This post is brought to you through the South Dakota Soybean checkoff’s Hungry for Truth initiative, aimed at connecting South Dakota consumers to farmers.
Nearly every new farm implement, regardless of color or brand, is equipped with a precision technology capability. Whether it is auto-steer or remote sensing technology, precision agriculture technology and acceptance are expanding rapidly.
Like a South Dakota snowbird who heads south for the winter, soybeans love to soak up the sun. Capturing sunlight is one of the keys to high-yielding soybeans as the plants convert sunlight to chemical energy. Higher energy conversion means higher yields.
Timely planting is recognized as an important factor in achieving maximum soybean yields. Research shows, for most South Dakota farmers, May 15 is the target date for getting seeds in the ground. Early planting may maximize the amount of sun plants capture during the growing season, but it also can put soybeans at risk if soil conditions aren’t ideal.
In December, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) approved Engenia, Xtendimax with Vapor Grip technology and Fexapan herbicides for use in South Dakota for the 2018 growing season. Per the label, all persons, private or commercial, applying these products must also complete dicamba-specific training and pass an examination. Documentation of completion of the training and examination will be required to apply these products.
For many families, the Christmas season doesn’t begin until the tree is decorated. Walking in the crisp, cool air – sometimes through a foot of snow – to select the perfect tree can be a fun family adventure, especially if you cut your own at a Christmas tree farm.
In just a couple weeks, farmers and ranchers across the nation will start receiving the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Producers can mail in their completed census form, or respond online via the improved web questionnaire. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service has extensively revised the online questionnaire to make it more convenient for producers.
Attention to quality management helps farmers get the most out of their soybeans whether they are bound for long-term storage or a voyage to overseas markets. Some soybeans are marketed right off the combine, while others are stored for months as farmers position themselves to respond to market opportunities. Their intended use impacts how farmers treat soybeans while in storage.