MSR&PC Meets, Sets Budget for 2015

Members of the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council met this week in Moorhead, Minn., to set the organizational budget for 2015. The Council reviewed recommendations from action teams for funding efforts in the areas of market development, production, environmental stewardship, marketing communications, new uses, industry relations and more. The farmer leaders invest soybean checkoff dollars into projects that are aimed at increasing the profitability of soybean farming.

Trade Teams Tour Minnesota Farms

Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council, in conjunction with AGP, hosted a group of soybean and soybean meal buyers from South East Asia who were interested in meeting farmers and looking at the 2014 soybean crop. The delegates made visits on Wednesday, Aug. 20, to tour Lance Peterson’s farm near Underwood, Minn., and Jeffrey & Karen Larson’s farm near Evansville, Minn.

On Thursday, the groups  continued touring Minnesota with a visit to a dairy facility, a turkey facility, an ethanol plant and to Minnesota Soybean Growers Association director Mike O’Leary’s family hog farm near Danvers, Minn. An important part of maintaining a relationship with trade teams is to host them on farm tours or take them straight to producers to experience U.S. agriculture first-hand, to make connections with farmers on a personal level and develop an understanding of modern agriculture.

Another Look in the Field: SCN in the field and research developments

Many of us say “SCN” like we were spitting and with good reason. Soybean Cyst Nematode remains a thief of yield potential in many soybean production fields across the state, and in spite of our efforts, seems to continue to expand in territory. While we can begin looking for live SCN females attached to soybean roots about five weeks after planting, this is the time of year where field counts are usually highest and thus easiest to identify as problems.

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Farm Bill Webinar with Q&A

Missed the last Farm Bill webinar covering Updating Crop Base Acres and FSA Program Yields? That’s OK. We have you covered. You can catch up on any of the Farm Bill webinars here, or you can access the Farm Bill webinar education series on the Minnesota Soybean Promotion & Research Council Webinars page or the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association Webinars page. You can also listen to a Farm Bill Q&A recap with Farm Market Analyst Al Kluis and Farm Management Analyst Kent Thiesse.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Aug. 14 Farm Bill webinar. We had a large turnout for the event, which means together we are delving into this new bill to learn the best options for our farmers.

Kluis/Thiesse Q&A Part One

Kluis/Thiesse Q&A Part Two

Dodge County Farmers Help Show Value of Minnesota to Japanese Buyers

CLAREMONT, Minn. — A group of Japanese pork and beef buyers have a better understanding of American agriculture thanks to a tour of Minnesota that included a stop at Bruce Schmoll’s farm south of Claremont.

The buyers, in Minnesota as part of a tour hosted by U.S. Meat and Export Federation (USMEF) in conjunction with the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council (MSR&PC) and Minnesota Department of Agriculture, met with industry leaders, including the Minnesota Board of Animal Health, Minnesota Pork Board Chairman Pat FitzSimmons, MSR&PC Director of Marketing Programs Sam Ziegler and a several exporters. The group also toured the Rancher’s Legacy plant in Vadnais Heights before stopping at Roger Toquam’s hog finishing site near Blooming Prairie. Read more

Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council has a New Look

The Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council has a new look with the launch of our new website. We are certain the new site will provide easier access to information about the soybean checkoff and how the MSR&PC is working on behalf of all Minnesota soybean farmers.  Read more

Another Look in the Field: Drowned out field strategy

Last week as I traveled from Mankato to Thief River Falls, it was impossible to miss the consequence of heavy rains that had covered most of the state. This week Minnesota is still in the news as the river systems swell while removing that rainfall through our State’s waterways. Field low spots are also draining at variable rates and this raises the question; what to do with that field area? I’m not going to focus on crop loss or insurance at this point, but on the field itself. For most of the field low spots I have observed, the drying process has been slow and we have rain forecast for the later part of the week at this writing. The option to replant any area is quickly diminishing if not already past. University of Minnesota Extension reports that when planting soybeans on July 1, yield potential is reduced by approximately 50% compared to soybeans planted early. The slow drainage compounded by more possible rainfall begins to suggest that by the time those field areas are dry enough to be planted, the loss of yield potential precludes that as a profitable option this year. In light of that, there are several other considerations to keep in mind for those field low spots.  Read more

Soybean Research & Promotion Council Directors Re-Elected

Mankato, Minn.—The current slate of Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council (MSR&PC) officers has been re-elected to a second term by the board of directors. The elections occurred at the Council’s June 18 board meeting in Mankato.

Paul Simonsen, a soybean farmer from Renville County was re-elected to chair the checkoff board. Simonsen operates his family farm raising corn, soybeans, sweet corn and peas in southern Renville County near Fairfax. Read more

Chinese Trade Delegation sees Minnesota Soybean Production Up Close

Murray County, Minn.— More than two dozen members of a swine delegation from China now have a healthier understanding of Minnesota soybean production and its role in healthy hogs thanks to a recent visit to southwest Minnesota. The international trade delegation, comprised of nutritionists, purchasers, and researchers, was in Minnesota as part of a nine-day visit to the Midwest to learn more about soybean and swine production practices. The delegation was hosted by the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council (MSR&PC) in conjunction with the United States Soybean Export Council (USSEC).

The day-long visit on June 12 began with presentations from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Minnesota Soybean and the Minnesota Department of Health. It also included a visit to RALCO Nutrition in Balaton. RALCO Nutrition kicked off the day with a presentation, which was followed by information from the Board of Animal Health and a presentation from Sam Ziegler about amino acids from soybeans.  Read more