USDA Lowers Corn and Soybean Forecasts

Cindy Zimmerman

The August derecho that charged across the Midwest has taken its toll on the latest crop estimates in USDA’s September World Agricultural Supply and Demand report. Despite the decline, the numbers would still be records or near records for both crops this year. The 2020 corn crop would still be nine percent higher than last year and the second highest …

Corn, Soybean, USDA

American Soybean Association Marks 100 Years

Cindy Zimmerman

The American Soybean Association (ASA) returned to its roots this week to celebrate a century of representing U.S. soybean growers. ASA celebrated its 100th anniversary on the Indiana farm where it all started with a small but significant historical marker dedication and tours of heirloom soybean plots. ASA was formed when brothers Taylor, Noah and Finis Fouts hosted the first …

Ag Groups, ASA, Soybean

Planted Acreage up for Corn and Soybeans

Cindy Zimmerman

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is estimating 92.0 million acres of corn planted in the United States for 2020, up three percent from last year, according to the Acreage report released Tuesday. Soybean area planted is estimated at 83.8 million acres, up 10% from last year. The report also shows wheat and cotton acres are down this year. All …

Corn, Cotton, Soybean, USDA, Wheat

Benson Hill Contracts 30,000 Premium Soybean Acres

Cindy Zimmerman

St. Louis-based crop improvement company Benson Hill has contracted 30,000 acres to advance its non-GMO soybean varieties through partnerships in the consumer food, animal feed and aquaculture markets. “The consumer food, animal feed and aquaculture markets are demanding innovation that improves the health and sustainability profile of their ingredients,” said Chris Wilkins, Chief Operating Officer of Benson Hill. “Our portfolio …

Feed, Food, Seed, Soybean, Technology

AMVAC and Syngenta Team Up for Soybean Growers

Cindy Zimmerman

Syngenta Crop Protection and AMVAC, an American Vanguard® company have teamed up to promote the agronomic value of tank mixing Prefix® herbicide from Syngenta with FirstRate® herbicide from AMVAC for long-lasting and full-season weed control in soybeans. The combination of Prefix and FirstRate herbicides provides unmatched flexibility and performance across all soybean trait platforms, including LibertyLink® GT27™, Enlist® and Roundup …

AMVAC, Crop Protection, Soybean, Syngenta

U.S. Soy is Open for Business

Cindy Zimmerman

The U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) held a webinar for the media Wednesday to provide an update on the industry and its continued resilience through this time. Participating in the webinar were, USSEC CEO Jim Sutter, USSEC Chairman Monte Peterson, and Regional Directors Brent Babb and Rosalind Leeck. They discussed the industry’s response to COVID-19 in various export markets, how …

Audio, Exports, Soybean

USDA Forecasts Increased Corn and Bean Acres

Cindy Zimmerman

USDA’s 2020 Prospective Plantings report released Tuesday forecasts eight percent more corn acres this year compared to 2019 and ten percent more soybean acres. Corn planted area for all purposes in 2020 is estimated at 97.0 million acres, up 8 percent or 7.29 million acres from last year. Compared with last year, planted acreage is expected to be up or …

Audio, Corn, Planting, Soybean, USDA

Syngenta News from Commodity Classic

Cindy Zimmerman

Syngenta had a couple of big announcements at the 2020 Commodity Classic, including a collaboration with Truterra (formerly Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN) to offer a “step-change in stewardship and conservation best practices for U.S. growers while helping them focus on maximizing acre-by-acre productivity and profitability.” This technology-based alliance will make use of data analytics from both the Truterra™ Insights Engine and …

Audio, Commodity Classic, Corn, Soybean, Sustainability, Syngenta

USB Puts Protein First

Carrie Muehling

A panel at the 2020 Commodity Classic in San Antonio discussed the role played by all types of protein when it comes to global nutrition efforts. “We know that worldwide we are going to have an extreme need for protein by the year 2050,” said Polly Ruhland, United Soybean Board (USB) CEO. “We know that protein is one of the …

Audio, Commodity Classic, Soybean, USB

Bayer Launches Soybean Products, Programs for 2020

Carrie Muehling

Bayer continues to roll out new products and efforts to help farmers fight weed resistance during the coming growing season. The company plans to launch XtendFlex soybeans in spring of 2020, pending regulatory approval. “It’s really important when you think about all the challenges growers have on their farms from the resistance to the tough to manage weeds where growers …

Audio, Bayer, Soybean