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.

2018 NH3 SAFETY SCHOOLS

September 14th thru
October 12th

Registration is now open for classroom training.

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Updated May 23, 2018

Staying In The Know

Items of Interest

Regulatory Alert

In The News

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 including understanding inversions, keeping weather records, etc. 
 
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; also posted below is an IFCA Regulatory Alert on Dicamba Use, IFCA Agrinews Editorial on Stewardship, and UI guidance on Adjacent & Neighboring sensitive crops.  

IFCA Spring 2018 Newsletter

Read the dicamba regulatory & stewardship reminders, regulatory updates and member activities in our spring 2018 newsletter.

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.

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.  

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The U.S. House of Representatives will vote for a second time on a massive farm bill after the measure was defeated… https://t.co/ccHIM4SPba
Registration is now open for Fall Ammonia Safety Classes. IFCA & Illinois Dept of Ag will be hosting six classes,… https://t.co/TQcVkMYe4F
Dr. Emerson Nafziger talks about the fast start to 2018 crop in IL. He touches on soil nitrogen supply, mineralizat… https://t.co/45xAHqZIpm
Farm Bill Goes Down in House The farm bill’s defeat Friday wasn’t the outcome House Republican leadership was expec… https://t.co/Oexfa2bvwt
IFCA Dan Schaefer and Jason Solberg are side-dress UAN today in Sangamon County. This is a spring nitrogen rate tr… https://t.co/HtJ1KUH4HQ

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The U.S. House of Representatives will vote for a second time on a massive farm bill after the measure was defeated last week, the No. 3 Republican in the chamber said, according to Roll Call newspaper.
Registration is Open for Fall Ammonia Safety Classes Summer hasn't even officially started but we've gotten a head start on fall by posting the dates and locations for the IFCA and Illinois Department of Ag fall anhydrous ammonia safety classes. This fall IFCA will host six classes, beginning on September 14. To see the dates and locations and to register on-line, go here: https://bit.ly/2F5fSv9 or visit the ammonia training icon on IFCA's hompage at www.ifca.com. John Rebholz, IFCA's Director of Safety & Education, is always available to answer any ammonia and compliance related so don't hesitate to call the IFCA's office.
We worried our way through the cool month of April, with 32 percent of corn and only 7 percent of soybean acres planted by April 29, and nothing emerged. During the first two weeks of May, the weather was warmer and drier than normal, and adding together corn and soybeans, Illinois farmers planted m...
Updated 4:00 p.m. | The farm bill’s defeat Friday wasn’t the outcome House Republican leadership was expecting. GOP leaders headed to the floor for the vote with an inconclusive whip count but they knew the vote would be close. They felt fairly confident based on private conversations they had t...
Did you know that we move more than half of all fertilizer by rail. It’s critical infrastructure systems are working to get fertilizer to farmers when they need it! #TimeToBuild #rail #Transportation #Fertilizer #rebuildamerica #agriculture #ag #DYK #Congress

Keep It 4R Crop Twitter

Honing in on optimum N rates for IL farmers and water quality is what NREC research is facilitating today near Beme… https://t.co/cjgA7CgdJF
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