Click below to access the Summer 2020 IFCA Newsletter. Topics inside include an update on pesticide misuse complaints, farmer ammonia safety training rules, updates to NH3 facilities, legislative updates, IFCA events and more.
The Illinois Department of Agriculture issued a Frequently Asked Questions document explaining how dicamba must be managed in Illinois under the USEPA Cancellation Order. IFCA also has a dicamba recordkeeping guide. The documents are below.
If you missed the 2020 Spring Nitrogen Webinar, click on the heading above to be directed to the recording of the webinar. The slides presented by Dr. Emerson Nafziger during the webinar are available below. You may self-report 1 CEU in NM for listening to the webinar.
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.
Founded in 2012, Illinois NREC is helping discover methods to reduce nutrient loss and ensure profitability in Illinois agriculture. Learn about how NREC is accomplishing this in this short video, featuring IFCA's Director of Nutrient Stewardship Dan Schaefer: https://youtu.be/hqObVWOv51w
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"
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.
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.
US House Passes WRDA.
A bill passed by the House Wednesday would provide $8.6 billion for federal water infrastructure projects.
The WRDA authorizes projects by the Army Corps of Engineers to strengthen locks / dams and improve inland waterway system.
Mysterious #seed packages from #China sprout questions, concerns.
People across the nation are getting some strange mail.
They are opening their mailboxes to find small packets labeled as jewelry, but instead contain seeds.
Read more here: https://bit.ly/332J2cx
Side by side #nitrogen rate trials in the lake Springfield watershed. #Corn after corn and corn after #bean. Another year of feeding the Nitrogen Rate Calculator.
#agresearch #agtwitter #Fertilizer #agretailers #4R
CFATS Legislation Reauthorized.
Following action by the Senate, the House of Representatives passed legislation reauthorizing the DHS CFATS program for three years, which was set to expire on July 23, 2020.
Read more here: https://bit.ly/2WQRd7L
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit today denied a petition to vacate the registration of Corteva Agriscience's Enlist Duo herbicide, a 2,4-D-choline and glyphosate premix designed for use over 2,4-D-tolerant Enlist crops.
The court ruled that EPA only needed to fix one oversight with the Enlist Duo registration regarding the herbicide's risk to monarch butterflies. The herbicide's registration will remain intact in the meantime.