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Another Look in the Field – Palmer Moves Farther North

On Friday Sept. 26, Ag Professional reported that Palmer amaranth had been found in Buffalo County, South Dakota. Early this spring Dr. Bob Hartzler with Iowa State University confirmed that Palmer had been identified at several locations in Iowa. Read more


10 Percent Biodiesel Receives Passing Grade in Minnesota

With summer giving way to fall, Minnesota is celebrating a successful run with 10 percent biodiesel (B10) at the pumps.

“The implementation of B10 went very well,” said George Goblish, President of the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association (MSGA). “I think we alleviated the concerns of truckers and auto manufacturers.” Read more

Minnesota Capitol

Gordon Addresses Rail Concerns Before Joint Committee

Minnesota Soybean Growers Association and American Soybean Association director William Gordon, of Worthington, Minn., testified before a joint committee Tuesday in St. Paul about the impact rail is having on agriculture as a whole.William Gordon
Gordon spoke to a joint committee made up of the Committee on Transportation and Public Safety; Committee on Commerce; Committee on Jobs, Agriculture and Rural Development; House Committee on Transportation Finance; House Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection Finance and Policy.
“We know this is a national issue,” Gordon said. “States can offer their support, but may not be able to directly influence railroads or interstate commerce. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t things this committee can do to help alleviate some of the problem that have developed as a result of the transportation bottleneck.”
Gordon’s testimony offered insights into the financial losses to farmers because of the lack of rail availability, and also offered examples of alternatives to rail to help move crops to market. Click below to read his testimony.



Senator Kathy Sheran

Sen. Sheran talks transportation, GMOs at Minnesota Soybean office

Sen. Kathy Sheran, District 19, stopped by the Minnesota Soybean office Friday, Sept. 26, to talk all things soybeans, but by day’s end, it was clear she had one important topic on her mind — transportation.

Sheran met with Minnesota Soybean staff to better understand the challenges Minnesota soybean farmers, particularly southern Minnesota soybean farmers, have with getting their crop to market.

“In the Midwest as a whole, the big picture is that we can’t get containers but we grow all the food,” said Sam Ziegler, Director of Marketing Programs for Minnesota Soybean.
Ziegler called to attention the opportunities for Mankato business, both agricultural and non-agricultural, to benefit from a local shipping hub, one in which railroads could import as well as exports containers to the region. Read more

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ASA Addresses Dicamba Regulation; Comment Period Extended

This week, ASA encourages soy growers to take a minute and submit comments on USDA-APHIS’s petition for deregulation of Monsanto’s dicamba-tolerant soybean and cotton varieties. Comments on the petition have been extended and are due by midnight on Friday, Oct. 10. Read ASA’s official comments here.

ASA’s stance on Monsanto’s petition includes the following points: Read more

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack

USDA Secretary Vilsack talks Farm Bill, discusses online tools

As the implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill continues, USDA Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and members of Minnesota’s Congressional delegation met with representatives across all Minnesota agricultural fields Thursday, Sept. 26, at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul Campus to tout an online system to help farmers make decisions about the new programs.
Minnesota Soybean Growers Association Vice President Paul Freeman and Minnesota Soybean Chief Executive Officer Tom Slunecka attended the gathering.
Vilsack was joined by Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and Representatives Colin Peterson, Tim Walz and Rick Nolan.
Listen to what Vilsack and Peterson had to say about the new online system, and the Farm Bill as a whole.

Soybean Harvest

Another Look in the Field – Beginning harvest

Harvest is arriving as the weather looks to return to warmer temperatures for the next seven days. Soybean fields impacted by the frost have opened the canopy a bit with the shriveled or cast damaged leaves and the warm temps will help further finish those crops not already reaching maturity naturally. I’d like to suggest a few last-minute things to consider as your soybean harvest begins.Dr. Paul Meints

Check your harvest equipment regularly for safety and efficiency. The little things are the easy ones to overlook and can also cost in threshing efficiency, actual yield and value at the gate. Be sure to check your combine adjustments, particularly cutter bar sickle sections and ledger plates. Missing sickle sections are easy to spot, but worn or damaged sections or ledger plates can be just as detrimental. Read more

Southeast Asia Soy Buyers Tour Minnesota Farm

Participants in a trade mission from southeast Asia,  visiting an area crop and livestock operation,  now have a better understanding of U.S. agricultural products and soybean production practices thanks to a tour of the Mike Riley family farm near Amboy.

Organized by the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) in conjunction with the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council (MSR&PC), the Southeast Asia trade mission included 45 executives representing 37 companies from Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines and Malaysia.

For the Riley family, this was the second time a trade delegation has spent time on their farm to learn more about crop and livestock production.

The stop at the Riley farm provided the delegation with a close look at the equipment necessary to harvest soybeans and to learn more the production practices the family follows on their operation.  The group was particularly interested in learning more about the cost of production, grain storage and the latest in machinery technology.  Riley and his wife Cathy, along with their sons, Dusty and Ross, their ag lender and crop insurance advisor took time to answer questions from the delegation.  The group also spent time at a hog nursery facility to learn more about swine production and diets.  

“The group was very curious about the soybean production in this part of the state as they had heard this area had been hit hard by frost a week or so ago, so they were curious as how that may affect our yields,” said Riley. “This group really seemed interested in our operation and what it takes to produce soybeans.  It was a privilege for our family to share our crop and livestock operation practices with them.”

According to USSEC Regional Director for Southeast Asia Timothy Loh, the group was eager to visit the Riley farm to learn more about Minnesota crop and livestock production agriculture.

“Many of the companies represented on this delegation are importers of U.S. agricultural products,” Loh said. “The annual import requirement for this group is approximately 3.7 million metric tons of soybean meal, 2.5 million metric tons of commodity grade soybeans, and 37,000 metric tons of identity preserved, variety specific soybeans.”

Prior to arriving in southern Minnesota, the buyers participated in the Midwest Shippers Conference in Milwaukee, WI. The delegation also spent time at the farms of soybean producers in southeast Minnesota and in northern Minnesota.   

Soybean Research RFP Reflects Grower Input

Yield is of primary importance to soybean farmers across Minnesota and is a key focus of research funded by the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council (MSR&PC). This year, research into different types of soil and climate conditions ranging from northern to southern Minnesota is especially important as prices have dropped, climate conditions are changing and the geographical production of soybeans has steadily increased into northern Minnesota. 

The MSR&PC invests millions of dollars in soybean research to address the challenges soybean farmers face regularly. This year’s request for proposals (RFP) for soybean research will look a bit different as the organization addresses specific needs of northern Minnesota’s growers.

During the first week of August, soybean farmers were surveyed at plot field days held by county soybean organizations and the soybean checkoff. These surveys provided valuable feedback for the future of soybean production.

Notable results include:

  • 42% of respondents indicated Iron Deficiency Chlorosis was important
  • 36% of respondents indicated Information on Seed Treatment need and effectiveness was important
  • 24% of respondents indicated Root and Stem disease was important
  • 24% of respondents indicated Soybean Cyst Nematode was important
  • 17% of respondents indicated Row Spacing; Fertility; or Yield (for each) was important

These recommendations, made by soybean farmers themselves, were taken into account by the MSRPC Production Action Team. The team then incorporated those needs into the RFP to request research and technology transfer soybean projects that will continue to meet the needs identified by soybean growers across Minnesota.

“The MSR&PC Production Action Team has members from across the state representing Minnesota soybean farmers. Using farmer expressed needs assessment provides us with the most accurate determination of what questions funded research and extension projects can address to help all Minnesota farmers improve their soybean management and increase yields and profitability,” Paul Meints, MN Soybean Research Programs Manager, said. “Region specific needs are incorporated into the request for proposals (RFP) as well as general statewide needs to assure we are finding answers for growers in newly expanding Minnesota soybean production areas as well as established growing regions.”

The RFP for soybean research projects will be released Oct. 1, primarily to University researchers.

The MSR&PC oversees the investment of soybean checkoff dollars on behalf of the state’s soybean farmers. The council is governed by the rules of a federally mandated checkoff program that requires all soybean producers to pay a fee on the soybeans they sell. Funds are used to promote, educate and develop market opportunities for soybeans.

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U of M Extension to Release Tillage Videos

Do you often wonder what type of tillage is really best for your soil conditions and crop rotation? Or maybe you’re unsure how tractor and implement traffic affects your soil?
While there is no one answer for all farmers, there are many aspects that factor into what is best on your farm. Soil health is valuable to your crop yield year after year, so choosing tillage that will minimize damage to soil structure and avoiding compaction is important. Read more