Nationwide, soybean checkoff programs, including the South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council (SDSRPC) are working to discover new uses for soybeans to help increase demand and deliver strong ROI for farmers. One great example is the application of PoreShield on the new construction on Marion Road in Sioux Falls, SD.
South Dakota farms, at least those in Chad Schooley’s neighborhood around Castlewood, South Dakota, have received anywhere from just a few inches of summer rain to 20 inches. Schooley lost some corn to wind a few weeks ago, “not a lot, probably two to three percent,” he said. The Hamlin County farmer’s soybeans look relatively good, saved by late season rain.
Everything was looking just fine for most soybean producers in South Dakota during the spring 2021 planting season. Bean markets were strong, riding a wave of optimism. A relatively mild, low-moisture winter and early spring made it easy to get into the fields.
Jesse King knows longevity and is setting a foundation for the future of his farm and his community. King, from Toronto, South Dakota, just built a home on the farm that has been in his family for 140 years. He balances farming 1,600 acres in Brookings and Deuel Counties, community involvement, and leadership on the South Dakota Soybean Association Board of Directors. The latter is the result of his being selected in 2019 to be a Corteva Young Leader participant, for which South Dakota Soybean is currently seeking applicants. King’s desire to lead began when he met South Dakota Soybean board members on a Checkoff sponsored See for Yourself tour to Mexico in 2018.
Soybean growers in several states are puzzled by soybean cupping that has recently come to light. There are three probable causes, according to Paul Johnson, extension weed science coordinator at South Dakota State University, including the cupping that is familiar to producers who have had injury from off-target dicamba.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) helps America’s farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners invest in, improve and expand their agricultural operations. FSA programs also assist producers in recovering from the impacts of natural disasters and market fluctuations. The Agency’s roots trace back to the Great Depression when the Farm Security Administration was established. Although the name and mission have changed over the years, FSA remains committed to America’s farmers and ranchers.
A dry spring brought a timely end to planting for Jamie and Brian Johnson at Frankfort, South Dakota. They planted with what Jamie says were “no hiccups,” but soil moisture is in short supply. An inch of rain at their place in late June failed to provide consistent coverage.
If you have ever used biologicals on your farm and fields—or even thought about testing them out on a strip trial—you’re probably not alone. Agricultural biologicals have emerged in the past 10 to 15 years as an increasingly popular aid to promote nutrient uptake during a crop’s early growth stages, activate its natural defenses against pest pressure and support yield objectives.
May is a busy month as fieldwork progresses and pesticide applications are a critical component for the management of most farm operations. Weeds, insects, and diseases are all best treated early in their development before there is significant damage or yield loss.