Letter from Your Soybean Checkoff

Our name, South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council (SDSRPC), encompasses what we strive to accomplish as soybean checkoff board members. Each of us is committed to helping your family be profitable growing soybeans. 

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Soybean Farmers Assist with Diagnosing Condition of Rural Bridges

South Dakota farmers rely upon a system of rural bridges to effectively deliver their soybeans or other commodities to the local elevator or processing facility – often serving as the first step in a journey to a customer halfway around the world.  A well-maintained rural bridge inventory is therefore essential to farmer profitability.  

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Yield Contest Winner Spotlight: Bob Creasy

“The little things all added up to be a big thing,” is how Bob Creasey describes capturing the top spot in the 2020 contest. The Geddes, South Dakota, farmer is near the Missouri River where

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Spring into Action and Be Seen

Spring brings planting season for South Dakota farmers. That means more tractors pulling planters and other farm equipment down highways and roads across the state. That also means increased potential for farm-equipment-related accidents between motorists and those farmers.

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Standing up to drought: No-till, cover crops build resilient soil for managing water

South Dakota farmers slogged through two wet years before the rain shut off in the middle of the last growing season. Now a warm start to winter without much snow cover has farmers heading into the next crop year short on moisture. 

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The Baseline on Biologicals

Ag Microbials and/or Ag Biologicals is a segment in agriculture receiving a lot of focus in recent years.  This focus is due to benefits microbes can provide over synthetic chemicals.  Their novelty is measured by their ability to provide modes of actions and solutions not found in other classes of ag chem.  An interesting feature of microbial products is their potential to increase in number and perhaps grow and move with the growth of the crop.  Their use is often associated with safety and sustainability both in their manufacture as well as placement and use in the environment.  

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Cover crops & drought: What to do

Cover crops have been a big success in recent years. The weather has been wet and cover crops have helped use up excess moisture, shrink saline areas, reclaim Prevent Plant acres, increase soil organic matter, kickstart soil biological life and much more.

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China Brings The Demand Back to Grains

In a year dominated by coronavirus, grain markets were able to take advantage of the world’s largest consumer coming back to the table for imports.  Spurred on by record, or near record domestic prices, China turned to the United States to help fill structural deficits in corn, soybeans and wheat.  At the time of this writing, Dalian futures in China show corn at $10.97 per bushel, No. 2 soybeans at $17.76 per bushel and wheat near $10.00 per bushel. These prices and the chart below help illustrate the tightening grain situation in China.

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Hindsight is 2020

Get to know our newly-elected SDSA President Jordan Scott in his letter to South Dakota farmers. Published in the 2021 Spring Soybean Leader magazine.

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National Biodiesel Day: The Facts about Biodiesel

 Biodiesel and renewable diesel have a success story to share. However, that often gets overshadowed by common misconceptions and myths. There are many assumptions about the biomass-based diesel fuel, but rest assured, the fuel is better, cleaner, and available right now for consumption. 

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