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FarmWeekNow.com ilfb.org @FarmWeekNow @ILFarmBureau facebook.com/illfarmbureau instagram.com/ilfarmbureau Quick Takes FarmWeek Page 2 Monday, February 6, 2017 CATERPILLAR ANNOUNCES MOVE - Cater- pillar will relocate a its global headquarters with a limited group of senior executives and support functions in the Chicago area later this year. Eventually, about 300 employees will be based there, including some positions relocated from Peoria. The company also will not build a previously announc- ed headquarters complex in Peoria. The existing head- quarters building will continue to be used for Caterpillar offices. Caterpillar CEO Jim Umpleby said two-thirds of com- pany sales and revenue have come from outside the United States. Locating company headquarters closer to a global transportation hub, such as Chicago, means company employees can meet with global customers, dealers and employees more easily and frequently, he added. Umpleby further noted Peoria will continue as the company's "hometown." He noted Caterpillar will contin- ue its philanthropic support and civic involvement in the Peoria area. TAKE DAIRY RISK SURVEY - AFBF, American Farm Bureau Insurance Services and academic collabora- tors, including dairy economist Marin Bozic, have created a short online dairy survey. Dairy farmers are invited to take the survey, which will assess farmer use of dairy risk management tools and interest in development of a new dairy insurance prod- uct. To take the survey, visit {bit.ly/DairyRiskSurvey}. Results are confidential and will be aggregated to pro- vide market feasibility information to USDA's Federal Crop Insurance Corporation. CULVER'S SUPPORTS FFA - Last year, Culver's restaurants in 24 states raised more than $360,000 for local FFA chapters, the National FFA Foundation and other agricultural organizations. The amount included more than $31,000 for the Blue Jacket program, in which Culver's sponsors the cost of purchasing FFA jackets for members who otherwise wouldn't be able to own one. In addition, following the passing of Culver's President and CEO Phil Keiser last fall, $25,000 was contributed in his name for an FFA endowment scholarship. Since its inception in 2013, the chain's Thank You Farmers program has raised more than $1 million. Culver's will be involved in fundraising opportunities dur- ing National FFA Week beginning Feb. 18. An annual essay contest will provide the chance to win money toward a trip to the 2017 National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapo- lis. (ISSN0197-6680) Vol. 45 No. 6 February 6, 2017 Dedicated to improving the profitability of farm- ing, and a higher quality of life for Illinois farmers. FarmWeek is produced by the Illinois Farm Bureau. FarmWeek is published each week, except the Mondays following Thanksgiving and Christmas, by the Illinois Agricultural Association, 1701 Towanda Avenue, P.O. Box 2901, Bloomington, IL 61701. Illinois Agricultural Association assumes no responsibility for statements by advertisers or for products or services advertised in FarmWeek . FarmWeek is published by the Illinois Agricultural Association for farm operator members. $3 from the individ- ual membership fee of each of those members goes toward the production of FarmWeek. "Farm, Family, Food" is used under license of the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation. Address subscription and advertising questions to FarmWeek , P.O. Box 2901, Bloomington, IL 61702-2901 or go to https://ilfbmember.org. Periodicals postage paid at Bloomington, Illinois, and at an additional mailing office. POSTMASTER: Send change of address notices on Form 3579 to FarmWeek , P.O. Box 2901, Bloomington, IL 61702-2901. Farm Bureau members should send change of addresses to their local county Farm Bureau. 2017 Illinois Agricultural Association STAFF Editor Chris Anderson (canderson@ilfb.org) Legislative Affairs Editor Kay Shipman (kayship@ilfb.org) Agricultural Policy Editor Deana Stroisch (dstroisch@ilfb.org) Senior Commodities Editor Daniel Grant (dgrant@ilfb.org) Editorial Assistant Margie Fraley (mfraley@ilfb.org) Business Production Manager Bob Standard (bstandard@ilfb.org) Advertising Sales Manager: Steven Peters (speters@ilfb.org) Classified sales coordinator Nan Fannin (nfannin@ilfb.org) Director of News and Communications Michael L. Orso (morso@ilfb.org) Advertising Sales Representatives Hurst and Associates, Inc. P.O. Box 6011, Vernon Hills, IL 60061 1-800-397-8908 (advertising inquiries only) For address changes: 309-557-2239 Classified advertising: 1-800-573-6120 Display advertising: 1-800-676-2353 Illinois Farm Bureau: 309-557-2111 Feb. 7, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Vermilion County woodland owners work- shop, Forest Glen Preserve's Gannett Outdoor Education Center, Westville. Feb. 8, 6-8 p.m. Upper Macoupin Creek Watershed farmers and landowners dinner meeting, Elk's Lodge, Carlinville. Free, but meal not guaranteed with- out reservation. Learn about new USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program. Contact the Macoupin County Soil and Water Conservation District at 217-854-2626, exten- sion 3 or email aaron.engstrom@il.usda.gov. Feb. 9, 1-4 p.m. Soil health and cover crop workshop, Spoon River College Conference Center, Canton. Con- tact Kim Smail, NRCS, kim.smail@il.usda.gov. Feb. 9, 9:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. Forestry management workshop and hands- on demonstration, Ballard Nature Center, Alta- mont. Open to Clay, Cumberland, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Richland and Shelby counties. Appropriate dress needed for outdoor session. Effingham County Farm Bureau among co- sponsors. Free, but reservations required. Call 217-347-7107, extension 3. Find updates about upcoming conservation meetings at {bit.ly/ConservationCalendar}. CONSERVATION calendar BY KAY SHIPMAN FarmWeek Nutrient management means attention to details and planning - lots of planning in the case of national 4R advocate winner Grant Strom of Brimfield. "They farm a lot of different (types of) fields. No two fields are the same or treated the same. Their fertility recommendations take days to design," said Adam Dexter, the West Central FS Inc. crop specialist who nominated Strom for the award. Strom and Dexter will be honored by The Fertil- izer Institute during Commodity Classic March 2-4 in San Antonio. The western Illinois duo join a sec- ond Illinois farmer-retailer winning team, Kyle Brase of Edwardsville and Joe Huebener of Shipman, among five national 4R advocate winners. Brase and Huebener will be profiled in a future story. The Knox County farmer agreed each of his fields needs its own recipe because a single plan wouldn't work. "It's eco- nomical not putting fertil- izer out in places where it's not needed," Strom said. While his family has used variable rate fer- tilizer technology for 15 years, they've fine-tuned that system the past two or three years, scrutiniz- ing every decision. Timing of fertilizer applications changed from half in the fall and half in the spring to no fall fertilizer. The family has sidedressed fertiliz- er for about 10 years and uses the Y-Drop sys- tem for more accuracy. "Our nitrogen efficiency has improved, and we're using less total nitrogen," Strom noted. Dexter agrees: "The big benefit - if there was a blanket (fertilizer) recommendation, they could overapply." Strom advocates regular soil nutrient testing. Most of his fields are tested every four years. He recommends farmers wanting to enhance their nutrient management start by testing their soil. "That's No. 1. We've reduced our fertilizer needs tremendously by knowing what's in the soil," Strom said. Strom's individual management includes vari- able rate seeding. "Variable rate planting of corn and beans is a staple on our farm," he added. The farmer credited technology for making variable planting and fertil- izer applications much eas- ier. Technology also has improved no-till planters. He noted his family uses no-till on roughly 80 per- cent of their ground and conservation tillage on the remainder. Variable rate technology "pays quicker because of the variance of our soils," Strom added. Farmers also need good crop advisers. Strom acknowledged Dexter's contributions to his farm: "Adam knows our fields as well as I do." Farmers wanting to enhance their management and stewardship shouldn't be disheartened or think it's an all-or-nothing proposition, according to Dexter. "You've got to start somewhere. This doesn't happen overnight," he concluded. Adam Dexter, left, West Central FS Inc. crop specialist based in Williamsfield, and Knox County farmer Grant Strom of Brimfield, work on management plans for Strom's farm. The duo focus on prescriptive plans for each field. (Photos by Katie Knapp, The Ag Photographer) Details, planning makes national 4R winning duo

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