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.
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.
Jesse King knows longevity and is setting a foundation for the future of his farm and his community. King, from Toronto, South Dakota, just built a home on the farm that has been in his family for 140 years. He balances farming 1,600 acres in Brookings and Deuel Counties, community involvement, and leadership on the South Dakota Soybean Association Board of Directors. The latter is the result of his being selected in 2019 to be a Corteva Young Leader participant, for which South Dakota Soybean is currently seeking applicants. King’s desire to lead began when he met South Dakota Soybean board members on a Checkoff sponsored See for Yourself tour to Mexico in 2018.
Soybean growers in several states are puzzled by soybean cupping that has recently come to light. There are three probable causes, according to Paul Johnson, extension weed science coordinator at South Dakota State University, including the cupping that is familiar to producers who have had injury from off-target dicamba.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) helps America’s farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners invest in, improve and expand their agricultural operations. FSA programs also assist producers in recovering from the impacts of natural disasters and market fluctuations. The Agency’s roots trace back to the Great Depression when the Farm Security Administration was established. Although the name and mission have changed over the years, FSA remains committed to America’s farmers and ranchers.
A dry spring brought a timely end to planting for Jamie and Brian Johnson at Frankfort, South Dakota. They planted with what Jamie says were “no hiccups,” but soil moisture is in short supply. An inch of rain at their place in late June failed to provide consistent coverage.