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Updated Mar 23, 2019

Staying In The Know

Items of Interest

Regulatory Alert

In The News

Dicamba 2019 Labels: 24c Illinois Label, Resources

Dicamba cannot be applied to soybean in Illinois after June 30, 2019.  You must be a certified applicator to apply dicamba to soybeans.  Important dicamba resources, including the labels and training events are posted at www.ifca.com/illinoisdicambatraining.  Click here to see the IFCA Regulatory Alert and download the press release below for more information on the Special Local Needs label.  

Managing Nutrients in Spring 2019

A summary of corn response to N rates in 2018 is posted below.  On March 1, 2019 Dr. Nafziger (UI  Emeritus Professor) provided guidance on managing nitrogen in spring 2019.  You can download the slides from the presentation below, or click here to listen to the recorded webinar:   https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8955969006796323841 (you can listen and self-report 1 CEU NM).  

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.

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.

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.  

Upcoming Events

Illinois Soil Temperatures

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

IFCA Twitter

EPA has confirmed it is considering limiting state pesticide restrictions in response to the growing number of 24(c… https://t.co/sMLqqk2f4d
Great crowd this morning at IFCA, GFAI and ISTA legislatiive breakfast in Springfield. We would like to thank all t… https://t.co/yjCY10N5ia
Jury rules against BAYER in California Glyphosate and cancer trial. The trial now moves to the liability and damage… https://t.co/zZYyoP4pFX
IFCA would like to thank Senator Craig Wilcox for visiting Conserv FS in Marengo yesterday. We talked about crop pr… https://t.co/vouKiGfbjZ
Happy National Ag Day from everyone at IFCA! Agriculture is the back bone of this state and this nation.… https://t.co/W2YR4z0ka9

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After months of denials and vague language, EPA has confirmed it is considering limiting the ability of states to restrict pesticide use beyond the federal label. State regulators are expressing alarm at this development, particularly those dealing with widespread dicamba injury, which appears to be the catalyst for EPA's announcement. At issue is Section 24(c) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), which allows states to grant "special local needs" (SLN) labels that supplement federal pesticide labels. Several states in the Midwest and South have used 24(c) labels to limit use of new dicamba formulations for the past few years, in an effort to control overwhelming off-target injury complaints to crops and plants. For example, most recently, Illinois granted a 24(c) label with a June 30 cut-off date for XtendiMax, Engenia and FeXapan in the state. Story here: bit.ly/2OilaIz #dicamba #agretailers #cropprotection #agriculture #ag #crop19 #spray19 #Ilagriculture
Great crowd this morning at IFCA, GFAI and ISTA legislatiive breakfast in Springfield. We would like to thank all the lawmakers & ag retailers that came out to the breakfast. We discussed removing registration on nurse tanks / floaters and Illinois business climate. #agretailers
Jury rules against BAYER in California Glyphosate and cancer trial. The trial now moves to the liability and damage phase. Read the story here. https://t.co/fomLnn9Sjj #agriculture #Roundup #agretailers #agretail #agnews #agtwitter #cropprotection #pesticides #ag #bayer
IFCA would like to thank Senator Craig Wilcox for visiting Conserv FS in Marengo yesterday. We talked about crop protection products, seed treatments and the Illinois business climate. Senator Wilcox is the Republican spokesman for the Senate agriculture committee. #Fertilizer #agretailers #agretail #agnews #agtwitter #friendofag #agriculture #ag
Happy National Ag Day from everyone at IFCA! Agriculture is the back bone of this state and this nation. #nationalagday #agricultural #AgDay19 #agretailers #agretail #Fertilizer #cropprotection #ilagriculture #crop19 #spray19 #ag #agnews #agtwitter

Keep It 4R Crop Twitter

Getting N applied in spring 2019 will be a challenge! Today the UI presented guidance on how to manage nitrogen un… https://t.co/pTqxvUAyBu
Managing N this spring is going to be a challenge! Today’s webinar by UI at 8:30 am Central provides guidance on… https://t.co/g38IiYEV8x
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