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Research

MSR&PC focuses its production research on three main objectives: improving yields through genetics, improving agronomic practices and improving pest management.

Each year the MSR&PC funds research that contributes to a steady increase in soybean yields, greater variety availability, improved pest management options and much more. If not for the support of farmers and their checkoff funds, it is unlikely Minnesota would have grown to become one of the nation’s top soybean producing states.

In 2017, MSR&PC invested in 24 major production research projects.

Checkoff funded research studies

Genetics

Glyphosate resistant waterhemp control through cost effective combinations of pre-emergent and early post-emergent residual herbicide applications in soybean.

Andrew Lueck / Monsanto / 2018

Glyphosate resistant waterhemp is a widespread problem throughout Minnesota and the Midwest. First confirmed in Minnesota in 2007, waterhemp is known to be more difficult to control compared to most weed species; additionally, misapplication and overuse of post-emergent herbicides has led to selection pressure in waterhemp populations

Known glyphosate resistant bio-types in counties in southwest Minnesota continue to prevail through post-emergence herbicide programs. In a down farm economy, every little bit helps, and economical applications will provide the greatest value added to the grower.

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Sweat Equity Projects

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Project lead: Kim Nill, Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council

Summary: A reduced budget due to low checkoff collections has cause MSR&PC to invest in creative, low-cost projects in FY20. Tackling non-tariff trade barriers can seem tough, but our team has hit the ground running and is working hand-in-hand with United State Trade Representatives to tackle six non-tariff trade barriers with China, Japan, Taiwan, India, the United Kingdom and the European Union.

Unlike the past, the current administration is working and closing trade deals quicker than any other point in history, providing us a unique opportunity to tackle these non-tariff trade barriers head-on. If we are successful in knocking down all six of these non-tariff trade barriers, we would generate an additional 2 million metric tons of annual export demand out of the Pacific Northwest ports, ultimately increasing the value of Minnesota soybeans.

As of April 2020, MSR&PC has testified and/or provided written testimony in the creation of the Taiwan’s billion-dollar commitment to Minnesota and Iowa in 2018, the Japan Phase 1 Trade Agreement and the China Phase 1 Trade agreement. It also provided written comments on a new trade deal with India. Each of these projects puts Minnesota on the map and sets us apart as a leader in the soybean industry. We know Minnesota farmers produce the highest quality soybeans in the country; we are doing our job to make sure the world knows.

If any questions, please contact: Kim Nill, MSR&PC Director of Market Development, 507-388-1635 or knill@mnsoybean.com

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USMEF Red Meat Partnership

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Project Lead: United States Meat Export Federation (USMEF)

Summary: Livestock is the number one consumer of soybean meal around the world. Collaborating with organizations like the United States Meat Export Federation (USMEF) is critical in the development and expansion of these markets. Increasing the value of U.S. pork and soybean industries go hand-in-hand. With record pork production expected in the U.S., the need for soybean meal is crucial to that expansion.

MSR&PC has continued to not only invest in projects in the U.S., but also invest in USMEF’s Red Meat Partnership in Japan, aimed to maintain and grow volumes of pork consumption in the country. USMEF created an entire pork campaign in Japan with a mascot called, Gochipo. In Japan, you will find Gochipo on food labels, billboards and in magazines, all aimed at increasing the consumption of pork in Japan. With the prolonged campaign, Japanese buyers see Gochipo as a symbol of safety and nutrition when making decisions for their families at the grocery store and in restaurants.

Defining this market share and developing new products and menu items has led to the continuous increase of pork consumption in Japan. With pork exports adding nearly nine percent to the soybean market, increasing the demand for pork worldwide is putting money in farmers’ pockets.

If any questions, please contact: John Hinners, USMEF Vice President of Industry Relations, jhinners@usmef.org

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