Research that improves production and the environment
Soybeans are Minnesota’s No. 1 exported commodity out of the state
MN produces 2x as many bushels of soybeans as it consumes
MN produces 65 million gallons of biodiesel across three plants
Major production research projects funded with checkoff dollars.
Leading soybean minds joined soybean farmers in a discussion forum including 17 University of Minnesota researchers and 5 major companies.
of soybean acres are under continuously rotated plantings to help increase biodiversity.
Conservation discovery farms
to better understand farm practices, such as tiling, cover crops and buffers, that impact Minnesota’s water quality.
Median annual precipitation for DFM sites in 2015 was 4.21 inches below normal.
26% of annual surface runoff occurred during frozen soil, 3% left as surface runoff and 6% attributed to tile drainage
Commercializing soy-based products
RePLAY agricultural oil asphalt sealant that is 89 percent biobased, sealing 50 counties in Minnesota.
B20 is estimated to add 63 cents to the value of a bushel or soybeans, or $31.82 per acre, based on the average yield of 50.5 bu/acre with the average farmer using 6 gallons of diesel per acre.