Bayer Opens Arkansas Soybean Breeding Station

Jamie Johansen

Southern soybean growers will reap the benefits of an expanded breeding program from Bayer, which includes a $6-million Soybean Breeding and Trait Development Station surrounded by 180 acres of research and showcase plots in Marion, Arkansas. The innovative facility builds on a proven history of profitable, high-yielding soybean varieties that Bayer brings to market through its flagship Credenz soybean brand. …

Agribusiness, Audio, Bayer, Crop Science, Research, Soybean, Video

SMART Farmer Roberta Simpson-Dolbeare

Cindy Zimmerman

Our latest SMART Farmer podcast episode – and the first of three from Commodity Classic – features Illinois farmer and U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) board member, Roberta Simpson-Dolbeare. In the craziness that is Classic, Roberta and I found a quiet corner to sit down and talk about what being a SMART farmer means to her. Roberta says she …

Audio, Commodity Classic, Podcasting, SMART Farmer, Soybean, USFRA

Soybean Growers: Crop Protection Pays Off

Lizzy Schultz

While weed and pest management remains a priority for growers across the country, the latest and most comprehensive crop protection technologies are not cheap to purchase or implement, and many growers have begun to question whether or not it’s going to be possible to see returns on the costs associated with seed treatments, especially with prices remaining so low. Shawn …

Ag Group, Agronomy, Audio, Bayer, Crop Protection, Research, Soybean

LibertyLink Real Yield Sweepstakes Winners at #Classic17

Kelly Marshall

Last year was the second year for the LibertyLink Real Yield Sweepstakes, which gave away 200 acres of LiberyLink soybeans or cotton to two growers each month. The grand prize winner for the year was Gary Tretter from Illinois, who received the 500 acre grand prize and a trip to Commodity Classic in San Antonio last week, along with the other …

Audio, Bayer, Commodity Classic, Soybean, weeds

The #USsoy Competitive Advantage

Jamie Johansen

Iowa no-till corn and soybean farmer, Rolland Schnell, was one of the many farmers from states throughout the Midwest who trekked south to Panama for the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) and Soy Aquaculture Alliance (SAA) Aquaculture Educational Opportunity. During the event we spent a day at the Panama Canal getting a full glimpse of the important role infrastructure plays …

Ag Group, Aquaculture, Audio, Exports, Soybean, USSEC

U.S. Soy Meets Demand of Growing Aquaculture Industry

Jamie Johansen

As the fastest growing animal protein, aquaculture is the center of conversations beyond the circle of animal agriculture. And the most common circle these days discussing aquaculture is soybean. The U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) and Soy Aquaculture Alliance (SAA) joined forces to host the 2017 Aquaculture Educational Opportunity in Panama City, Panama. U.S. soybean growers, researchers and aquaculture experts …

Ag Group, Animal Agriculture, Aquaculture, Audio, Exports, Nutrition, Soybean, USSEC

New Biodiesel Board Chairman from ADM

Cindy Zimmerman

Kent Engelbrecht of ADM was elected chairman of the National Biodiesel Board in November, marking the first time that company has moved into the leadership position for the organization. “We’ve been involved in biodiesel since 2006,” said Engelbrecht. “We’ve got four plants in North America producing a lot of biodiesel, and that uses a lot of soybean oil, and that …

Audio, Biodiesel, Biofuels, National Biodiesel Conference, Soybean

2016 Crop Production Summary Is In

Kelly Marshall

It’s been touted for months, but the USDA’s final Crop Production 2016 Summary finally confirms it, last year was a record-high yield for corn and soybeans. In 2016 corn growers produced 15.1 billion bushels- 11 percent higher than 2015. Average yield is estimated to be 174.6 bushels per acre, up 6.2 bushels over the last crop. The National Agricultural Statistics …

Corn, Soybean, USDA

DuPont Pioneer Virtual Pressers Unveil New Products

Cindy Zimmerman

With the theme of “Innovation Elevates Performance for Growers,” DuPont Pioneer used virtual press conferences this week to unveil new corn and soybean products by region, and pulled it off with technical perfection! Technical issues are common even in simple telephone press conferences, so it was amazing to see one incorporate a phone feed with a live web feed including …

Audio, Corn, Dupont, Pioneer, Soybean