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.

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February 26th thru March 8th

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Updated Dec 12, 2018

Staying In The Know

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In The News

Dicamba 2019 Labels, Applicator Clinic Dates, Applicator Definitions

The dates and locations for the IL Commercial Applicator Training and Testing Clinics are at https://web.extension.illinois.edu/psep/training/commercial/    The new labels for Xtendimax, FeXapan and Engenia are below and we have summarized the definitions of "certified applicator' and "licensed operator" that appear in Illinois law. 

IFCA Scholarship Application

IFCA awards five $1,000 scholarships to 4 year or Jr College students pursuing a career in the agribusiness sector.  Click before for the scholarship application in Word or PDF format.  Applications must be returned to IFCA by December 15, 2018.  

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.  

NEW! Illinois MRTN Apple App

Click on the file below for instructions on using the new Illinois Maximum Return to Nitrogen app on your Apple Devices.  This app makes it easy to determine the recommended N rate for corn in Illinois.  

New Guide on the Illinois MRTN!

Hundreds of nitrogen rate trials funded by NREC and implemented by IFCA's nutrient team have resulted in a new Guide called "Using the Maximum Return to Nitrogen (MRTN) System in Illinois."  Download it here and learn how to get optimum agronomic and economic results from your nitrogen investment!  For printed copies, please contact IFCA or NREC.  

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

The House passed the Farm Bill tonight on a 369-47 vote. The Senate pass it yesterday. It now moves to President Tr… https://t.co/QkxMDSfCl4
Ag retailers are happy to see a Farm Bill move forward, however this bill represents a missed opportunity to corre… https://t.co/d3BKRdhPsn
Minutes ago, the US Senate passed the Farm Bill conference report on a 87-13 vote. Right now IFCA is hearing the v… https://t.co/nD7D6ADWhA
Good attendances at the dicamba training in Champaign today. Find out more details about dicamba and other training… https://t.co/xdMdyn5t5s
New WOTUS Rule Dials Back Federal Reach. EPA on Tuesday released a newly proposed waters of the United States, or… https://t.co/UtYBPo4HSK

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The House passed the Farm Bill tonight on a 369-47 vote. The Senate pass it yesterday. It now moves to President Trump's desk for his signature. #farmbill #Fertilizer #agretailers #cropprotection #agriculture #ilagriculture #usda #trade #agnews #agtwitter #ushouse #houseag
Ag retailers are happy to see a Farm Bill move forward, however this bill represents a missed opportunity to correct some straightforward regulatory problems that would have had no budgetary impact. Read more here: https://t.co/aYztufrM1R #farmbill #agretailers #Fertilizer #AG
Minutes ago, the US Senate passed the Farm Bill conference report on a 87-13 vote. Right now IFCA is hearing the vote in the House is expected sometime Thursday. #farmbill #Fertilizer #agretailers #usda #cropprotection #illinois #corn #soybeans #agriculture #agnews #agtwitter
Good attendances at the dicamba training in Champaign today. Find out more details about dicamba and other training dates here: https://t.co/3ytK2YXS0h #Dicamba #Dicambatraining #Crop2019 #soybeans #spray19 #agnews #cropprotection #agriculture #ilag #Agtwitter #ag
New WOTUS Rule Dials Back Federal Reach. EPA on Tuesday released a newly proposed waters of the United States, or WOTUS, rule that would erase many of the concerns farmers and ranchers had about the 2015 rule. Story here: https://t.co/9eYv2LVJ3b #Fertilizer #agretailers #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