When it comes to yields, the health of your soil cannot be understated. Soil stores and cycles the water and nutrients that your crops need to grow. When the health of your soil declines, your whole operation suffers.
The map below shows current disease and pest threats to the state’s soybean crop. Check back daily for current crop conditions.
We want to make sure you have the tools you need to grow the best soybeans possible. The iGrow Soybeans Best Management Practices (BMP) Manual is a culmination of a 5-year research project with South Dakota State University (SDSU), focusing on best practices for growing soybeans in South Dakota.
Production Resources for Soybean Production
As soybean production continues to increase, soybean management strategies have become more important than ever. Bushel after bushel, the South Dakota soybean checkoff is committed to helping you increase your soybean yields by providing you with comprehensive best management practices on soybean production topics.
Whether you raise soybeans or sell cars, the key to success is the same: find and expand markets for your products.
South Dakota soybean farmers, with support from their checkoff organization, the South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council (SDSRPC), are excited to introduce Soybean Science. Soybean Science offers FREE educational resources to aid in teaching scientific concepts.
Supporting Our Biggest Customer
Animal agriculture not only plays an important role in growing South Dakota’s economy and rural communities, but pork, poultry, beef & dairy are also hungry for your soybean meal. Animal agriculture represents the number one customer of soybeans, both at home and abroad. Continued growth and success of the livestock industry are critical to the success of the soybean industry.
Where to Find Biodiesel
South Dakota Soybean is committed to increasing the availability of biodiesel in our state. The South Dakota soybean checkoff has invested in a number of programs to help make biodiesel use a reality for people across South Dakota.
The South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council annually invests checkoff dollars into soybean research to increase profitability and to provide farmers with the tools needed for risk management.
Moving the Soybean Beyond Food and Fuel
You can eat soybeans, and you can even use them to run engines — but did you know you can also use them to shampoo your hair?
Transporting Soybeans from the Field to Producers’ Bank Accounts
After harvest, 60 percent of the state’s soybean crop is shipped by truck or rail to export terminals primarily in the Pacific Northwest or by barge to terminals along the Gulf Coast. With an interstate highway system and direct rail lines to the West Coast, South Dakota farmers can get their soybeans to overseas terminals quickly and efficiently. In fact, research from the United Soybean Board has proven that it is both cheaper and faster to ship soybeans from the U.S. to China than it is from Brazil to China.