Indirect exports important to soybean growers

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International marketing of soybeans is very important, but of equal importance is the indirect export of soybeans through the export of meat and livestock. Nebraska corn and soybean grower Mark Jagels is also vice chairman of the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). He’s quick to point out that livestock is the number one customer of… Read more »

Export promotions benefit livestock and feed producers

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A significant amount of U.S. soybeans and corn are indirectly marketed internationally through high protein rations fed to livestock and poultry. The meat is exported to other countries. “It’s a way for us to add value to a product that we grow, whether that would be on the corn and soybean side or adding value… Read more »

Nebraska corn grower wants flex fuel drivers educated

Demand for ethanol will grow a bunch once more vehicles are approved to burn 15 percent ethanol versus the current widely used 10 percent blend. But Mark Jagels, one of the directors of the Nebraska Corn Growers Association, believes a lot of ethanol demand is being left on the table because of the number of… Read more »

State commodity leader seeks time to enjoy Classic

Geoff Ruth has leadership in his blood. The Nebraska Soybean Association president is the son of Bart Ruth, a former president of the American Soybean Association. The younger Ruth had just emerged from a Commodity Classic caucus meeting and would soon be due at another. He was concerned that the large trade show and various… Read more »

Raising soybeans sustainably

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Roseville, Illinois farmer Ron Moore feels compelled to let others know that growers raise their crops sustainably. Moore says that he and his fellow farmers raise soybeans while using fewer natural resources and increasing productivity. He says it also creates the opportunity to have a better farming operation and better life for succeeding generations. “We’re using… Read more »

How much to make a profit?

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Even though commodity prices are at record highs, they’re chased relentlessly by what it costs to raise them. In one year, the breakeven price for corn went from $4.40 a bushel to $5.20 a bushel, according to Darren Frye, a market consultant with Water Street Solutions. “We have a shrinking margin this year,” Frye told… Read more »

Wisconsin Corn Growers keep eye on Farm Bill

Wisconsin Corn Growers are focused on communicating their priorities for the 2012 Farm Bill to include a strong revenue-based safety net in place of direct payments. Cal Dalton, a grower in Pardeeville, Wisconsin and Vice President of the Wisconsin Corn Promotion Board says his group has met with Wisconsin Representatives in D.C. and newly elected… Read more »

Producing more with less

Patrick Reed, Customer Solutions Manager, North America for Novozymes was busy at 2012 Commodity Classic showing farmers how to produce more with less. Reed tells Brownfield Novozyme products are very friendly, convenient, provide great return on investment and maximize yields per acre. Corn and soybean growers learned about new products from Novozymes as well as some… Read more »

Diversification and choice has value for farmers

Burrus Seed Company exhibited at 2012 Commodity Classic.  Farmers visiting the exhibit had plenty on their mind, according to Todd Burrus. From seed supply to weather, the corn/bean ration in 2012 to what’s left in flex acres, farmers have much to think about.  Todd Burrus told Brownfield that Burrus Seed Company is the right choice… Read more »

International marketing important work for soybean checkoff

Jim Call, a farmer from Western Minnesota and Secretary for United Soybean Board (USB) was busy at the 2012 Commodity Classic educating those attending about the work of the USB and success of the soybean checkoff. As International Marketing Chairman for United Soybean Board, Call gets exciting talking about the work of the 9 offices… Read more »