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Updated May 28, 2020

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COVID 19 Resources for IFCA Members

The Illinois "stay at home" order is effective until May 30.  Essential industries and activities are exempt, including agriculture.  IFCA summarized the issues in a short FAQ below.  We have also posted many other guidance documents including the on-line Pesticide Applicator Exam instructions, various DOT waivers, Sec of State information, CDC guicance etc.  Please check back regularly for updates.  

Dicamba Recordkeeping Recommendations

Spring Nitrogen Webinar

NH3 Safety Checklist for Growers

The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) has an informative checklist for growers to serve as a reminder to keep safety in mind when handling anhydrous ammonia.

Paraquat Label Changes & Training Requirements

Paraquat labels in 2020 require anyone who "uses" or applies the products to be certified applicators and also take paraquat label training.  Syngenta explains the requirement in the document below.  To access the on-line paraquat training program, click on the title of this story.  To learn more about classroom training options see the document below.  

Illinois Dicamba Labels 2020

Illinois Nutrient Research & Education Council

New Version of Cover Crop Guide

NREC recently updated its Cover Crop Guide, including more guidance based on research performed on Illinois farms.  Please click on the link provided to read over the new version of the cover crop guide, "Considering Cover Crops? - Let this guide be your guide to success"

New Law Removes License Plates on Fertilizer Trailers, Floaters on Jan 1, 2020

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 NH3 Rules Compliance Guide or to download the regulations (8 IL Adm Code Part 215).

Worker Protection Standard (WPS)

On November 2015 USEPA revised the worker protection standards to implement more protection for agricultural workers and pesticide handlers. Most of the revised WPS standards became effective on January 2018.  The WPS requires commercial pesticide handler employers to provide specific information and protections to workers, handlers when WPS-labeled pesticide products are used on agricultural establishments in the production of agricultural plants.  Additional resources on Worker ...more

Illinois MRTN Guide, Apple App and Video Below

Uniform Carrier Registration

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. 

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Flooded Fields Mirror 2019 for Illinois River Farmers. An Illinois River bottom farmer says excessive rain and fl… https://t.co/IY1ZI19vK6
In an about face, the Pritzker administration on Wednesday afternoon suddenly withdrew a controversial emergency ru… https://t.co/M3b9N3H3JB
IFCA's KJ Johnson give his thoughts what might come up in Springfield this week at session. #IFCAhttps://t.co/mzQWutdsdd
Replanting #soybean fields or areas of fields likely will occur after soybean stand loss to recent cold temperature… https://t.co/dUSqtBfaGt
Frost/freeze damage report: will plants recover? U of I’s Dr. Nafziger writes in the week's "Bulletin" about cold… https://t.co/X9zF2Mffwx

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Flooded Fields Mirror 2019 for Illinois River Farmers. An Illinois River bottom farmer says excessive rain and flooding has him way behind on planting. Read more here: https://bit.ly/3cc4Tzc #illinois #illinoisriver #ilagriculture #agriculture #ag #farming #plant20
In an about face, the Pritzker administration on Wednesday afternoon suddenly withdrew a controversial emergency rule that threatened fines or potential jail time for business owners who defy his executive orders. Read more here: https://bit.ly/2zSbWiY
IFCA's KJ Johnson give his thoughts what might come up in Springfield this week at session. #IFCA #Illinoisagriculture #ilhouse #ilsenate #ILGA #Fertilizer
Replanting Dicamba Soybean Replanting soybean fields or areas of fields likely will occur after soybean stand loss to recent cold temperatures or saturated soil conditions. The following are general reminders about dicamba application timings and restrictions for Illinois soybean. https://bit.ly/2WN09f0
Frost/freeze damage report: will plants recover? U of I’s Dr. Nafziger writes in the week's "Bulletin" about cold temperatures that came across Illinois on May 9 and how it might have effect the corn/soybean crop. Read more here: https://t.co/bizynHnOLC #corn #soybean

Keep It 4R Crop Twitter

Stay in Place, but read the latest nitrogen management and rate recommendations from UI here:… https://t.co/UlfooSpSPU
Join us March 20 at 9 am CST for a Spring Nitrogen webinar. 1 CEU in NM for those who participate. This webinar i… https://t.co/q2cBv4oKg3
The risk of phosphorus loss from fields increases when P is applied to frozen or snow-covered soils. The graph her… https://t.co/uKUGNVvcUV
Wondering about the timing of fall applied nitrogen? Today Dr. Nafziger at the University of Illinois published a… https://t.co/9e7yYxDKGd
Ready to sidedress late planted corn? Get fresh advice on N source and rate from UI in this June 7 Bulletin: https://t.co/zIlop76INg