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.
In a year dominated by coronavirus, grain markets were able to take advantage of the world’s largest consumer coming back to the table for imports. Spurred on by record, or near record domestic prices, China turned to the United States to help fill structural deficits in corn, soybeans and wheat. At the time of this writing, Dalian futures in China show corn at $10.97 per bushel, No. 2 soybeans at $17.76 per bushel and wheat near $10.00 per bushel. These prices and the chart below help illustrate the tightening grain situation in China.
Biodiesel and renewable diesel have a success story to share. However, that often gets overshadowed by common misconceptions and myths. There are many assumptions about the biomass-based diesel fuel, but rest assured, the fuel is better, cleaner, and available right now for consumption.
There is a common thread among top winners in the 2020 South Dakota Soybean Yield Contest. First Place finishers have a desire to improve their per/acre soybean output. Entering the contest annually is their opportunity to try a production tactic that might or might not work. It might or might not be cost effective on an entire farm. Regardless, it is a grower’s chance at discovery, a chance at growing a few more bushels an acre, and a chance at being more profitable.
Hoon Ge of MEG Corp conducted diesel and biodiesel training at three schools in February 2021. Hoon presented to approximately 164 students and 14 instructors at Mitchel Technical Institute in Mitchell, Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown and Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls. These workshops cover the following topics: Fuel from Crude Oil, Introduction to Biodiesel, Biodiesel Quality, Diesel Vehicles and OEMs, Common Diesel Issues and Cold Weather Operability. Each student is provided a Basics of Using Biodiesel guide, an Identifying Common Diesel Issues poster and a biodiesel logoed promotional item.
Cattle Producers Recognized for Outstanding Environmental StewardshipIn a special edition of NCBA’s Cattlemen to Cattlemen, seven of the nation’s top cattle operations were honored for implementing practices that make them true stewards of land, air and water resources. Each of these farms and ranches exemplify the commitment of all producers to protect the resources in their care and improve their operations for future generations of cattlemen and women.
The American Soybean Association (ASA) is now accepting applications for the Valent Ag Voices of the Future program, which will be held July 19-22, 2021, in conjunction with the summer ASA Board meeting and Soy Issues Forum in Washington, D.C. The Ag Voices of the Future program is for students interested in improving their understanding of major agricultural policy issues, the importance of advocacy and careers that can impact agricultural policy. Class size is limited and students must be at least 18 years old to apply.
South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem is hosting a teleconference call for all farmers and ranchers at 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday, January 6 to discuss the merger of the SD Department of Agriculture and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
Three SD Soybean farmers were featured in a virtual trade tour as a part of the Export of Soybean Meal and Soybeans to Asia Project. Instead of trade teams traveling for the usual harvest crop tour, the project interviewed and filmed producers from Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota with the goal to walk overseas customers through all different aspects of harvest and highlight the families and farms supplying them. The videos are featured in English and Chinese on Youtube.