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.
Updated Apr 25, 2018

Staying In The Know

Items of Interest

Regulatory Alert

In The News

IFCA and Agrible Partner to Track 4R Progress in Illinois

Ag retailers will soon be able to report progress on the 4Rs for acres they custom apply, thanks to a new partnership between IFCA and Agrible.  Read about it here.

Dicamba Stewardship, Training & Links to Illinois Specialty Crop and Sensitive Areas

Classroom training ended on March 28, 2018.  Click here to learn about on-line training opportunities and for other dicamba resources. 
 
Link to FieldWatch / DriftWatch.  FieldWatch is a Illinois Specialty Crop Registry.
 
Link to Illinois Department of Nature Resources Sensitive Areas. This map is a interactive state map that outlines areas with unspecified threatened and endangered species.

The University of Illinois Bulletin below contains a four step process for successful dicamba use in 2018.  See also the IFCA Regulatory Alert and the IFCA Agrinews Editorial below for more information on dicamba use and stewardship. 

February 9 Spring Nitrogen Webinar

Click here to download the slides from the Feb 9, 2018 Spring Nitrogen Webinar:  "Responsible Nitrogen Management in 2018:  Rates, Treatments & Timings" by Dr. Emerson Nafziger, University of Illinois.  NREC funded the research that provided this information to the industry.  
 
Also click the link directly below for the recording that goes with Dr. Nafziger's Webinar.
 

Uniform Carrier Registration

Click below for a fact sheet on the Uniform Carrier Registration Requirement for Interstate Commercial Motor Vehicles.  

NREC Cover Crop Guidance Document

A cereal rye cover crop ahead of soybeans is the best way to get started if you are interested in cover crops!  View the PDF file below to check out this new step by step guide from NREC, based on successful cover crop management research.  

IL CCAs Lead All States on Number of 4R NMS

Click below for a press release announcing the names of the 19 Illinois CCAs who recently achieved the 4R NMS certification.  They join the 45 current 4R NMS in Illinois; IL CCAs lead all states in 4R NMS, more than double any other state.  That's commitment, leadership and stewardship--thanks everyone!

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. 

New IL Ammonia Rules & Compliance Guide

New rules for anhydrous ammonia facilities are effective July 1, 2016.  Click below for the new rules and a compliance guide from IFCA.

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

Decision Time for Dicamba. There is no easy button for dicamba applications. Training was made mandatory on new dic… https://t.co/NGxvRZc0yY
IFCA partners with Agrible to capture ag retailer progress in implementing the 4Rs on Illinois acres. Read about i… https://t.co/dKAGH6KSyX
FieldWatch – Before You Spray. Before spraying this year check the FieldWatch online registry so you are aware of s… https://t.co/yynUPoVbsK
IFCA's Dan Schafer and Jason Solberg are in Douglas County today putting in another nitrogen management trial with… https://t.co/lvAtij6zj7
IFCA & GFAI legislative breakfast was this morning in Springfield. Thanks to all the legislators and members of the… https://t.co/NVxVhFRqJ1

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Understanding the labels connected with dicamba is critical as spray rigs head to the field this spring.
Do Ammonia Nurse Wagon Need Lights? Don’t be surprised the next time you go to purchase a new anhydrous nurse tank wagon that it comes equipped with tail and turn lights. Read more here: https://t.co/G7XuOBSc9B #anhydrous #agriculture #ammonia #lights #ag #nh3 @AsmarkInstitute
IFCA, GFAI & ISTA annual legislative breakfast is this Thursday (April 19) at the Sangamo Club in Springfield. Breakfast at 7:30, Brief Discussion at 7:45. All IFCA members are welcome to attend. This is a great way to meet your state legislators! #agbreakfast. Grain and Feed Assoc
Cover Crops Termination tips for Spring 2018 in Illinois. Read Story Here: https://bit.ly/2IQigGV #covercrops #plant18 #soilhealth #covercroptermination #agriculture #ag #ilcapitol #agnews #agronomy
Emerson Nafziger has a new article in the U of I "The Bulletin" regarding the Updated MRTN Calculator. Read here: https://bit.ly/2EFYfQQ IFCA's Dan Schaefer/Jason Solberg worked the Dr Nafziger on many of the field trials. #4R #mrtn #nutrientmanagement Keep It 4R Crop Illinois NREC

Keep It 4R Crop Twitter

IFCA partners with Agrible to capture ag retailer progress in implementing the 4Rs on Illinois acres. Read about i… https://t.co/ppHOnMRwXg
IFCA's Keep it 4R Crop Program Supports Cover Crop Research in Illinois....see IFCA's Jason Solberg taking biomass… https://t.co/dSp4qLfgDh
What's going on this spring with 4Rs in Illinois? See IFCA's Spring 2018 "Keep it 4R Crop Report" here:… https://t.co/bZI3oY31am
Find out how corn responded to various N rates in 2017 and how it compared if you had used the MRTN:… https://t.co/svX0EOncgW
Spring 2018 Nitrogen Webinar Link is Here: https://t.co/sDGo2LL4Mu 🙄sorry for the typo! Join us on February 9th f… https://t.co/FT5rclGOzp