Weeds poking above canopied soybeans are more than just an aggravation for farmers. They could signal the need for weed management plan adjustments.
The South Dakota Soybean Association (SDSA) welcomed news this morning out of Brussels that the European Union (EU) has approved three outstanding biotech soybean traits for import and processing. The approved traits include the Xtend dicamba-tolerant soybean and Vistive Gold high oleic soybean products from Monsanto, and the Balance GT FG72 soybean from Bayer CropScience.
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South Dakota soybean farmers have built long-term relationships with our overseas customers who count on a quality and reliable product. Over 60% of South Dakota’s soybeans are exported overseas, and proper on-farm grain storage is the first step in ensuring this quality. South Dakota soybean farmers work very hard to produce a quality crop that turns into an abundant supply of food, feed and fuel. Maintaining the value of that crop doesn’t stop when it’s harvested and in the storage bin.
With soybean and corn harvest on the horizon, the farmer-leaders of the South Dakota Soybean Association (SDSA) and the American Soybean Association (ASA) remind farmers to do their part by taking extra care to keep biotech traits that are not yet approved in key export markets out of normal grain marketing channels. For those soybean farmers who also produce corn, this includes keeping biotech corn traits that are not yet approved in China, such as MIR 162 and Duracade, out of normal commodity streams so that U.S. soybean shipments to China aren’t at risk of rejection due to the presence of unapproved corn traits.