Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association
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February 26th thru March 8th

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Updated Feb 19, 2019

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Regulatory Alert

In The News

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 2019 New NH3 Rules Compliance Guide.

Summary of 2018 Nitrogen Rate Trial Results & Nitrogen Webinar

A brief summary of how corn responsed to nitrogen in the NREC funded N rate trials is posted below.     Dr. Nafziger (UI Crop Science) explained 2018 Nitrogen Rate Trial results and guidance on fall fertilizer applications in this Oct 19 webinar:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4975783090725946883  (you can listen and self-report 1 CEU NM).  He also publised a Bulletin on Oct 26 providing ...more

Dicamba 2019 Labels, Applicator Clinic Dates, Applicator Definitions

You must be a certified applicator to apply dicamba to soybeans.  IL Commercial Applicator Training and Testing Clinics are listed at https://web.extension.illinois.edu/psep/training/commercial/   
Important dicamba resources are posted below.  You must also complete annual dicamba training, see the "Illinois Dicamba Training" section above for more information and available classes.  

Illinois MRTN Guide, Apple App and Video Below

All of the information you need to both understand and use the Illinois MRTN recomendation system are provided in the links directly below.
 
This includes a new Guide called "Using the Maximum Return to Nitrogen (MRTN) System in Illinois" - developed from hundreds of nitrogen rate trials funded by NREC and implemented by IFCA's nutrient team. Also, there is a link providing instructions on how to use the new Illinois Maximum Return to Nitrogen app on Apple Devices.  This app makes it easy to determine the recommended N rate for corn in Illinois. Lastly, a new video that features Dr. Emerson Nafziger and others explaining the purpose and importance of the MRTN and the role it plays in modern agriculture.

IFCA 2018 Dicamba Survey Report

The results of the 2018 IFCA Dicamba Survey are available in the report below.  

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.  

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.  
 

IFCA Twitter

Late this afternoon, the IL House passed SB1(raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour) on a 69-46-1 vote. The IL Sen… https://t.co/nnJu5MLe6W
IFCA's KJ Johnson was on a panel discussion at the Illinois Ag Leadership Foundation national policy seminar yester… https://t.co/O2sL9VIGLn
IFCA President Jean Payne spoke today at the Weed Science Society of America conference in New Orleans. Jean spoke… https://t.co/6TeyBn3skB
Illinois Scientists Find New Resistance in Waterhemp. Waterhemp is one tough weed. Now it has begun to outsmart a… https://t.co/GUNHF9yFab
First Asmark professional applicator class of 2019! The class this morning has its virtual glasses on identifying w… https://t.co/jwLNuWEAlI

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Late this afternoon, the IL House passed SB1(raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour) on a 69-46-1 vote. The IL Senate passed SB1 last week. Now, the bill moves to Gov. Pritzker’s desk for his signature. Gov. Pritzker has said he will sign the legislation. #agriculture #Illinois
IFCA's KJ Johnson was on a panel discussion at the Illinois Ag Leadership Foundation national policy seminar yesterday. Also on the panel was Greg Webb(ADM) and Adam Nielson(ILFB). The panel talked about effective lobbying in DC and Springfield. #Fertilizer #agretailers #agnews
IFCA's President Jean Payne spoke today at the Weed Science Society of America conference in New Orleans. Jean spoke on dicamba requirements in Illinois and how Illinois is moving forward on the nutrient reduction strategy. #WSSA19 #cropprotection #ILNLRS #Fertilizer #Agriculture
Illinois Scientists Find New Resistance in Waterhemp. Waterhemp is one tough weed. Now it has begun to outsmart a group of important residual herbicides. Read more here: https://bit.ly/2tjWeGU #waterhemp #spray19 #crop19 #agriculture #agretailers #cropprotection CropLife America
First Asmark professional applicator class of 2019! The class this morning has its virtual glasses on identifying weeds. Learn more about the class here: https://t.co/MmA9PAjOwz #training #agriculture #cropprotection @AsmarkInstitute @croplifemag @AgProfessional @CropLifeAmerica https://t.co/Gmh81AJfpw

Keep It 4R Crop Twitter

How did corn response to nitrogen in 2018? A new bulletin from UI https://t.co/Wi8gExiIHL explains and takes a spe… https://t.co/YwSIWbuHPa
Illinois Farm Bureau honors Dr Emerson Nafziger with the Distinguished Service Award, IFB’s highest honor. His wor… https://t.co/8TlpxEExFw
Yesterday we posted a new video about using the Right Nitrogen Rate in Illinois. The video was cut-off....here's th… https://t.co/RBInRddbxx
See how Illinois farmers are participating in NREC funded nitrogen research to support the "Right Rate" of the 4Rs!… https://t.co/uke2e6aeUm
The UI just posted a NEW bulletin with N rate, fall ammonia application and fall fertilizer guidelines based on NRE… https://t.co/o5Ha6bOLVM