Champion Corn Grower at @BASFAgProducts Event

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He’s only been farming for less than ten years, but already Randy Dowdy of Valdosta, Georgia has made quite a name for himself by making history last year with a yield of nearly 504 bushels per acre in the National Corn Yield Contest. During a BASF media event in Tennessee this week, Dowdy talked about his philosophy when it comes …

Audio, BASF, Corn, Farming, Soybean, Video

Iowa Soybeans That Look Great

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Over the last month Cindy and I have spoken by phone with many soybean and corn growers around the country. But getting out in the field really helps give you the best perspective on what conditions are like. Our travels often don’t allow time to just drive around and see what fields look like. But when they do I like …

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NORA Spurring Bioheat, Biodiesel Production

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John Huber is the President of the National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA), the checkoff program for the oilheat industry. NORA has been helping spur the growth of Bioheat and ultimately biodiesel production. This week Huber was in Mankato, Minnesota participating in the Biodiesel & Bioheat Forum. His organization does research and development to create new equipment and new products for …

Agribusiness, Audio, Biodiesel, Soybean

Biodiesel 2015 and Beyond

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The Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council is conducting a first ever event today in Mankato, MN. The event, “Biodiesel 2015 & Beyond: A Biodiesel/Bioheat Forum,” brings together biodiesel industry market developers, researchers and a number of representatives of east coast oil heat and fuel companies. The open forum is providing an educational look at what’s going on in the …

Ag Group, Audio, Biodiesel, Biofuels, Soybean

Planted Acreage Update From USDA

Cindy Zimmerman

USDA is forecasting the third largest corn crop and the second largest soybean crop on record in a new planted acreage update released today. U.S. growers are forecast to produce 13.7 billion bushels of corn this year, according to the report from USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). That is actually a four percent decrease from last year’s production, but …

Audio, Corn, Cotton, MGEX, Soybean, USDA, Wheat

Join the Biodiesel & Bioheat Forum

Chuck Zimmerman

Next week I’ll be attending the Biodiesel and Bioheat Forum, sponsored by the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council. Want to join me? Get registered now. Home heating oil and biodiesel leaders will discuss a biodiesel blend with significant environmental and economic benefits and the role Minnesota soybean farmers can play in meeting the demand of this market. “The Midwest …

Ag Group, Biodiesel, Biofuels, Energy, Soybean

Visit to @BASFAgProducts Midwest Research Farm

Cindy Zimmerman

Out in the Illinois countryside just a little southwest of Champaign is the BASF Midwest Research Farm (MWRF), which the company has developed into a showcase for the latest in crop development trials and stewardship practices. “Several years ago we were farming about 45 acres worth of plots at this site and not really doing a whole lot of customer …

Agribusiness, Audio, BASF, Corn, Crop Protection, Research, Soybean

Record Beans, Lower Corn in New Acreage Report

Cindy Zimmerman

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) estimates 85.1 million acres of soybeans planted in the United States this year, up two percent from last year and setting a new record high. In contrast, growers planted an estimated 88.9 million acres to corn, the lowest corn acreage since 2010. Record high soybean planted acreage is estimated in …

Audio, Corn, Cotton, MGEX, Soybean, USDA, Wheat

West Central Adding Value to Soybeans

Joanna Schroeder

West Central’s announcement that they are kicking off a $27 million expansion is adding value said Grant Kimberley, executive director of Iowa Biodiesel Board during West Central’s event to announce the new project. Kimberley noted that Iowa is the leading producing of soybeans – more than 500 million bushels per year. “It’s all about value-added agriculture and being able to …

Agribusiness, Award, Dairy, Nutrition, Soybean, West Central