“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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There is a common thread among top winners in the 2020 South Dakota Soybean Yield Contest. First Place finishers have a desire to improve their per/acre soybean output. Entering the contest annually is their opportunity to try a production tactic that might or might not work. It might or might not be cost effective on an entire farm. Regardless, it is a grower’s chance at discovery, a chance at growing a few more bushels an acre, and a chance at being more profitable.
Hoon Ge of MEG Corp conducted diesel and biodiesel training at three schools in February 2021. Hoon presented to approximately 164 students and 14 instructors at Mitchel Technical Institute in Mitchell, Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown and Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls. These workshops cover the following topics: Fuel from Crude Oil, Introduction to Biodiesel, Biodiesel Quality, Diesel Vehicles and OEMs, Common Diesel Issues and Cold Weather Operability. Each student is provided a Basics of Using Biodiesel guide, an Identifying Common Diesel Issues poster and a biodiesel logoed promotional item.