A group of Chinese Pork Producers spent an evening in Lincoln County this week, as Joel and Teresa Schreurs, the Lincoln County Corn and Soybean Growers and Minnesota Soybean welcomed the team to the Schreurs’ family farm. Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council (MSR&PC) sponsored the team, which allowed the group to learn about crop farming in Minnesota.
The questions that the Chinese team asked revolved around the average size of farms, rotation, management practices, crop protection and the reasoning behind growing corn and soybeans in the Midwest. Pictures were taken of the farmland as they were impressed by the size of fields. One difference that the Chinese immediately recognized was how large one farm can be and one farmer can maintain the operation.
“This team was in the U.S. for 2 weeks,” said Director of Market Development Kim Nill. “When they return to China, we hope they will be able to use new production skills and better management techniques to produce better pork, which in return could increase the use U.S. soybean meal.”
The evening concluded with conversations about each other’s culture and agricultural practices as well as a pork chop dinner provided by the Lincoln County Pork Producers.
The Chinese team spent the rest of its visit in Brookings, S.D., at the SDSU swine facility.
The trade team’s visit to Minnesota was made possible by the MSR&PC and the soybean checkoff.