South Dakota farmer sees progress after port’s weather damage

A big uncertainty for South Dakota soybean growers is weather, which affects them in more ways than one. It hit most eastern South Dakota farmers hard last year in the form of severe drought. They were hit again, if indirectly, when a tropical storm clobbered southern Louisiana, setting back grain handling at the Port of New Orleans. “The hurricane really damaged one of the Cargill plants,” said Todd Hanten, a South Dakota farmer and board member for the South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council.

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No-till is just the beginning…

Farmers find no-till hits on many soil health principles, bring many benefits.

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Bringing Legal Experience to the SD Soybean Checkoff Board

Heather Beaner’s seat on the South Dakota Soybean Checkoff Board is her voice in directing how farmer checkoff funds are spent. The Spink County farmer, a former U.S. Air Force lawyer, says the Soybean Checkoff projects she favors involve the management of pests unique to Northern soybean growers. “The pests that we face, while there is some version of them around the other soybean growing areas in the country, they’re specific to us in this colder, more western climate,” said Beaner, “and so I really appreciate the research that South Dakota State University (SDSU) does.”
Checkoff Board members, including Beaner, meet periodically with SDSU researchers to determine which projects get priority. “And they’ve got some really fascinating pest control – either weed, or bug infestation, or things like white mold – that hit our South Dakota soybeans in a way that other states just don’t have the same problems to the level that we have or the nuances that come with living this far north.”

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Lead Your Soybean Checkoff

The South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council (SDSRPC) is seeking farmers to fill leadership positions on a state and national level. Apply to become a director of how soybean checkoff dollars are used to create markets worldwide, develop new uses, and drive the demand for South Dakota soybeans.

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Global Balance Sheet in Focus

Thanks to drought in parts of South America, the global soybean balance sheet has gone from overburdened to tight in a couple short months.

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Commodity Classic 2022

Farmers from across South Dakota attended Commodity Classic in New Orleans, LA, to represent the SD Soybean Checkoff and The SD Soybean Association.

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For ASA Chm. Scott, 2022 Classic a family celebration

The 2022 Commodity Classic was an in-person event for the first time in two years. One of those most excited to be in New Orleans was American Soybean Association (ASA) Chairman Kevin Scott. Before being chairman, Scott was elected ASA President during a Zoom meeting a year ago last December. Stopping for a few minutes during the 2022 Commodity Classic Trade Show, Scott said taking the reins virtually at the height of the pandemic was analogous to getting done what needs to be done.

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Managing high input costs in 2022

Farmer deals with sticker shock on crop inputs

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New Soybean Processing Plant Creating New Opportunities

Ostrem calls new plant ‘another opportunity for South Dakota soybeans to be raised and processed here’

South Dakota soybean growers will soon have access to greater processing capacity. “The South Dakota Soybean Processors (SDSP) have decided to create a new location just south of Mitchell, [South Dakota],” said Tim Ostrem, Chairman of the South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, the Checkoff arm of South Dakota Soybean. “We’re excited about that opportunity.”

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