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    Spreading Christmas Cheer With Soybeans

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     by Lon Tonneson
     on December 20, 2013

    North Dakota soybean farmers are in the Christmas mood. The North Dakota Soybean Council donated more than 200 SoySilk Plush Pals to children in Fargo, Bismarck and Grand Forks, N.D., hospitals this week. Plush Pals are stuffed animals made from SoySilk – a brand of fiber made from the waste produced during the manufacture of tofu from soybeans. “Tis the season of generosity and the North Dakota Soybean Council wanted to take the opportunity to brighten the holidays for young ones…

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    88 bu/a Tops South Dakota Soybean Yield Contest

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     by Lon Tonneson
     on December 13, 2013

    There were a lot yields in the 70s and 80s in 2013  South Dakota Soybean Yield Contest. Winners were announced this week at the South Dakota Soybean Association annual meeting. Huron Colony, Huron, S.D., won first place overall with 88.75 bushels per acre. The entry was in the Group II or III maturity irrigated division. The variety was Integra 22410. Joey Waldner, who accepted the award, said they did a lot of work on the field. The colony applied lots of fertilizer…

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    Soybeans Looks More Profitable Than Corn In 2014

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     by Lon Tonneson
     on November 9, 2013

    Move over corn. Soybeans may be more profitable than in 2014. And wheat may be a contender. In South Dakota State University’s early crop budgets, soybeans look as if they will be more profitable than corn given current market price projections and input cost estimates, says Jack Davis, South Dakota State University farm management specialist. Using a projected corn price of $4.15 per bushel and projected soybean price of $10.80 per bushel, returns to management and labor favor…

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    Soybeans Could Yield 100 Bushels Per Acre

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     by Lon Tonneson
     on August 22, 2013

    I saw a field of soybeans in South Dakota that I think could yield 100 bushels per acre. It was on the Kory Standy farm south of Platte. The soybeans were about chest high -- probably 4-½ feet tall -- and loaded from the top to bottom with pods. Last year, Standy won the South Soybean Yield Contest with an entry of nearly 90 bushels per acre. He’s thinking these will do a little better. What’s his secret? It’s part Mother Nature and part…

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    New Export Terminal Really Moves Soybeans

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     by Lon Tonneson
     on July 17, 2013

    I enjoyed traveling to Seattle, Wash., recently with the North Dakota Soybean Council. We visited EGT, a new export grain terminal in Longview, Wash., built by Bunge and partners from Japan and South Korea. The terminal is a marvel. I was most impressed by the capacity and unloading speed. EGT can unload a shuttle train in  five to six hours and can handle six 110-car shuttle trains at any given time without decoupling the locomotives. There’s room at the terminal for…

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    S.D. Soybean Processors Back In The Black

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     by Lon Tonneson
     on March 12, 2013

    South Dakota Soybean Processors, a farmer-owned company started in 1994, has done something of a turnaround. It lost money two years ago. But in 2012 it made money and expects to generate more profit in 2013. Launched in 1994 by about 2,400 soybean growers, SDSP crushes soybeans and makes soybean oil and meal. Last year, it began further refining some of its soybean oil into food grade salad oil. It also began producing some high-value byproducts from the salad oil, such as lecithin and…

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    Overheard In The Soybean Field

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     by Lon Tonneson
     on June 18, 2012

    The great thing about being out and about at farm events is the stuff you hear. At the Pioneer Hi-Bred International ribbon cutting for its corn and soybean research center expansion in Volga, South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard said that his trip to China was an eye-opener. On a 400-mile drive through China’s major agricultural province he and his group only saw four tractors. Everything else was being done by hand. And corn that looked as if had been spilled asphalt by a passing…

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    Rest of the Best From Lake Region Extension Round Up

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     by Lon Tonneson
     on January 7, 2012

    At the second day of the NDSU Extension Lake Region Round Up, I heard several tips on how to control dandelion and Canada thistle in cropland, push soybean yields to new yield heights and how to write a flexible cash rent that’s a winner for the landlord and the tenant. Best spring dandelion control –Express plus glyphosatefor fields to be planted to corn or soybeans. Greg Andres, NDSU Extension agronomist, Carrington Research and Extension Center., says field should be…

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    What South Dakota Soybean Leaders Learned In China

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     by Lon Tonneson
     on October 31, 2011

    I was intrigued some of things South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council leaders and staff said they learned on a recent trade trip to China. Some of the points were serious and helped me understand the China market better. Some were just plain fun. All were interesting. According to South Dakota Soybean’s “Scoop on Soybean” blog, some of the top things they learned were: "Soybean demand in China fluctuates with the Chinese New Year holiday. The Chinese…

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    In front of the cameras

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     by Lon Tonneson
     on February 7, 2011

    We spent our last day in Brazil at farm show. It was a grand outdoor ag expo modeled after the Farm Progress Show. The Illinois Soybean Association board members that I am with were met at the show by television crews, newspaper reporters and radio broadcasters. Even in the U.S. farmers usually don’t get this much attention. "Why are you here?” all the reporters asked. Ron Moore, the ISA chairman, explained that the group had traveled to the country to learn about…

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