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.
Sioux Falls officials have found an environmentally friendly way to extend the life of the city’s streets. South Dakota Soybean Research & Promotion Council (SDSRPC) Chairman Tim Ostrem says two soy-based products have been developed to help preserve street surfaces.
South Dakota farmers rely upon a system of rural bridges to effectively deliver their soybeans or other commodities to the local elevator or processing facility – often serving as the first step in a journey to a customer halfway around the world. A well-maintained rural bridge inventory is therefore essential to farmer profitability.
Spring brings planting season for South Dakota farmers. That means more tractors pulling planters and other farm equipment down highways and roads across the state. That also means increased potential for farm-equipment-related accidents between motorists and those farmers.
This week, South Dakota soybean farmers had the opportunity to meet with one of the largest private agricultural companies in China. HOPEFULL Grain & Oil Group Co., Ltd is a leading integrator in agricultural trade, grain storage, packaging and ocean transportation. The company is also one of the leading soybean processors in China, crushing 9 million metric tons of soybeans this year alone.
The South Dakota Soybean Association (SDSA) is the soybean advocacy organization that works hard to represent farmers’ best interests in Washington. Transportation infrastructure is a top priority for SDSA and for all of South Dakota’s farmers. While we’ve all been busy in the fields with harvest, SDSA has also been engaged in important legislative discussions. Today, SDSA submitted letters to South Dakota’s Congressional delegates on the Safe Trucking Act.