Soybean Farming News

  • ASA Now Seeking Nominations for Annual Soy Recognition Awards

    The American Soybean Association (ASA) wants to recognize exceptional soy volunteers and leaders—and we need your help. During ASA’s annual awards banquet, individuals will be recognized and honored for state association volunteerism, distinguished leadership achievements and long-term, significant contributions to the soybean industry. The nomination period is open through Oct. 15, ...

  • Soy Growers in Middle of Tariff Feud with China Stand to Suffer Most

    America’s soy growers are lined up even more precisely in the crosshairs of President Trump’s contentious tariff confrontation with China. President Trump announced Monday that $200 billion in additional Chinese goods will be hit with a 10 percent tariff, deepening the likely free fall in prices that producers of soy and soy products are feeling directly in their wallets and which ...

  • Creating Better Soybeans

    In rows of petri dishes, soybean roots bathe in fluorescent light, an unremarkable site unless you work in the laboratory where they grow. The simplicity of the setup belies the complexity of the research that went into creating the roots. For decades, the genes of the seeds that produced these roots have been tinkered with to create a plant that resists a common and highly destructive soybean ...


    By Ohio State University

  • Upcoming webinar will focus on legal issues with pesticides

    Pesticide use and subsequent damage to neighboring crops is an ongoing problem for producers across the country this year. For example, farmers in Arkansas, Missouri and Illinois have sued biotech companies specifically over dicamba damage. (The dicamba herbicide is used to control weeds in genetically modified cotton and soybeans). The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently  ...

  • Rust on Corn More Prevalent This Summer

    Resembling rust on a pickup, a fungal disease that can afflict corn has been confirmed in a higher than usual number of cornfields in southern Ohio. Southern rust (pictured above) and common rust have attacked a higher than usual number of southern Ohio fields this year. Every year, some Ohio farmers find southern or common rust on their corn plants, but this year both diseases have been more ...


    By Ohio State University

  • NCC Survey Suggests U.S. Producers to Plant 11.0 Million Acres of Cotton in 2017

    U.S. cotton producers intend to plant 11.0 million cotton acres this spring, up 9.4 percent from 2016, according to the National Cotton Council’s 36th Annual Early Season Planting Intentions Survey. (see table attached) Upland cotton intentions are 10.8 million acres, up 8.8 percent from 2016, while extra-long staple (ELS) intentions of 266,000 acres represent a 36.9 percent increase. The ...

  • ASA to Review Bayer/Monsanto Acquisition for Impacts on Soybean Farmers

    The American Soybean Association (ASA) responded to an announcement today from Bayer and Monsanto that the two companies have signed an acquisition agreement under which Bayer will purchase Monsanto. In a statement, ASA President Richard Wilkins, a soybean farmer from Greenwood, Del., noted that the association will first and foremost evaluate the acquisition with respect to its impact on soybean ...

  • Korean Soy Industry Hears about U.S. Soy Sustainability at USSEC Seminar

    USSEC hosted a sustainability seminar, “New Call on the Food Supply and Demand Chain,” in Seoul, South Korea on June 8, targeting the crushing, soy food and feed industries. The objective of the seminar was to highlight what sustainability is, why sustainability matters and will matter to the food security and food safety of Korea, and how sustainability is being pursued within the ...

  • USSEC Conducts Soy Conclave to Connect with Bangladesh Soy Stakeholders

    USSEC conducted a trade meeting in Dhaka, Bangladesh attended by 40 key soy stakeholders, comprised of poultry and aquaculture feedmillers, soy traders and soy crushers. The conclave’s objective was to bring the country’s soy representation together to have a dialogue with USSEC to assess opportunities and constraints for U.S Soy in Bangladesh. Bangladesh is emerging as a prominent ...

  • USSEC Speaks Science & Sustainability to Support Soy Food Consumption in Taiwan

    USSEC is raising the voice of science and sustainability in U.S. soybean trade to Taiwan while offering consumers the choice of both genetically modified organism (GMO) and non-GMO U.S. soybeans. In 2014/2015, the United States ranked #1 with $669 million in total soybean sales to the island nation that depends on imports. Yet, consumer and political challenges to biotechnology confront U.S. ...

  • USSEC Helps Transition Egypt’s Poultry Producers to Use Soybean Meal as Main Protein in Feed Formulations

    With the support of FAS’s Cairo office, USSEC has worked with poultry producers in the Middle East region for several years, focusing on the economic benefits of using high quality U.S. soybean products. Soybean meal is becoming the major source of high-quality protein used in poultry feed, replacing protein sources from animal origins. Using U.S. soybean meal, ...

  • Maintaining U.S. Soy Market Share in Morocco

    USSEC, in close partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), organized several events within the Maghreb region of North Africa to reemphasize the image of the U.S. as a major supplier of high-quality soybeans and soybean products. U.S. soybean products have traditionally enjoyed a dominant market share with a 100 percent share for soybean ...

  • USSEC’s Efforts Lead to Increased U.S. Soy Bypass Protein Exports in Saudi Arabia and Middle East

    USSEC held dairy nutrition seminars in cooperation with West Central (Wilmar, MN), Ag Processing, Inc, AGP (Omaha, NE), and Fornazor International (Hillsdale, NJ), covering the ins and outs of container logistics for bypass soybean meal AminoPlus®, a value-added product, from the U.S. to the Middle East. Many dairy farms in the Middle East have started to import ...

  • Late-Planted Corn Can Still Reap Strong Yields

    Growers worried about delayed planting for corn, take heart – late-planted corn sometimes has reaped better yields than early planted corn, says an agronomist in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. It’s true that the optimal time to get corn planted in southern Ohio is between April 10 and May 10 and in northern Ohio between ...


    By Ohio State University

  • Weather Fluctuations Impact Soybeans Less Than Other Field Crops

    From freezing temperatures and snow flurries to sunny, 80-degree days in a span of a week — if this type of strange weather continues, growers across Ohio want to know, will this have a negative impact on soybean crops? Not really, according to a field crops expert in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.   Laura Lindsey, a soybean ...


    By Ohio State University

  • U.S. Air Force Testing BioBased Vehicle Oil Created From Canola Seed, Soybean, And Synthetic Petroleum

    On March 22, 2016, a team visited Malmstrom Air Force Base to test a new biobased synthetic oil in the base's vehicles. The testing is sponsored by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) and the Office of the Secretary of Defense, with four bases chosen to ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Penton’s Farm Futures survey shows more corn, less soybeans in 2016

    Profit margins full of red ink could force growers to cut back crop acreage by almost 2% in 2016, according to the latest survey by Farm Futures, Penton Agriculture‘s market-leading ag business resource. Only corn and cotton could see gains among five major row crops and even those ...


    By Informa

  • ASA Legislative and Regulatory Outlook for 2016

    For a number of reasons, prospects for legislative and regulatory action in 2016 are relatively more predictable than in years past.  First, it’s a Presidential election year, meaning Congress will adjourn in mid-July in advance of the nominating conventions, and then won’t consider any major legislation before the November elections. Any FY-2017 appropriations bills that ...

  • Ohio State Economist Offers 2016 Grain Market Outlook

    Grain prices aren’t likely to rise next year thanks to stagnant demand growth and ample grain supplies, says an agricultural economist with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. With the slowing Chinese economy contributing to stagnant demand growth and the ample supply thanks to large harvests in major production nations the past two ...


    By Ohio State University

  • Ohio’s 2015 Soybean Crop Performance Trials Reveal Higher than Expected Yields

    Despite the heavy rains that hit the region early during the growing season this year, soybeans in the majority of test plots planted by researchers with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University still managed to beat expectations. In fact, in four of the six test sites for the 2015 Ohio Soybean Performance Test, soybeans averaged over 70 bushels ...


    By Ohio State University

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