• Lon Tonneson

    The buzz from the Northern Soybean Expo

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     by Lon Tonneson
     on February 17, 2015

    I’m at the Northern Soybean Expo in Fargo, N.D. today. Todd Buchholz, former White House economic director under George H.W. Bush and a widely quoted popular economist, created a buzz with a couple key points during his presentation. He said that: The Federal Reserve will likely raise increase rates ½ of percentage point by the end of the year. But if the Federal Reserve is wrong about inflation being held in check, stock market values could plunge 10-25% quickly. China will…

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    High Tech Soybean Seed You Can Save

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     by Lon Tonneson
     on January 16, 2015

    North Dakota State University is apparently on track to release a new glyphosate-resistant soybean variety in 2017 that you will be able to save seed from and plant the following year without breaking Monsanto’s patent. Commercial quantities of the seed could be available in 2018, says Ted Helms, NDSU soybean breeder. Members of North Dakota Soybean Council got a look at the line in one of NDSU’s winter nurseries in Chile. “Having a winter nursery … helps reduce the…

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    First Freeze Coming Too Early

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     by Lon Tonneson
     on September 11, 2014

    There's a freeze warning out for parts of western and central North Dakota tonight. That might mean trouble for soybeans. Research information from Wisconsin has shown that all varieties tested had reduced yields when frost occurred at or before the R6 growth stage, says Hans Kandell, NDSU Extension agronomist, writing in the latest Crop and Pest Report. The R6 growth stage is defined as ‘full seed’ – the stage at which time pods contain green seeds that fill the pod…

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    Selling Soybeans To China

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     by Lon Tonneson
     on August 20, 2014

    It’s good to see some of the biggest buyers of U.S. soybeans in the Dakotas this week. Eighteen feed manufacturers from China are in Fargo at the Northern Crops Institute attending the Feed Manufacturing Technology course. The course is co-sponsored by Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, North Dakota Soybean Council and South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council in conjunction with the U.S. Soybean Export Council. “China is the largest user of soybeans and…

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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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