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Updated Nov 22, 2018

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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.  

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Illinois Soil Temperatures

  Today we are featuring yesterday's 4 inch bare soil temps at noon.  
 

IFCA Twitter

Bill Gates talks why he loves and has a passion for fertilizer. Read the story here: https://t.co/SdI3jIcATLhttps://t.co/mwKNtBt7P4
IFCA's KJ Johnson has been on Capitol Hill the past few days talking with the IL Congressional Delegation about pas… https://t.co/wtDmD54LGV
The extension weed science programs at OSU, Purdue, and U of I recently collaborated to revise suggestions and prec… https://t.co/ViWniGaOwl
IFCA would like to thank all the men and women in our military on this Veteran's Day for serving and protecting thi… https://t.co/qyXNxUaI9P
New dicamba label language from the EPA may mean states like IL have to put thousands of people through state comme… https://t.co/Srb2H9sMzD

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IFCA's KJ Johnson has been on Capitol Hill the past few days talking with the IL Congressional Delegation about passing the Farm Bill in lame duck session. PRIA is key issue IFCA is supporting. This would help get new crop protection products to market. #farmbill #agriculture #ag
The extension weed science programs at OSU, Purdue, and U of I recently collaborated to revise suggestions and precautions for use of dicamba in dicamba-resistant soybean. Read here: https://t.co/yTnxoMyv5V #Dicamba #agriculture #spray19 #ModernAg #agnews #agtwitter #Soybeans #ag
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Just how complex will dicamba use be in 2019? So complex that the three new dicamba labels released by EPA last week are each around 40 pages long and accompanied by nearly 200 pages of documents detailing the herbicides' registration requirements and their potential impacts on the general population, farmers and endangered species. States are working overtime to interpret the new XtendiMax, Engenia and FeXapan labels and struggling to take the proper first steps to prepare for 2019. Indiana's pesticide regulators decided to drop all state-mandated dicamba training for its applicators in an effort to cut down on the state dollars and resources devoted to dicamba. Illinois agencies are knocking on EPA's door, asking for clarification on the new applicator requirements, which could mean up to 5,000 applicators in the state are not qualified to apply these herbicides in 2019. And the Arkansas State Plant Board has voted to consider allowing dicamba use in 2019 with a June 15 cut-off. https://t.co/g66HNzCE1O

Keep It 4R Crop Twitter

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
Fall nitrogen stewardship is on everyone's mind. Check out yesterday's daily maximum soil temps at 4 inches in bar… https://t.co/CI4CrLxBTg
With night temps dropping into the 30's, are you thinking about getting started on fall ammonia application soon?… https://t.co/6fWjZskr1n
What nitrogen rate should you use next year for corn? Download the new Illinois Nitrogen Guide published by NREC.… https://t.co/0R5xxPaXmB