New paraquat labels will appear starting November 14, 2019 and require anyone who applies the newly labeled products to be certified applicators and also take paraquat label training. Syngenta has prepared an explanation of the new requirement, click on the document below. To access the on-line paraquat training, click on this link: https://campus.extension.org/enrol/index.php?id=1660
We recently mailed our Fall 2019 Newsletter to roughly 1,100 members statewide. The newsletter covers many important topics currently impacting our industry. Regulatory, pesticide and legislative updates are provided within the newsletter, as well as our Chairman's Report and 'Member Spotlight' article. Please click the link below to read.
IFCA awards five $1,000 scholarships to 4-year or junior college students pursuing a career in the agribusiness sector. Click below for the 2019-2020 scholarship application in Word or PDF format. Applications must be returned to IFCA by December 19, 2019.
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"
The Illinois Department of Agriculture has announced a June 20th cut-off date as well as a temperature restriction for dicamba applications on soybean in 2020. Click below to read the IFCA Regulatory Alert, IDOA Official Press Release regarding 2020 Dicamba Restrictions, and IFCA 2019 Dicamba Survey Results.
IFCA initiated and passed legislation in 2019 to remove the registration and license plate requirement for ammonia nurse tanks, fertilizer buggies and floaters/sprayers effective Jan 1, 2020. Please click here to read the full Regulatory Alert.
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).
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
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.
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.
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.
IFCA's Dan Schaefer is in Monmouth at the UofI research center putting on #nh3. This is a @IllinoisNrec funded project that looks at different timing and rates of #nitrogen along with #covercrop termination dates.
#4R #Fertilizer #ILNLRS
IFCA would like to congratulate Tim McArdle of BRANDT for getting ARA Distinguished Service Award today in New Orleans. Tim is a past chairman of ARA and a leader in the ag retail industry. Congratulations Tim, you deserve it.
#Brandt #agretailers19 #agretail
IFCA's KJ Johnson and Jason Solberg attended the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy meeting in Springfield the last two days. Lots of great discussion about reducing nutrients in Illinois water's and how we fund those types of projects.
3rd Annual IFCA 4R Field Day Dec 12
Please mark your calendars to attend the IFCA 4R Field Day on Thursday, December 12. This will be an "indoor" field day but we will have footage of 4R field practices from the fall of 2019 to illustrate how nutrient placement can help reduce losses.
The meeting will be held at the Asmark Agricenter in Bloomington, IL. If you need some CCA credits before year-end, this is another great way to pick up nutrient management and soil & water credits. You'll receive new information on the status of water quality in Illinois Rivers, how these levels are measured and attributted to either point or non-point sources, and how our industry's commitment to the 4Rs is influencing nutrient loss reductions. Want to know what is happening around us in other states? Well you can find out at this meeting! There is no cost to attend. A great lunch will also be provided to all those who attend. Feel free to also invite your farmer customers. To register or see the agenda here: https://bit.ly/34LIfdS