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.

2019 NH3 SAFETY SCHOOLS

February 26th thru March 8th

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Updated Jan 19, 2019

Staying In The Know

Items of Interest

Regulatory Alert

In The News

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.

UI Recommendations on Fertilizer Rates and Application - Fall 2018

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 additional recommendations on N, P & K applications this fall, see the Bulletin posted below.  

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. 

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

Illinois Soil Temperatures

  Today we are featuring yesterday's 4 inch bare soil temps at noon.  
 

IFCA Twitter

Great crowd at dicamba training yesterday in Bloomington. Thanks to U of I Dr. Bill Simmons for teaching. Find upco… https://t.co/5QIXCHRVp0
IFCA wants to thanks Wabash Valley FS for hosting and BASF for training 115 people on dicamba yesterday. More class… https://t.co/nWbJZF2CWE
Acting Director of Ag Warren Goetsch address the Illinois Ag Roundtable this morning in Bloomington. Acting Directo… https://t.co/JnYpMcCEHU
IFCA John Rebholz is teaching the Ammonia Technician Course today at the Asmark Institute Agricenter in Bloomington… https://t.co/nOKhqDJD0B
China approved 5 gmo crops for import on Tuesday, the first in 18 months in a move that could boost its overseas gr… https://t.co/5Bna8vtFl8

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Great crowd at dicamba training yesterday in Bloomington. Thanks to U of I's Dr. Bill Simmons for teaching. Find upcoming dicamba classes / register here: https://www.ifca.com/IllinoisDicambaTraining/Register #dicamba #soybeans #ag AgProfessionall CropLife Magazine Illinois Soybean Association BASF DTN/The Progressive Farmer AgriNews Publications
IFCA would like to thank United Prairie for inviting Jean Payne and KJ Johnson to their winter grower meeting. They had over 250 people at the event. Jean gave an update on nutrient/dicamba issues. KJ addressed some of the issues in the 2018 farm bill and issues that might face agriculture in Springfield at the state capitol.
IFCA wants to thanks Wabash Valley FS for hosting and BASF for training 115 people on dicamba yesterday. More classes have been added at https://t.co/9i2pogE67z #dicamba #Soybean #agriculture #Crop2019 #Spray19
Acting Director of Ag Warren Goetsch address the Illinois Ag Roundtable this morning in Bloomington. Acting Director Goetsch talked about dicamba, Illinois fair grounds and the future of IDOA. #Dicamba #agriculture #agnews #agtwitter #cropprotection #pesticides #ag
IFCA John Rebholz is teaching the Ammonia Technician Course today at the Asmark Institute Agricenter in Bloomington. This is the first class of the year. #ammonia #agsafety #agriculture #fertilizer #nh3 #agnews

Keep It 4R Crop Twitter

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
NEW! Get the Apple app for the IL Nitrogen Rate Calculator. Instructions for using the app on any of your Apple d… https://t.co/goNmqkwpq5