South Dakota farmers have numerous allies when it comes to improving productivity and yield. Their retail agronomist, financial advisor, and grain hauler all play important roles in farmer success. Researchers and Extension experts are also in their corner, continuously searching for ways to increase yield and keep expenses down.
October – or “Porktober” – is celebrated annually as National Pork Month. It is the time of year when hogs were traditionally marketed. Today, hogs are marketed throughout the year, but October is still a time for the industry to encourage consumers to see the benefit of adding pork to their diet.
Harvest is a busy time for the farm family and healthy eating becomes a challenge even for dietitians who are also family farmers. Just as farmers prepare and maintain all their equipment for harvest, farm families can prepare for and maintain healthy eating for optimal “operation” during this stressful time.
David Iverson maintains a lofty point of view. At six-foot-four, he has a good vantage point from which to survey conditions on the Toronto, South Dakota farm where he’s the fourth-generation steward. The current United Soybean Board secretary also has a huge servant heart. Iverson, with a history of leadership among soybean growers, chaired the American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) a decade ago. That position gave him the chance to witness what WISHH was doing in Central America.
A methodical approach to selling grain by committing bushels to futures contracts as commodity markets rally can protect your operation from market volatility and promote long-term profitability. In this educational segment, Andrew Wieting of Swenson Commodities outlines some of the basics of this data-driven strategy, commonly referred to as hedging. This video is sponsored by South Dakota farmers through the soybean checkoff.
Soybean growers had the vision decades ago to invest internationally. At the Global Trade Exchange (GTE), held in August, Jim Sutter, CEO of the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC), said the USSEC focuses on work in many countries around the world to improve nutrition and food security.
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.