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  • U.S. Soybean Oil Market in Mexico Grows

    A recent soy-checkoff-funded promotional campaign showed Mexican shoppers the benefits of cooking with U.S. soybean oil, leading to a 15 percent jump in sales. Mexico is a major international destination for U.S. soy. In the most recent marketing year, Mexican customers imported more whole U.S. soybeans and soybean oil than any other country except for China. To increase that demand even more, ...


    By United Soybean Board (USB)

  • American Soybean Association

    FarmLink’s partnership with the American Soybean Association – “Operation Benchmark” – was featured in the Southeast Missourian’s business notebook on July 28, 2014. The story highlights the program’s national reach and initial promotions in the top seven soybean-growing states: Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Indiana, Nebraska and South ...


  • Comparing soybean production methods

    In the Mid-South, twin-row soybean production is becoming a popular growing technique for soybean producers. An estimated 80% of the total hectares grown in the Mississippi Delta are planted in this configuration. While growers report this method increases seed yields, especially when used with specific cultivars planted in April or early May, there is no research data to support their claims. ...

  • Less is more in Soybean row widths

    Soybean production has continued to increase in the Northeast United States with more and more first time growers planting the crop and many experienced growers planting alongside corn crops. To save on time and expenses, some farmers plant soybeans with a corn planter in 30-inch rows instead of 7.5-inch rows with the regularly used grain drill. Dr. William Cox, a Cornell University scientist, ...

  • High Oleic Soybeans Introduced for 2016 Planting in Iowa

    Iowa farmers will have an additional profit opportunity in 2016 when high oleic soybeans become available for planting in the state for the first time. “This is different for Iowans, since we’re usually first to get a new soybean trait,” says Delbert Christensen, a soybean farmer from Audubon, Iowa and farmer-leader with the United Soybean Board. “These varieties have been ...


    By United Soybean Board (USB)

  • Global Soybean Stakeholders Monetize Biotech-Approval Delays

    A new white paper shows that a three-year postponement in global approval of biotech-enhanced soybean traits any time in the next 10 years would cost farmers and consumers a total of nearly $19 billion, compared with typical approval timelines. This new research was released during a recent International Soybean Growers Alliance (ISGA) mission. Farmer-leaders from the United States, Argentina, ...


    By United Soybean Board (USB)

  • Potentially harmful effects of nanomaterials on soybean crops

    A new study has examined contamination of fully grown soybean plants by two nanomaterials – nano-cerium oxide and nano-zinc oxide. The results could be concerning, as they indicate that the nanomaterials are absorbed by plants, possibly affecting growth, yield, and the fixation of nitrogen in soil, an important ecosytem service. With the rapid expansion of nanotechnology, there is ...

  • Soil gives away soybean pathogen’s presence

    New research reveals that soil pH is a useful guide for farmers and agronomists to detect and manage soybean cyst nematode, a devastating soybean pathogen. The investigation uncovered a relationship between high soil pH, which is already outside the ideal growing conditions for soybean, and high populations of cyst nematodes. Scientists from Iowa State University and University of ...

  • 17 Farmer-Leaders Appointed to United Soybean Board

    After being appointed by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, 17 farmer-leaders from across the country will be sworn in as directors of the United Soybean Board (USB) at its upcoming annual meeting. The 17 soybean farmers will include five new appointees and 12 returning directors. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Agriculture also recently announced that USB will increase its number of ...


    By United Soybean Board (USB)

  • Syngenta launches breakthrough solution for soybean rust

    ELATUS™ fungicide receives regulatory approval in Brazil Delivers outstanding control of soybean rust disease Higher and more predictable yields for Latin American growers Syngenta today announced that ELATUS, a breakthrough foliar fungicide, has been approved by the Brazilian authorities. ELATUS is a combination of Syngenta's new SDHI chemistry ...


    By Syngenta

  • Iron deficiency in soil threatens soybean production

    An expansion of soybean production into areas where soybean has seldom, if ever, been grown can be problematic for some farmers. Soils having high pH values and large amounts of calcium and/or magnesium carbonate are notoriously iron deficient. Iron deficient soils in the North Central United States are estimated to reduce soy bean production by 12.5 million bushels every year. John Wiersma, a ...

  • Enlist E3 Soybeans Successfully Complete FDA Consultation

    Dow AgroSciences LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW), and MS Technologies announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has completed its consultation for Enlist E3™ soybeans. The agency has no further questions based on submitted data that concluded Enlist E3 soybeans are not different in composition, safety, and other relevant ...


    By Dow AgroSciences LLC

  • New Calculator Can Help Soybean Farmers with Seed Decisions

    Facing lower soybean cash prices this year, farmers are looking for opportunities to add to their bottom lines. Growing identity-preserved (IP) soybeans is one option for additional profit opportunities, but the costs can seem overwhelming to farmers thinking about getting started. U.S.-soy-industry-led board QUALISOY developed a calculator that can help farmers determine how much profit they can ...


    By United Soybean Board (USB)

  • Solution to long-term profitability could be found in high oleic soybean varieties

    It isn’t every day that farmers in one state get excited about soybeans grown in another. But nationwide excitement continues to build around new high oleic soybean varieties, and farmers are already talking about how they could help to secure and expand U.S. soybean oil demand. These varieties also have the potential to increase long-term on-farm profitability for all U.S. soybean farmers. ...


    By United Soybean Board (USB)

  • Big Fish in the Pond – From U.S. Soybean Fields to Global Aquaculture

    You’ve heard the predictions – the world’s population is supposed to climb to a staggering 9 billion people by the year 2050, increasing the pressure on the 2 percent of Americans who farm today to produce food, feed, fiber and fuel. You’ve also heard about many of the efforts your soy checkoff makes to support U.S. soybean farmers in meeting this demand. But did you know ...


    By United Soybean Board (USB)

  • Soybean farmers prepared for phase out of partially hydrogenated oils

    Trans fats have been an active part of the soy industry’s vernacular for decades. And, for the past decade, the industry – including the farmers who grow soybeans – have been working on solutions to meet food-customer needs for a stable oil without partial hydrogenation, which causes trans fats. The FDA’s recent announcement to phase out partially hydrogenated vegetable ...


    By United Soybean Board (USB)

  • Loss of wild pollinators could substantially reduce soybean yields

    Pollination by wild insects and honey bees improves soybean yield by 18%, new research has indicated. This equates to an extra 331.6 kg of seeds per hectare, boosting the value of the global crop by €12.74 billion. Encouraging insect pollination could therefore reduce the destruction of natural ecosystems to make way for soybean cultivation, the researchers say. The soybean is one of the ...

  • Bred to Perform, High Oleic Soybeans Provide Proven Genetics

    High oleic soybeans have been in the product pipeline for more than a decade. With millions of dollars invested, seed companies took their time to ensure these varieties perform as expected – for farmers and for food industry customers. But, performance isn’t the only benefit farmers see. They also find that high oleic varieties are bred with the proven genetics that they need on ...


    By United Soybean Board (USB)

  • High oleic soybeans offer innovative solutions for end customers

    Today’s agriculture industry is innovative in many ways, from precision farming to auto-steering to varied seeding and fertilizer rates. Why should soybean varieties be any different? They’re not. Take high oleic soybeans, for example. High oleic soybean varieties were developed to deliver a better soybean to the food industry. The oil produced from these soybeans adds functionality ...


    By United Soybean Board (USB)

  • Harper Government Creates Export Opportunities for Canadian Soybean Industry

    The Canadian soybean industry will tap new export markets with the support of the Harper Government. Member of Parliament Bev Shipley (Lambton-Kent-Middlesex), on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, announced an investment for the Grain Farmers of Ontario to create export opportunities. “There is growing demand for new varieties of high-quality, safe, food-grade soybeans,” ...

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