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 Oct 17, 2019

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Illinois Dicamba Labels 2020

Paraquat Label Changes & Training Requirements Q&A

The new paraquat labels that will come out later this year will require anyone who applies paraquat to be a certified applicator, similar to the requirement on the dicamba soybean labels.  The new paraquat labels will also require product specific training, an on-line program will allow applicators to meet that requirement and print a certificate. Paraquat currently in stock should still have the old ...more

New Law Removes License Plates on Fertilizer Trailers, Floaters on Jan 1, 2020

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

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.  

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Illinois Soil Temperatures

  Today we are featuring yesterday's 4 inch bare soil temps at noon.  
WARM map displaying temperature data throughout the state (also see table below)

IFCA Twitter

IFCA's Dan Schaefer / Jason Solberg are harvesting beans at Douglas County #NREC site. The @IllinoisNrec project is… https://t.co/Zsi7VtC2qu
The Illinois Dept of Ag has announced a cutoff date of June 20 and a temperature cutoff of 85 degrees for dicamba f… https://t.co/MLk8VHWPo9
IFCA would like to thank Rep. Nathan Reitz for coming down to Gateway FS in Redbud yesterday. We talked about ferti… https://t.co/rbPsTWzFOX
There is still time to sign up IFCA/IDOA ammonia safety class in Bloomington on Oct 11. This is the last class of t… https://t.co/zQmzIXJ8YC
Another great legislative tour today! IFCA would like to thank Rep @LanceYednock for visiting Northern Partner in P… https://t.co/tSDyUXlYND

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IFCA's Dan Schaefer / Jason Solberg are harvesting beans at Douglas County NREC site. The NREC project is studying broadcast vs deep placement, varying tillage practices, row spacing and cover crops vs no covercrops. #Fertilizer #agretailers #agretail #ag #aginputs #agriculture #agnews
Illinois farmers using dicamba-tolerant technology face additional restrictions in 2020. The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) has announced a cutoff date of June 20 and a temperature cutoff of 85 degrees Fahrenheit for dicamba formulations used with the Xtend cropping system. These new cutoff requirements are in addition to the federal label requirements that apply to Engenia, XtendiMax, FeXapan and Tavium. Illinois is the first state toannounce stricter requirements for the coming year in an attempt to give farmers answers as they purchase seed for next season. In a news release, IDOA Director John Sullivan said the Department will be forwarding a 24 (c) registration request to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) for Illinois specific labels for the use of dicamba on soybeans in 2020 requiring the following additional provisions: Story here: https://bit.ly/2IJuCTs
IFCA would like to thank State Rep. Nathan Reitz for coming down to Gateway FS in Redbud yesterday. We talked about fertilizer, transportation, seed treatments and other issues facing Illinois AG retailers.Thanks again to Gateway FS for hosting and for Rep Reitz for making time in his busy schedule to visit. #friendofag
There is still time to sign up for the IFCA and IL Dept of Ag Anhydrous Ammonia Safety Class in Bloomington at the Agricenter on October 11, at 9am. Lunch will be provided. This is the last class of the year. Register here: https://t.co/eQiCWw4yEq This is a great class for retailers and farmers to get a better understanding of anhydrous ammonia safety. #Fertilizer #agretailers #agretail #agnews #agronomy #agriculture #
Another great legislative tour today! IFCA would like to thank Rep Lance Yednock for visiting Northern Partners in Peru. We talked about river issues, CDL driver shortage, 4R's, anhydrous ammonia and the Illinois business climate. @AgRetailers @Fertilizer_Inst #AgRetail #Fertilizer #ag https://t.co/VUkTpmBgFd

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