It is a fact that South Dakota has a shorter soybean growing season compared to our midwestern neighbors. It is also a fact that South Dakota has one of the shortest, and earliest legislative sessions in the country. While there may not be a correlation between the soybean growing season and the number of days we meet in Pierre codified anywhere in our laws, I have to think it is based on the notion that we get like to get a lot of work done in a short amount of time.
B100 – 100 percent renewable biodiesel – is a step closer to viability for commercial fleet operations thanks to a pilot project testing the renewable fuel in heavy-duty over-the-road trucks. The trucks running 100 percent biodiesel were retrofitted with Optimus Vector fuel systems. Company CEO Colin Huwyler says the 18-month pilot was intended to test the fuel system technology that enables the trucks to run on pure biodiesel.
A vegetable oil analyst sees growing soybean oil demand as a renewable diesel fuel feedstock partly because of flattening palm oil production. Soybean oil production is set to overtake palm oil production in a few years, according to Dr. James Fry, founder of LMC International in Great Britain. “By 2030, soy will be far ahead of palm, significantly ahead as the leading oil,” said Dr. Fry, during a U.S. Soybean Export Council webinar. “The world cannot look to oil palm to meet its growth in oil demand.”
Tanner Hento of Avon, S.D. has been selected to represent the South Dakota Soybean Association (SDSA) in the 2021-2022 American Soybean Association/ Corteva Agriscience Young Leader program.
An overwhelming majority of farms in the U.S. are family-owned, and most of those operations are transferred from one generation to the next. But passing on the reins to a farm operation is far more complex than giving the keys for the old family sedan to your oldest child.