• Lon Tonneson

    Spreading Christmas Cheer With Soybeans

    Inside Dakota Ag

     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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  • Lon Tonneson

    88 bu/a Tops South Dakota Soybean Yield Contest

    Inside Dakota Ag

     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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  • Lon Tonneson

    Soybeans Looks More Profitable Than Corn In 2014

    Inside Dakota Ag

     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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  • Rod Swoboda

    Heat, Dryness Take Toll On Soybean Crop

    Iowa Farm Scene

     by Rod Swoboda
     on September 9, 2013

    In last week's blog we asked "Will Your Corn Beat the Frost?" This week we look at how Iowa's soybean crop is doing, especially the late planted beans. Wayne Fredericks is secretary of the Iowa Soybean Association, farming near Osage in northern Iowa, near the Minnesota border, about 30 miles east of Mason City. His area of the state has a lot of late-planted, late maturing beans this year. Many acres didn't even get planted, as spring was so wet. How do the…

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  • Lon Tonneson

    Soybeans Could Yield 100 Bushels Per Acre

    Inside Dakota Ag

     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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  • Lon Tonneson

    New Export Terminal Really Moves Soybeans

    Inside Dakota Ag

     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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  • Lon Tonneson

    S.D. Soybean Processors Back In The Black

    Inside Dakota Ag

     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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  • Tim White

    Soybeans Play A Big Role In Greening Of Yellowstone

    Buckeye Farm Beat

     by Tim White
     on December 3, 2012

      The Ohio Soybean Council held their annual industry dinner last week. It featured lots of recognition and awards to farmers, officers and business folks who have served the group. Not to mention a great meal. It also had one of the most interesting guest speakers I’ve heard in a while. Jim Evanoff spent 32 years in the National Park Service. He recently retired as the environmental protection specialist for Yellowstone Park where he has been for the last 24 years…

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  • Josh Flint

    Our Soybeans Aren't As Good As Brazil's

    Prairie Gleanings

     by Josh Flint
     on November 16, 2012

    We’ve got a serious disconnect in the soybean value chain. At the Illinois Soybean Association’s “What’s in a soybean? What’s in it for you?” event, I learned the first three links in the chain get paid for yield – the seed company, farmer and grain elevator. Once the soybean processor gets a hold of those soybeans, yield is a tiny concern compared to protein and oil content. The end user, most likely a poultry farm according to the…

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  • Tim White

    Palmer Problems Complicate Herbicide Treatments

    Buckeye Farm Beat

     by Tim White
     on September 25, 2012

    Palmer amaranth has reared its ugly head in Ohio as reported by Mark Loux, OSU Extension weed specialist, in the Aug. 14 issue of the C.O.R.N. Newsletter. Loux says the state’s first confirmed infestation near Portsmouth is likely the result of contaminated CREP or wildlife seed. The population is both ALS and glyphosate resistant, according to his report. “There are several other suspect sites in Ohio, which we are in the process of investigating,” Loux writes. “There…

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