The Illinois Dept of Ag announced today it will extend the deadline for dicamba application on soybeans in Illinois for the 2019 growing season until July 15th. To read IFCA's statement and recommendations to ag retailers and farmers click here: https://bit.ly/2WEaifu #dicamba #illinoisag
IFCA's Dan Schaefer / Jason Solberg are west of Thayer this morning doing a NREC nitrogen rate trial. This field is in the Lake Springfield watershed. #4R #Fertilizer #agriculture #4R #ILNLRS #ammonia #sidedress #agnews #agtwitter #ag
After late-night discussions, Illinois House passes budget for 2020 fiscal year. The House came to an agreement on a $40.628 billion spending plan, on the last day of regular session. House members voted 83-35 on the measure. Story Here: https://bit.ly/2JR1BaW #illinois #ag #agriculture #Illinoisgeneralassembly #illinoisbudget

Keep It 4R Crop Twitter

Ready to sidedress late planted corn? Get fresh advice on N source and rate from UI in this June 7 Bulletin: https://t.co/zIlop76INg
Timely and optimistic recommendations on tillage, planting and fertility management for Illinois farmers and crop a… https://t.co/MYXSgSFOXA
Get updated Illinois N rate recommendations on your smartphone. Type "MRTN Rate Calculator" in the Apple Store. H… https://t.co/xv1MAaxCoy
Nitrate levels are elevated in Central Illinois lakes. This resource from UI and the updated N Calculator provides… https://t.co/LuuLyqv1H5
IFCA congratulates Dan Schaefer, our Director of Nutrient Stewardship, who was named Champaign County IL Farm Leade… https://t.co/zIbYkcNgVc