As a South Dakota soybean farmer, you have the opportunity to see how the South Dakota soybean checkoff contributes to export opportunities. This June, the SD soybean checkoff will host 15 soybean farmers on a See For Yourself mission to the Pacific Northwest, a major export region for soybeans from South Dakota. The mission will give participants the opportunity to see how the checkoff works to increase productivity, profitability and demand.
In Brazil we had the amazing experience of visiting the Bom Futuro farm in the Mato Grosso region. The Bom Futuro farm was founded in 1982, and has already grown to be the largest soybean farm in the world, with 555,000 acres of just soybeans! This does not even include what they grow for other crops or their pasture land. They also grow 170,000 acres of cotton and 260,000 acres corn all around Mato Grosso state, considering the first and the second crops.
During our many hours of travel time (including a drive home to Sioux Falls,after our flight from Chicago was cancelled), the group had plenty of time to collect our thoughts and reflect on our experiences. From those conversations we developed a top 10 list to share with you.
The past couple of days have been filled with visits to feed mills and fish farms in the more rural areas of Vietnam. Vietnam is the largest soybean meal buyer in the world, with about 10 million metric tons of soybean meal going to commercial feed production. About 20% of this goes to producing feed for aquaculture in South Vietnam.