The Soybean Pod

We are bringing you the best soybean stories on our NEW podcast, with our host Tom Steever. Introducing The Soybean Pod, where we’re discussing the incredible soybean, the people who grow it, and why that crop is so important. Brought to you by South Dakota soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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The Soybean Pod

John Mollison On Houdek serving the aquaculture market

May 22, 2024

“We absolutely need aquaculture in the world.” A South Dakota company important to soybean demand was born to serve the aquaculture market. That company – Prairie Aquatech – expanded its mission to include pet food and is now Houdek. John Mollison, who does communications for the company, explains in this edition of The Soybean POD why the company is now known by the name of eastern South Dakota’s native soil and why aquaculture is so important to the protein needs of Earth’s growing population. We also get personal with a dive into the beginnings of my and Mollison’s decades-old friendship, which began in a recording studio promoting pizza.

Soybean Cyst Nematode testing with Dr. Madalyn Shires

May 20, 2024

There are no counties in eastern South Dakota that are untouched by soybean cyst nematode, a pest that’s become well-known for reducing soybean yields wherever there is an infestation. Dr. Madalyn Shires, a plant pathologist at South Dakota State University talks on this episode of The Soybean POD about making that important determination of whether, and to what degree, a field is infested. Dr. Shires talks about when and how to test, and that the South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council foots the bill for testing.

Tregg Cronin's thoughts on where markets are headed

Apr 30, 2024

In his young life, Tregg Cronin has seen plenty of change to the supply and demand landscape and has developed a keen insight and perspective about commodity markets and direction in the global farm economy. Cronin, who farms in Gettysburg, South Dakota, has a history in market analysis that gets attention all over the country. He’s in demand to share his thoughts about where markets are headed and what’s pushing them. He offers as much in this edition of The Soybean POD.

SDSA's Andy Weisser fighting fires with SOY

Apr 03, 2024

One of the newest members of the South Dakota Soybean Association Board of Directors is an Edmunds County farmer who also happens to be the assistant chief of the Roscoe, South Dakota Volunteer Fire Department. In this episode of The South Dakota Soybean Pod we hear from Andy Weisser how he began farming and how he became a South Dakota Soybean Association board member. Andy also talks about how his interest in fighting fires resulted in a trip to Georgia to visit a plant that makes a fire suppressant out of soybeans.

Soybean Yield with Dr. Cheryl Reese

Feb 21, 2024

The South Dakota Soybean Yield Contest is much more than a friendly competition for yield bragging rights. The contestants are, after all, South Dakotans, so there’s not much outward bragging even for those with the best yields. The real value of the annual contest is in the data collected each year that, with expert analysis, helps improve yields in following years, according to Cheryl Reese, a senior lecturer at South Dakota State University who teaches soybean production. In this edition of The Soybean POD, we’ll hear from Ms. Reese what agronomic traits most contribute to improvements in yield.

Matt Gast On USB Supply Strategy

Feb 20, 2024

As much as there is a strategy for building soybean demand domestically and globally, there is a strategy for filling that demand. We live in a hungry world, a world also in need of environmentally friendly, sustainable products, which take a huge supply of soybeans. In this episode of The Soybean POD, United Soybean Board Supply Action Team Chair Matt Gast, from southeastern North Dakota, gives a clearer picture of the United Soybean Board’s plan for maintaining soybean supply.

April Hemmes On USB Demand Strategy

Feb 20, 2024

U.S.-grown soybeans provide the world with a huge amount of essential protein, from feed for livestock and aquaculture to directly feeding people. The United Soybean Board’s mission is to maintain global demand for soy nutrition as well as demand for sustainable, environmentally friendly industrial products from lubricants to ink to tires to artificial turf and more. In this episode of The Soybean POD, April Hemmes, United Soybean Board Demand Action Team Chair, talks about USB’s strategy for maintaining high demand for U.S.-grown soybeans.

Hungry for Truth connecting food, the people who grow it & eat it with John Horter

Nov 24, 2023

“What we’ve got here is failure to communicate.” The line worked in the movie Cool Hand Luke, but a failure to communicate is what South Dakota soybean growers were trying to avoid a decade ago when a handful of farmers at the core of South Dakota Soybean created Hungry for Truth. That initiative is aimed at reasoned conversation between farmers and people who aren’t farmers. Successful communication is a key part of the South Dakota Soybean Checkoff mission, and in this episode of The Soybean POD, John Horter talks about how Hungry for Truth completes the connection between food, the people who produce it and everyone who enjoys healthy eating.