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Updated May 21, 2019

Staying In The Know

Items of Interest

Regulatory Alert

In The News

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

Dicamba 2019 Labels: 24c Illinois Label, Resources, Training

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 on-line training links 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

More Than Half Of U.S. Corn Still Unplanted. Illinois is one of the states the furthest behind.  Illinois has corn… https://t.co/ewfF1hUgMX
Gov. J.B. Pritzker set to unveil $41.5 billion ‘Rebuild Illinois’ capital plan that includes $1.8 billion in new an… https://t.co/bonijdCtSe
IL Sen. Marty Sandoval proposes $2.4 billion dollar tax and fee increase to pay for Illinois infrastructure improve… https://t.co/62r1v4kIl8
IFCA issued a statement on dicamba stewardship and our support of the June 30 cutoff date. See IFCA statement below… https://t.co/inxtYHnzC5
IFCA's KJ Johnson attended Senator @jasonbarickman Capitol Bill Advisory Committee. Most of the talks were about u… https://t.co/VlPONlGDcc

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More Than Half Of U.S. Corn Still Unplanted. Illinois is one of the states the furthest behind. Illinois has corn planting is at 24% vs 89% normally. Read more here: https://t.co/tkocM5YCOp #illinois #corn #plant19 #Fertilizer #agretailers #agnews #AgTwitter #agriculture #AG
Gov. J.B. Pritzker set to unveil $41.5 billion ‘Rebuild Illinois’ capital plan that includes $1.8 billion in new and increased taxes. Read more here: https://t.co/EKzLdQqbts #illinois #illinoisbudget #taxes #jbpritzker #Illinoisgeneralassembly #infrastructure #Transportation
Illinois Senator Marty Sandoval proposes $2.4 billion dollar tax and fee increase to pay for Illinois infrastructure improvements. HB3233 would increase the gas tax from $0.19 to $0.44. It would also increase registration and titling fees. Attached is the breakdown of the fees. #Roads #rebuildamerica #bridges
Today, IFCA issued a statement on dicamba stewardship and our association's support of the June 30, 2019 cut-off date for application. The statement is below. The University of Illinois also issued a Bulletin on May 6, 2019 that provides guidance on effective weed managment, taking into consideration the June 30 cutoff date and other label considerations. The UI Bulletin is here: https://bit.ly/2H8ohj5 Please feel free to contact Jean Payne regarding questions on the dicamba cut-off date or pesticide policy in the IFCA office
IFCA's KJ Johnson attended Senator Jason Barickman Capitol Bill Advisory Committee. Most of the talks were about upgrades to roads, bridges, schools and wifi. Also lots of discussions on how to pay for all the needs. #Roads #rebuildamerica #bridges #Transportation #agriculture #capitalbill @ILSenateGOP #ag

Keep It 4R Crop Twitter

Get updated Illinois N rate recommendations on your smartphone. Type "MRTN Rate Calculator" in the Apple Store. H… https://t.co/xv1MAaxCoy
Nitrate levels are elevated in Central Illinois lakes. This resource from UI and the updated N Calculator provides… https://t.co/LuuLyqv1H5
IFCA congratulates Dan Schaefer, our Director of Nutrient Stewardship, who was named Champaign County IL Farm Leade… https://t.co/zIbYkcNgVc
The Nitrogen Rate Calculator for Illinois is newly updated with results from dozens of 2018 N rate trials. Ensure a… https://t.co/aYEYfN3AXK
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