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  • Trade dispute results in innovative marketing

    The trade dispute with China has resulted in some innovative soybean export marketing. Tom Steever spoke to Jim Sutter, US Soybean Export Council CEO, who says the upside is the development of markets in other parts of the world. Sutter quoted US Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s characterization of being “cautiously optimistic” about ongoing talks aimed at re-normalizing trade with China. To find out more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Extended winter causing transportation concerns

    The wet fall followed by a winter of heavy snow is causing concern about inland waterway shipping. Tom Steever spoke to Mike Steenhoek, Executive Director of the Soy Transportation Coalition, who says anticipated high water in the spring also threatens wash-outs on the farm to market roads and railroads that farmers depend on. To find out more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Biodiesel has also resulted in $4.8 billion savings for livestock feed

    Biodiesel has added to soybean growers’ bottom lines since its development from checkoff dollars and University of Missouri research. Tom Steever spoke to Casey Wasser, Policy Director, Missouri Soybean Association, who says biodiesel has also resulted in $4.8 billion savings for livestock feed over the past five years. Find out more in this week’s Spotlight on Soybeans. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff. Learn more at mosoy.org.

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  • Seeking applications for Leopold Award

    Missouri Farmers Care is looking for farmers to apply for the 2019 Leopold Conservation Award. Tom Steever spoke with Ashley McCarty, Executive Director, Missouri Farmers Care, who says the award highlights best practices of farmers, ranchers and foresters. To find out more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Scherder Farms wins Missouri Leopold Award

    Scherder Farms was presented the Missouri Leopold Conservation Award, sponsored in part by Missouri Soybean. Tom Steever spoke to John Scherder who says he uses many conservation practices in his cattle and row crop operation. He considers cover crops to be among the most important practices. To find out more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri's soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • MSMC Board members work to maintain unified voice

    Supported by the state’s soybean growers, four Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council board members were re-elected to lead the organization. Tom Steever spoke to Robert Alpers, Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council Chairman, who says the board that oversees soybean checkoff investments in Missouri works to reach a unified voice. To find out more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri's soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • District meetings bring the MSMC to members

    The Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council begins a series of district meetings this coming week. Tom Steever spoke to Christine Tew, Communications Director, Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council, who says the meetings, held in different areas of the state, allow the council to get checkoff investment results back to those who pay for it. To find out more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri's soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Brian Martin gets SHP Data Dominator Award

    Brian Martin, a Central Missouri soybean grower, was presented the Data Dominator Award by the Soil Health Partnership. The award is for Martin’s work quantifying the benefits of conservation and sustainability practices, such as cover crops, on his farm. To find out more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri's soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Soybean themed activity books distributed throughout the state

    The Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council is distributing soybean themed activity books for young students throughout the state. Tom Steever spoke to Christine Tew, Communications Director, Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council, who says with the assistance of FFA volunteers, mascot Simon Soybean conducts the tour through the book of puzzles, pictures and learning tools. To find out more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri's soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Missouri Soybean’s Tew is Ag Communicator of the Year

    The Missouri Department of Agriculture’s Ag Communicator of the Year is Missouri Soybean Communications Director Christine Tew. Christine says she’s not necessarily comfortable by the recognition, however she is excited and is especially proud of the organization’s printed periodical. To find out more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri's soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Yield contest winners take irrigation seriously

    Kaley and Brett Wilkerson’s 94-bushel soybeans are the best irrigated soybeans in Missouri this year. Kaley – whose first child was born in July – takes irrigation management so seriously that she fills the graveyard shift at checking pivots. She and husband Brett constantly keep track of fertility, micronutrients, disease and pests always with an eye on improving the next year’s crop. To learn more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri's soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Missouri’s best yielding 2018 soybeans are non-irrigated

    Missouri’s best soybean yield in this drought year was grown on non-irrigated land. St. Charles farmer Wes Willbrand’s Asgrow soybeans roughly doubled the 2018 state average at almost 96 bushels to the acre. The state yield contest winner says a fertile, weed-free seed-bed is his preferred starting point. To learn more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri's soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Pat Hobbs, newest United Soybean Board Director

    Pat Hobbs, newest United Soybean Board Director, is a veteran of 12 years on the USB’s state counterpart, the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council, which has made him a believer in the checkoff system. Hobbs looks forward to beginning his work on the USB because of his enthusiasm for what he calls the magic bean. More on that in this week’s Spotlight on Soybeans. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff. Learn more at mosoy.org.

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  • Todd Gibson retires from United Soybean Board

    Todd Gibson, Retired United Soybean Board Director, says he’s grateful for the nine years that he’s spent as a director on the United Soybean Board. Gibson says his impression of checkoff investments was only strengthened by his time as one of the decision makers. To learn more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri's soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Workshops generate employer feedback

    A series of Farm Labor Management Workshops has generated feedback indicating that traditional farmers want employees with skills already in place. Joe Horner, workshop organizer, says large farms recruit workers with no experience. To learn more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri's soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • New vessel would cut container shipping time

    The Soy Transportation Coalition is exploring a new vessel designed specifically to ship containers on inland waterways. Tom Steever spoke to Mike Steenhoek, Executive Director of the Soy Transportation Coalition, who says the concept would move containers faster and more cost effectively. To find out more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri's soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • River dredging will benefit farmers

    A report commissioned by the Soy Transportation Coalition says dredging the Lower Mississippi River will benefit farmers. Tom Steever spoke to Mike Steenhoek, Executive Director of the Soy Transportation Coalition, who says it’s a cost-effective way to maintain a reliable link to domestic and international markets. To find out more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri's soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • USSEC seeks diversified soybean markets

    The trade dispute between the U.S. and China has resulted in a market downturn that has U.S. Soybean Export Council marketing director Paul Burke looking for additional places to invest development money. To learn more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri's soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Ag Education on the Move is reaching third graders

    Ag Education on the Move is reaching third graders in Missouri classrooms with an ag curriculum. Tom Steever spoke to Ag Education on the Move Director Luella Gregory, who says it’s being taught by 130 Missouri FFA members who she says are passionate, engaged and understand the value of agriculture. To learn more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri's soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Workshops focus on farm labor advice

    The University of Missouri Extension will hold Farm Labor Management Workshops this month and next at Kirksville, Marshall, Springfield and Sikeston. Ryan Milhollin, extension economist, says farmers and agribusiness managers who employ workers or are considering adding workers should attend. To learn more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri's soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • U.S. soybean growers seek additional markets

    A trade dispute with China has resulted in their withdrawal as the largest foreign customer of U.S. soybeans. In a podcast, Gary Wheeler, Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council CEO, says that market gap means greater effort in marketing to Japan, the E.U. and others. To learn more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri's soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Cover crops conserve soil for next generation

    Robert Alpers, Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council Research Chairman, participates in the Council’s soybean strip trails and has planted cereal rye cover crops on his Prairie Home farm to control erosion. Alpers says he keeps planting cover crops not so much to increase yield performance as to farm with his sights set on succeeding generations. More on that in this week’s Spotlight on Soybeans. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff. Learn more at mosoy.org.

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  • Relationships essential to keeping soybean customers

    A team of soybean customers from China visited a Missouri farm to see firsthand how U.S. soybeans are raised and to get to know the people who grow them. Todd Gibson, United Soybean Board Director, says even with the interruption of U.S. soybean sales to China, relationships are more important than ever. To learn more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri's soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Missouri DNR collects record amount of unused pesticides

    The Missouri Department of Natural Resources collected a record amount of unused and unwanted pesticides this season. Tom Steever spoke to the DNR’s CJ Plassmeyer, who says a half-dozen free collection events are held each year. To find out more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri's soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Farmers' voices heard at WSJ Global Food Forum

    Soybean growers were represented at the Wall Street Journal Global Food Forum in New York. Tom Steever spoke with Polly Ruhland, United Soybean Board CEO, who says the Forum is an event where the farmer’s voice is very welcome. To learn more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri's soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Survey: Missouri cash rents unchanged

    Ray Massey, University of Missouri agriculture economist, was surprised that a recent MU survey showed that cash rental rates on Missouri farm ground were flat. More on that in this week’s Spotlight on Soybeans. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff. Learn more at mosoy.org.

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  • Soybean price drop takes economic toll

    University of Missouri analysis shows that every ten-cent drop in soybean prices means a loss of more than $36 million in economic activity. Tom Steever spoke with Brooks Hurst, President, Missouri Soybean Association, who says the economic impact of this summer’s roughly 20 percent drop is tough on his home county and other Missouri counties. To find out more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri's soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Missouri soybean growers face drought, trade challenges.

    Missouri soybean growers face challenges ranging from trade disputes to drought and low prices. Tom Steever spoke to Casey Wasser, Policy Director, Missouri Soybean Association, who says USDA’s Market Facilitation Program payment of $1.65 a bushel partly mitigates China’s retaliatory tariffs on U.S. soybeans. Find out more in this week’s Spotlight on Soybeans. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff. Learn more at mosoy.org.

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  • Missouri Soybean farmer leaders visit Vietnam

    Missouri soybean farmer leaders were recently in Vietnam as part of a See For Yourself Tour. Tom Steever spoke with Gary Wheeler, Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council CEO, who says the mission accomplished two goals, including checking out the Vietnam market itself, of which the US maintains an 11% market share. To learn more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri's soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • In-house soybean breeding and licensing brings benefits to Missouri farmers

    Missouri soybean growers will have conventionally-bred high oleic soybean varieties available to plant next year.  Tom Steever spoke to Bryan Stobaugh, Licensing Director, Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council, who says keeping the breeding and technology licensing in-house brings advantages back to Missouri growers. More on that in this week’s Spotlight on Soybeans. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff. Learn more at mosoy.org.

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  • Research leading to fungicide resistance prevention

    Missouri soybean growers are working with Kaitlyn Bissonnette, University of Missouri Associate plant pathologist, to determine whether to apply fungicide to control disease. Bissonnette was talking about her research on fungicide resistance and on soybean strip trials at the Missouri State Fair. To find out more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri's soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • High oleic soybean oil has animal feed value

    Tom Steever spoke to Bryon Wiegand, University of Missouri Professor and Meat Scientist, who says high oleic soybean oil might offer further benefits through the meat from animals fed a diet of the specialty soybeans. Learn more about soybeans and the many ways they are used from the Missouri Soybean Association and Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council at mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri's soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Missouri dicamba drift injury investigations top 135

    Tom Steever spoke to Kevin Bradley, University of Missouri Associate Professor and Weed Specialist, who says at least 135 dicamba injury investigations are happening in Missouri. To find out more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri's soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Ground broken for Center for Soy Innovation

    Missouri soybean farmers broke ground for their new building in Jefferson City. Tom Steever spoke to John Kelley, Chairman, Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council, who says it will be a roughly 18-month project to develop the Center for Soy Innovation. To find out more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri's soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Show Me Soy School includes research updates

    The Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council has its Show Me Soy School at the Bay Farm Research Facility July 31 to answer one basic question: “What is going on with soybean research in Missouri?” Tom Steever spoke to Greg Luce, Missouri Soybean Research Director, who says the field day includes updates on University of Missouri Certified Strip Trials, high oleic soybean breeding and new soybean uses. To learn more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Annual ag sales growing

    Vernon County is the 50th Missouri county to be designated Agri-Ready. Tom Steever spoke with Ashley McCarty, Executive Director, Missouri Farmers Care, who says Vernon County generates more than $950 million in annual ag product sales. To find out more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Farmer uses conservation practices for next generation

    Tom Steever spoke with Ryan Britt, President, Missouri Association of Conservation District, who works his family farm with an eye on the future. Britt has been adding conservation practices such as no till, cover crops, terraces, waterways and rotational grazing of his cattle. Britt says he uses conservation farming methods for more than just himself. To find out more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri's soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • EPA increases biodiesel volumes

    The EPA proposed its new Renewable Volume Obligations. Tom Steever spoke to Kurt Kovarik, Vice-President, National Biodiesel Board Federal Affairs, who says the agency’s proposal represents an increase in biodiesel volumes. Find out more in this week’s Spotlight on Soybeans. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff. Learn more at mosoy.org.

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  • Missouri legislature passes bills important to farmers

    The Missouri Legislature passed the Missouri Clean Water Law agriculture exemption for stormwater runoff. Tom Steever spoke to Casey Wasser, Policy Director, Missouri Soybean Association, who says it’s important because even though farmers try to prevent runoff, huge rain events sometimes make that impossible. Find out more in this week’s Spotlight on Soybeans. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff. Learn more at mosoy.org.

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  • USDA National Agriculture Statistics Service reports tracking crop progress and condition

    Every Monday afternoon, attention is turned to the USDA National Agriculture Statistics Service reports tracking crop progress and condition. Tom Steever spoke to Bob Garino, State Statistician, National Agricultural Statistics Service, who says data is compiled from polling Farm Service Agency offices and county extension agents across Missouri. To find out more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Missouri farmers say they can use rain

    Soybean planting in the state has been completed faster than normal. Tom Steever spoke to a few Missouri farmers who give their feedback on the planting and growing season. To learn more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri's soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Growing season built on crop, weed management

    With most of Missouri’s soybean crop emerged, attention is turning from planting to management. The Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council says a bushel of soybeans can be produced today with 50 percent less energy, 50 percent fewer emissions, 40 percent less water and 35 percent less land than in 1980. To learn more, visit  mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri's soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Foundation for Soy Innovation launched

    The Missouri Soybean Association and Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council have launched the Foundation for Soy Innovation. Tom Steever spoke with Gary Wheeler, Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council CEO, who says priorities for the Foundation are research, business development, marketing, and to educate current and future generations working with soy. To learn more, visit  mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri's soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Governor releases $4 million biodiesel plant funds

    Missouri Governor Eric Greitens announced the release of $4 million in funds meant for Missouri biodiesel plants. The money was in arears after several years of the state’s general revenue fund running short, resulting in the state issuing I-O-Us to the plants.  Governor Greitens credits biodiesel plants with helping the state’s farm economy. To learn more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Soybean research plots include varieties yielding high oleic oil

    Soybean checkoff supported research plots are being planted at the Missouri Soybean Association Bay Farm Research Facility. Tom Steever spoke to Greg Luce, Missouri Soybean Research Director, who says work is being done on traits that will, among other things, produce healthier cooking oil. To learn more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • New coalition promotes biodiesel

    A new partnership aims to enhance awareness and use of biodiesel. Tom Steever spoke to Warren Stemme, Chairman, Biodiesel Coalition of Missouri, who says he will talk to distributors, retailers, fleet managers and others about biodiesel. To find out more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri's soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Soybean breeding program among checkoff benefits

    Tom Steever spoke with Kyle Durham, Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council Director, who says the work of the merchandising council benefits the state’s growers by investing in things like checkoff-funded soybean breeding. To find out more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri's soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Missouri Soybean Yield Contest has special awards for triple-digits.

    The Missouri Soybean Association’s yield contest has more cash awards this year with special honors for growers who get triple-digit yields. Tom Steever spoke to Greg Luce, Missouri Soybean Research Director, who says what stands out are the other reasons people enter. To learn more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Ag Education on the Move meshes with STEM curriculum

    Tom Steever spoke to Ag Education on the Move Director Luella Gregory, who says it’s gratifying for her to be involved in the initiative to educate Missouri third-graders about where their food comes from. Gregory says the program, founded by the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council, meshes well with STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and math. To learn more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri's soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • AgriReady partners with 50 Missouri counties

    The Missouri Farmers Care AgriReady Program is almost two-and-a-half years old. Tom Steever spoke with Ashley McCarty, Executive Director, Missouri Farmers Care, who says it now partners with fifty Missouri counties. McCarty says the checkoff supported initiative has as much impact on agriculture’s billion dollar economic reach in Lawrence County as it does on a county trying to grow its $120 million ag base. To find out more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Bay Farm Research Facility undergoes improvements

    The Missouri Soybean Association’s Bay Farm Research facility has undergone improvements in preparation for the planting season. Tom Steever spoke to Greg Luce, Missouri Soybean Research Director, who says some of the improvements contribute to the facility’s sustainability. To learn more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Farmers’ Table Wine Trail pairs Missouri wines, ag products

    On April 7, Missouri Common Ground, along with the Hermann Wine Trail, Missouri Wine and Grape Board and the checkoff boards of Missouri corn and soybean growers host the first Farmers’ Table Wine Trail. Tom Steever spoke to Kate Lambert, Laclede farmer and volunteer for the checkoff-supported Common Ground who says there will be food pairing that goes with Missouri agriculture products. Questions will also be answered about Missouri agriculture. To find out more, visit https://hermannwinetrail.com/ Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Ag statistics: 2017 a record soybean year in Missouri

    Tom Steever spoke to Bob Garino, State Statistician, National Agricultural Statistics Service, who says 2017 was a good soybean year; growers harvested 290 million bushels of soybeans, beating the previous record – the 2016 harvest – by 20 million bushels. Garino says NASS is currently collecting data for the five-year 2017 Census of Agriculture. To find out more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • People, ag equipment keep Hurst coming back to Classic

    Tom Steever spoke with Brooks Hurst, President, Missouri Soybean Association, who just returned from Commodity Classic in Anaheim. Hurst says seeing friends and the latest farm equipment keep him coming back. To find out more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri's soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Opportunity to dispose of unused pesticides and herbicides

    The Missouri Department of Natural Resources offers farmers the opportunity to dispose of unused pesticides and herbicides at no charge during collection events around the state. Tom Steever spoke to the DNR’s CJ Plassmeyer, who says a series of free collection events beginning March 10th, is in six different Missouri locations. To find out more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri's soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Trade depends on well-maintained infrastructure

    Missouri soybean growers’ access to international markets depends on well-maintained transportation infrastructure. Tom Steever spoke to Mike Steenhoek, Executive Director of the Soy Transportation Coalition, who says every link in the transportation system needs adequate investment to function well. To find out more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri's soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Soybean research lost to dicamba drift damage

    A year of Missouri soybean breeding research was lost as a result of dicamba drift damage at the Fisher Delta Research Center near Portageville. Tom Steever spoke to John Kelley, Chairman, Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council, who says ten checkoff-funded breeding blocks showed herbicide injury about two weeks after planting. To find out more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri's soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Checkoff-supported effort measures sustainable farming success

    Soybean and corn growers are working together on a checkoff-supported effort to determine how well sustainable farming methods are working. Tom Steever spoke with Darrick Steen, Environmental Programs Director, Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council, who says it should yield valuable information for growers. To find out more, visit  mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Lifecycle study reaffirms biodiesel environmental benefits

    A new biodiesel lifecycle study reaffirms the renewable fuel’s environmental benefits. Tom Steever spoke with Don Scott, National Biodiesel Board Sustainability Director, who says the study shows greater crop production to fill biodiesel demand, but he says those acres are not coming as a result of converting forested land. To learn more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri's soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • River ice is impeding movement of soybeans and putting pressure on local prices

    Tom Steever spoke with Mike Steenhoek, Executive Director of the Soy Transportation Coalition, who says barge tonnage along key waterways was recently reduced more than 60 percent. Steenhoek says an elevator that has both rail and barge loading was only accepting deliveries to be loaded on trains while barge traffic was interrupted. To find out more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri's soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Yield winner nears 100-bushel soybeans

    Tom Steever spoke to Brad Gillum, Northeast Missouri soybean grower, who grew 98-bushel soybeans for top honors in the Missouri Soybean Yield Contest non-irrigated category. Anticipating heavy insect pressure, Gillum applied insecticide multiple times on his Stine Libertylink beans. To find out more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Exports exceed 60% of U.S. soybean production

    The Census Bureau says U.S. soybean farmers exported a record 2.6 billion bushels of U.S. soybeans and soy products, valued at over $28 billion last year. Todd Gibson, United Soybean Board Director, says strong exports are the result of checkoff investment concentrated in three areas. Learn more at mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Biodiesel supports Missouri’s economy.

    Biodiesel is a major contributor to Missouri’s economy. Tom Steever spoke with Gary Wheeler, Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council CEO, who cites 8 production facilities in the state keeping 2500 employed directly and another 6700 indirectly. To learn more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri's soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Rural Missouri lacks adequate internet connectivity

    Rural Missourians face the challenge of inadequate internet connectivity. Tom Steever spoke to Casey Wasser, Policy Director, Missouri Soybean Association, who says about 60 percent of rural Missouri lacks access to high-speed internet. Find out more in this week’s Spotlight on Soybeans. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff. Learn more at mosoy.org.

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  • New York is a lucrative and enthusiastic biodiesel market

    Renewable biodiesel continues to make inroads in New York City. Tom Steever spoke to Casey Wasser, Policy Director, Missouri Soybean Association, who recently accompanied growers to see first-hand the decade-old process of New York switching vehicles to a twenty-percent blend of biodiesel. Find out more in this week’s Spotlight on Soybeans. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff. Learn more at mosoy.org.

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  • Bay Farm improvements result in expanded research

    A recent grant to the Missouri Soybean Association-owned Bay Farm Research Facility has resulted in the addition of irrigation to the farm. Tom Steever spoke to Greg Luce, Missouri Soybean Research Director, who says that and other improvements will expand checkoff-supported research. To learn more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri's soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Crop insurance important to securing farm loans

    Tom Steever spoke to Kate Lambert, Laclede farmer and volunteer for the checkoff-supported Common Ground. She credits crop insurance with making it possible for she and husband Matt to secure a beginning farm loan. To find out more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri's soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Ruhland: Becherer’s shoes hard to fill.

    New United Soybean Board CEO Polly Ruhland steps into that position preceded by John Becherer, who’s retiring after 23 years with the USB. Tom Steever spoke with Ruhland, who says Becherer’s shoes will be hard to fill. To learn more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri's soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Production top-of-mind for new United Soybean Board CEO

    The new CEO of the Soybean Checkoff wants farmers to grow the best beans possible, and plenty of them. Tom Steever spoke with Polly Ruhland, United Soybean Board CEO, who is already thinking about production. To learn more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri's soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Inaugural Leopold Award winners are two decades into no-till farming

    Missouri Soybean Association members Matt and Kate Lambert are the inaugural winners of the Missouri Leopold Conservation Award, honoring achievement in stewardship and natural resource management. Matt Lambert has continued to add conservation practices since going to no-till farming in the 90s. To find out more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Agri-Ready grows ‘by leaps and bounds’

    The Missouri Agri-Ready program that positions counties for agriculture economic growth continues to grow. Tom Steever spoke with Ashley McCarty, Executive Director, Missouri Farmers Care, who says advancement of the designation is “by leaps and bounds.” To learn more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri's soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Rail transportation companies provide essential service to soybean growers

    Railroads are essential in shipping Missouri soybeans to U.S. export terminals. Tom Steever spoke to Mike Steenhoek, Executive Director of the Soy Transportation Coalition, who says reliable rail contributes to a grower’s bottom line. More on that in this week’s Spotlight on Soybeans. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff. Learn more at mosoy.org..

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  • NASS reports track Missouri soybean production

    The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) surveys the state’s farmers to determine production estimates. Tom Steever spoke to Bob Garino, State Statistician, National Agricultural Statistics Service, who says soybean growers will be surveyed in December about how the harvest went. More on that in this week’s Spotlight on Soybeans. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff. Learn more at mosoy.org.

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  • MSMC vice chair does strip trial, cover crop research

    Harvest was about half done this past week for Jamestown grower Robert Alpers, who takes part in strip trials and cover crop research on his farm. Tom Steever spoke to Alpers, the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council vice-chairman, who says he’s pleased with the performance on the first soybeans he’s combined. To find out more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Workshops focus on handling, tank maintenance and benefits of biodiesel

    The Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council is partnering with Minnesota-based MEG Corporation conducting biodiesel workshops. Tom Steever spoke to Tony Stafford, Missouri Soybean Market Development Director, who says the sessions are for fuel distributors and farmers. More on that in this week’s Spotlight on Soybeans. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff. Learn more at mosoy.org.

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  • Ag Education on the move is growing in Missouri

    Ag Education on the Move, established by the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council, is growing in Missouri. Tom Steever spoke to Ag Education on the Move Director Luella Gregory, who says further expansions means reaching more third graders, planting the seed of agriculture’s importance to them. Learn more at mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Missouri Soybean research proposals vetted by farmer leaders

    Missouri Soybean is requesting proposals from researchers for checkoff-funded projects. Tom Steever spoke to Greg Luce, Missouri Soybean Research Director, who says pre-proposals will be reviewed by Missouri Soybean farmer leaders. To learn more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri's soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Soybeans contribute $8 billion to Missouri economy

    The Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council has determined that soybeans contribute nearly $8 billion to Missouri’s economy. Tom Steever spoke with Gary Wheeler, Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council CEO, who says that figure is the economic contribution directly from soybeans and the farmers who grow them. More on that in this week’s Spotlight on Soybeans. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff. Learn more at mosoy.org.

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  • Cover crops show environmental, economic promise

    Tom Steever spoke to Charles Ellis, University of Missouri Extension Natural Resource Engineering Specialist, who says checkoff supported strip trails include research into the environmental effects of cover crops. To find out more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Missouri Soybean Yield Contest entry deadline extended

    The entry deadline for Missouri’s soybean yield contest is extended to Friday, September 15th. Tom Steever spoke to Greg Luce, Missouri Soybean Research Director, who says the more growers who enter, the better. To learn more about the contest, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri's soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Survey indicates high SCN infestations

    Most Missouri counties are infested with the destructive soybean cyst nematode. Tom Steever spoke to Melissa Mitchum, University of Missouri Plant Science Associate Professor, who says a recently completed two-year survey of 72 soybean growing counties in the state reveals the pests are prolific. To learn more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri's soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Missouri-bred soybean varieties help mitigate disease threats

    Tom Steever talked to Andrew Scaboo, University of Missouri Assistant Research Professor, who is trying to come up with varieties that’ll be resistant to disease threats to Missouri-grown soybeans. Scaboo spends a lot of time at the Missouri Soybean Association’s Bay Farm Research Facility planting and testing thousands of different soybean plants. To learn more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri's soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Cover crops improve soil, provide forage

    Tom Steever spoke to Brian Martin, Central Missouri soybean grower, who sees high value in experimenting with cover crops for grazing. Brian and his father began their informal research during the drought of 2012 when the corn crop produced more forage than it did grain. To find out more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri's soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Take soybean selfies at the Missouri Soybean State Fair booth

    Tom Steever spoke to Christine Tew, Communications Director, Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council, who discusses what can be found at the Missouri Soybean State Fair booth this week. To find out more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri's soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Yield champ shares growing tips

    Tom Steever spoke to Randy Dowdy, a Georgia farmer who has a knack for growing high yielding soybeans. Dowdy shares tips on what goes into growing record setting soybeans. Learn more at mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • MU research looks at herbicide drift

    Research found that dicamba drift results from, among other things, various weather related factors. Tom Steever spoke to Mandy Bish, Research Specialist, University of Missouri, who says data from nine Missouri weather stations confirm that temperature inversions are most common later in the day. To find out more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri's soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Award honors natural resource management

    The deadline is extended to August 1st to apply for the Leopold Conservation Award. Tom Steever spoke with Ashley McCarty, Executive Director, Missouri Farmers Care, who says the $10,000 award, for the first time in Missouri, honors outstanding natural resource management. To find out more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri's soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Greenley field day focuses on sustainability and profitability

    The University of Missouri Greenley Research Center’s field day August 8 highlights a 240-acre drainage and sub-irrigation research site for soybeans and corn. Tom Steever spoke to Dana Harder, facility Superintendent, who says the focus of the research is the bottom line. To find out more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri's soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Soy School breakouts Friday focus on research and production

    Tom Steever spoke to Greg Luce, Missouri Soybean Research Director, who says this Friday’s Show Me Soy School field day at the Bay Farm Research Facility features a breakout session on the physical differences in soybeans. To learn more about the different sessions, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri's soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Bay Farm event highlights soybean production and research

    This month is the Show Me Soy School field day at the Bay Farm Research Facility near Columbia. Tom Steever spoke to Greg Luce, Missouri Soybean Research Director, who says the agenda for the July 14 event includes updates on herbicide injury, soybean breeding and other checkoff-supported research. To find out more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri's soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Missouri DNR has solution for unused pesticides

    The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has a solution for disposing of unused pesticides. Tom Steever spoke to the DNR’s CJ Plassmeyer, who stresses the importance of properly disposing of pesticides. To find out more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Watch for temperature inversions when spraying

    Tom Steever spoke to Mandy Bish, Research Specialist, University of Missouri, who recommends caution when applying herbicide during temperature inversions. More on that in this week’s Spotlight on Soybeans. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff. Learn more at mosoy.org.

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  • Sustainability keeps farmer profitable

    Tom Steever spoke with Meagan Kaiser, United Soybean Board Director. She and her husband Mark farm with a focus on passing their land to the next generation. Kaiser says sustainable farming is attractive to U.S. export customers and is becoming a trend among neighbors and clients of her family’s soil testing lab. To find out more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Ag Education on the Move teaches third graders agriculture’s importance

    The Ag Education on the Move program is growing. Tom Steever spoke to Ag Education on the Move Director Luella Gregory, who says the initiative to bring agriculture education to third graders gets bigger with every classroom that’s visited. More on that in this week’s Spotlight on Soybeans. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff. Learn more at mosoy.org.

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  • Check with crop insurance agent before corn to soybean switch

    Tom Steever spoke to Casey Wasser, Policy Director, Missouri Soybean Association, who says with the amount of replanting taking place this season, farmers considering switching from corn to soybeans should first check with their crop insurance agent. Find on more in this week’s Spotlight on Soybeans. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff. Learn more at mosoy.org.

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  • Leopold Award recognizes excellence in sustainability

    Applications are now being accepted for the Leopold Conservation Award. Tom Steever spoke with Ashley McCarty, Executive Director, Missouri Farmers Care, who says the award recognizes top producers in terms of productivity and sustainability. To learn more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri's soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • MSMC-sponsored FFA award winner ‘going to come back to the farm’

    Tom Steever spoke to soybean grower, Cole Paxton, a high school senior, who won the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council-sponsored FFA Fiber and/or Oil Crop Proficiency Award. Paxton plans to begin work on a four year degree in agriculture and to become the fourth Paxton generation to work Missouri land. Learn more at mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • USDA reports get attention of people in agriculture

    People involved in agriculture listened intently to results of the government survey confirming that more acres will be planted to soybeans. Tom Steever spoke to Bob Garino, State Statistician, National Agriculture Statistics Service, who says his agency will ask farmers late this month what they actually did plant. More on that in this week’s Spotlight on Soybeans. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff. Learn more at mosoy.org.

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  • Field strip trials give growers valuable data

    The Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council sponsors field strip trials across the state. Tom Steever spoke to Greg Luce, Missouri Soybean Research Director, who oversees the trials that he says have an advantage because they cover more acreage than small test plots. To find out more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri's soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Agreement puts non-GMO, high oleic soybeans in growers’ hands

    Tom Steever spoke to John Kelley, Chairman, Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council, who signed an agreement which grants a license to Des Moines based Schillinger Genetics to commercialize non-GMO, high oleic soybeans. More on that in this week’s Spotlight on Soybeans. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff. Learn more at mosoy.org.

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  • Number of AgriReady counties grows steadily

    Missouri Farmers Care is attracting a growing number of counties to the AgriReady program. Tom Steever spoke to Dr. Alan Wessler, Chairman of Missouri Farmers Care, who says the organization is designating more counties that wish to maintain an environment friendly to agri-business and farm families. To find out more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri's soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Contest helps soybean growers build yield

    The Missouri Soybean Association says growers should consider competing in the Association's yield contest. Tom Steever spoke to Greg Luce, Missouri Soybean Research Director, who says what’s learned from growers working to increase yield will help all producers. Entries are due by September 1. More on that in this week’s Spotlight on Soybeans. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff. Learn more at mosoy.org.

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  • Missouri law boosts fines for off-label herbicide application

    Missouri lawmakers have passed a measure calling for a $10,000 per violation fine for applying herbicides not according to the product label. Tom Steever spoke to Casey Wasser, Policy Director, Missouri Soybean Association, who says passage of the law resulted from last summer’s misapplication of dicamba that damaged crops in Missouri’s Bootheel. To find out more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri's soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Missouri soybean varieties improved with checkoff supported research

    Checkoff dollars dedicated to research are generating additional money for variety improvement through royalties. Tom Steever spoke to Bryan Stobaugh, Licensing Director, Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council, who discusses the goal for the research. The royalties earned for each bag sold are funneled back into research further improving varieties for Missouri soybean growers. More on that in this week’s Spotlight on Soybeans. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff. Learn more at mosoy.org.

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  • Consider making changes to build soybean yield

    Tom Steever spoke to Brad Wilford, Northcentral Missouri soybean farmer, about trying new things to build soybean yield. His 91.9 bushel/acre non-irrigated soybeans were the result of trying at least one or two new things every year to get the best yield possible in the Missouri Soybean Yield Contest. More on that in this week’s Spotlight on Soybeans. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff. Learn more at mosoy.org.

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  • AgriReady Missouri Counties grow to 25

    Tom Steever spoke with Ashley McCarty, Executive Director, Missouri Farmers Care, who discusses the rise in numbers of AgriReady counties. McCarty says these are counties friendly to agriculture that want development and growth. Learn more at mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Audit indicates Soybean Checkoff returns 520 percent

    Tom Steever spoke to Christine Tew, Communications Director, Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council, who discusses how The Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council improves soybean growers’ bottom line with the farmer funded checkoff. Tew says an accounting of everything is there for growers to see. To find out more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri's soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • MSMC-bred soybean varieties suited for Missouri growers

    The Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council is developing soybean varieties bred specifically for the state’s growers. Tom Steever spoke to Bryan Stobaugh, Licensing Director, Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council, who says the better they do, the more varieties will be available. To learn more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri's soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Benefits of early soybean planting

    Tom Steever spoke to Northern Missouri farmer, Colton Lacina, who placed in the Missouri Soybean Yield Contest non-irrigated category with more than 89 bushels to the acre. Lacina credits early planting as one of the many factors that goes into the high yields. Learn more at mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • 2016 Angler of the Year uses soy based biodiesel

    Tom Steever spoke to Crappie Masters tournament fisherman, Kevin Rogers, about the use of soy-based lubricants and soy-based biodiesel in his new B20 Ford truck. Rodgers says he’s amazed he went this long without a biodiesel-fueled pickup truck. Learn more at mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Checkoff Programs Build Soybean Demand

    Tom Steever spoke to Todd Gibson, United Soybean Board Director, about how the checkoff supported programs are building export demand for the record harvest. Gibson, who farms at Norborne, Missouri, says farmer-invested checkoff dollars develop international markets and help grow soybean profitability. Learn more at mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Training sessions now offered

    The University of Missouri is offering training sessions on the Xtend soybean and cotton trait, following 2016 Bootheal crop damage from dicamba application. Tom Steever spoke to Kevin Bradley, University of Missouri Associate Professor and Weed Specialist, about the newly approved dicamba formulations that are designed for this technology. To find training sessions and times, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • High yielding soybeans is a result of early planting

    Missouri Soybean Yield Contest participant Thomas White says high yielding soybeans are partly the result of early planting. Tom Steever spoke to White, who made 96.5 bushels to the acre. More on that in this week’s Spotlight on Soybeans. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff. Learn more at mosoy.org.

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  • Winner of the Soybean Yield Contest discusses results

    Tom Steever spoke to Southwest Missouri soybean grower, Ethan Stenger, who won the irrigated category of the Soybean Yield Contest with more than 96 bushels per acre. Stenger discusses how he gets high soybean yields. Learn more at mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Success of the Agri- Ready County designation program

    Tom Steever spoke with Ashley McCarty, Executive Director, Missouri Farmers Care, about the success of the Agri-Ready County designation program within this first year. To find out more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Importance of biodiesel

    Tom Steever spoke to Tony Stafford, Missouri Soybean Market Development Director, about the importance of biodiesel to the state’s economy. More on that in this week’s Spotlight on Soybeans. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff. Learn more at mosoy.org.

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  • Future soybean meetings

    Tom Steever spoke to Christine Tew, Communications Director, Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council, who discusses future dates and locations for soybean meetings featuring issues that are important to soybean growers. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff. Learn more at mosoy.org.

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  • Young Leader Program

    Tom Steever spoke to Chad and Monica McCollough, Missouri Soybean's DuPont Young Leaders, about the Young Leader Program. To find out more details, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri's soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Soil samples for testing is recommended

    Tom Steever spoke with Dr. Manjula Nathan, Soil Testing Lab Director, University of Missouri, who recommends that soybean growers collect soil samples for testing to determine whether nutrient levels are adequate for next year’s crop. More on that in this week’s Spotlight on Soybeans. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff. Learn more at mosoy.org.

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  • United Soybean Board director takes new role seriously

    Tom Steever spoke with Meagan Kaiser, United Soybean Board Director, about her new position. Meagan is now among those who determine how checkoff dollars are spent. More on that in this week’s Spotlight on Soybeans. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff. Learn more at mosoy.org.

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  • Mizzou Football equipment truck powered by biodiesel

    Tom Steever spoke to Christine Tew, Communications Director, Missouri Soybean Merchandizing Council, who says the University of Missouri Tigers football equipment truck runs on biodiesel. More on that in this week’s Spotlight on Soybeans. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farms and their checkoff. Learn more at mosoy.org.

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  • Bay Farm Research Facility

    Tom Steever talked with Greg Luce, Missouri Soybean Research Director, about the Missouri Soybean Association’s Bay Farm Research Facility. To find out more details about the use of this farm, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Soybean short courses

    Tom Steever spoke to Christine Tew, Communications Director, Missouri Soybean Merchandizing Council, who says the organization will be providing several soybean short courses throughout seven different meetings. More on that in this week’s Spotlight on Soybeans. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff. Learn more at mosoy.org.

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  • Ag Education on the Move

    Tom Steever spoke with Luellle Gregory, Executive Director, Ag Education on the Move, about the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council partnering with the Missouri Farmers Care so that students have an opportunity to get an education on agriculture. More on that in this week’s Spotlight on Soybeans. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff. Learn more at mosoy.org.

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  • Soil Testing

    Tom Steever spoke with Dr. Manjula Nathan, Soil Testing Lab Director, University of Missouri, about taking soil samples. More on that in this week’s Spotlight on Soybeans. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff. Learn more at mosoy.org.

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  • Building the team

    The Missouri Soybean Association is adding a member to their team. David Bigger, Director of Licensing, will begin November 1st. Learn more about this new position at mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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  • Benefits of cover crops

    Cover crops improve soil health and increase organic matter. Tom Steever spoke with Darrick Steen, Environmental Programs Director, Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council, about good reasons to consider cover crops. More on that in this week’s Spotlight on Soybeans. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff. Learn more at mosoy.org.

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  • Diversifying expansion

    With Agri-Ready growth comes educational growth in Missouri classrooms. Tom Steever spoke with Ashley McCarty, Executive Director, Missouri Farmers Care, about Agri-Ready county expansion and diversity. More on that in this week’s Spotlight on Soybeans. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff. Learn more at mosoy.org.

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  • Fuel quality testing

    With Missouri’s leadership in fuel quality testing, Richard Fordyce, Director, Missouri Department of Agriculture, says those who use biodiesel should have confidence in what they’re buying. More on that in this week’s Spotlight on Soybeans. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff. Learn more at mosoy.org.

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  • Soy Transportation Cost Calculator

    The Soy Transportation Coalition has developed a simple online tool for calculating the cost benefits of differing transportation options for selling soybeans. Tom Steever spoke with Mike Steenheok, Executive Director, Soy Transportation Coalition about the calculator.

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  • Research boost in genetic diversity

    Tom Steever spoke with Dr. Pengyin Chen, Soybean Breeder, University of Missouri’s Fisher Delta Research Center, about the main goal of helping growers make money. More on that in this week’s Spotlight on Soybeans. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff. Learn more at mosoy.org.

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  • Reducing foreign oil input

    Tom Steever spoke with Kevin Herdler, Executive Director, St. Louis Clean Cities Program, about the programs mission to reduce foreign oil input by promoting American fuels and technologies. More on that in this week’s Spotlight on Soybeans. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff. Learn more at mosoy.org.

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  • Land Stewardship

    Tom Steever spoke with Sarah Alsager, Public Information Officer, Missouri Department of Agriculture about how the the Agriculture Stewardship Assurance Program (ASAP) is rewarding farmers who are enhancing sustainability and other practices. Click here to learn more about the ASAP program.

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  • Agri-Ready

    The number of counties with Agri-Ready Designation is steadily increasing. Ashley McCarty, Missouri Farmers Care Executive Director, says economic strength is seen in these counties. Click here to find out how your county can apply for designation. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff. Learn more at mosoy.org.

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  • Missouri Soybean Yield Contest

    Tom Steever talked with Greg Luce, Missouri Soybean Research Director, about the Missouri Soybean Yield Contest. Luce says it’s a great way for growers to compare their yields with other growers that are challenging themselves. To find out more about this competition, click here.

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  • Soybean powered biodiesel

    Demand for soybean oil can be seen at the local level. Christine Tew, Communications Director, Missouri Soybean Merchandizing Council, says Missouri State Fair trams are running on soybean powered biodiesel. More on that in this week’s Spotlight on Soybeans. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff. Learn more at mosoy.org

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  • Effects of Dicamba

    Tom Steever talked to Kevin Bradley, University of Missouri Associate Professor and Weed Specialist, about soybean fields that have been injured due to dicamba. More on that in this week’s Spotlight on Soybeans. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff. Learn more at mosoy.org

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  • Genetic diversity’s impact on yield

    Tom Steever talked to Andrew Scaboo, University of Missouri Assistant Research Professor, about the advantages of going back to ancient wild soybean varieties in order to reignite genes lost over time. More on that in this week’s Spotlight on Soybeans. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff. Learn more at mosoy.org

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    • Advances in Irrigation

      Kelly Nelson, University of Missouri research agronomist, studies irrigation in places where water is limited. She talked to Tom Steever about how irrigation can be done on fields that once were thought of as impractical. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff. Learn more at mosoy.org

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    • Educating producers through research

      Tom Steever talked to Greg Luce, Missouri Soybean Research Director, about an upcoming event at the Missouri Soybean Association’s Bay Farm Research Facility that will educate producers on the latest in soy research and best practices. More on that in this week’s Spotlight on Soybeans. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff. Learn more at mosoy.org

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    • Sedentary endoparasitic nematodes

      Melissa Mitchum, University of Missouri Plant Science Associate Professor, says 92 percent of soil samples tested have been positive for nematode. Learn more on what you can do in order to manage this pest, in this week’s Spotlight on Soybeans. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff.

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    • Expanding the Panama Canal

      Mike Steenhoek, Executive Director of the Soy Transportation Coalition, says expanding the Panama Canal in order to accommodate bigger shipping vessels will help U.S. farmers compete in more markets. More on that in this week’s Spotlight on Soybeans. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff. Learn more at mosoy.org

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    • The impact of biodiesel on fuel efficiency

      Biodiesel can have a big impact on fuel efficiency. Tom Steever talked to Brian Sowers, Spokesman for the Crappie Masters Tournament Trail, about the environmental benefits of using soy based products. Learn more at mosoy.org

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    • Soybean exports to Cuba

      Tom Steever talked with Gary Wheeler, MO Soybean CEO, about export restrictions from the U.S. to Cuba and the benefit that lifting those restrictions would have on Missouri soybean farmers. Learn more at mosoy.org

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    • A look ahead

      Meat and poultry exports carry a heavy financial impact for Missouri soybean farmers. Tom Steever talked with Philip Lobo, United Soybean Board Feed Utilization Director, about the tens of millions of dollars that are expected over the next decade for Missouri soybean farms. Learn more at mosoy.org.

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    • Providing quality across the world

      The amount of pork and poultry meal being exported continues to rise. Tom Steever spoke with John Becherer, United Soybean Board CEO about how partnerships with the livestock industry are beneficial for soybean growers and the economy. Learn more at mosoy.org.

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    • The power of livestock

      Findings from a recent Soybean checkoff funded study shows soybean's biggest customer, animal agriculture, is responsible for 150K jobs in the state. Tom Steever spoke with Ryan Milhollin, University of Missouri Ag Economist and Christine Tew, Merchandising Council Communications Director about the partnership between soybean growers and livestock producers. Find a link to the study at mosoy.org.

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    • New line toward savings

      Checkoff funded research has led to several new soybean varieties coming down the line for the 2017 season. Tom Steever spoke to Andrew Scaboo, University of Missouri Assistant Research Professor, about the benefits growers are seeing from these more disease resistant seeds.

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    • County support

      Missouri's Pike County is the latest to be certified by the Missouri Farmers Care Agri-Ready Program. The program recognizes counties that support farmers and economic interests in agriculture. Tom Steever spoke to Ashley McCarty, Missouri Farmers Care Executive Director, about the designation and what it means. Learn more about Missouri Farmers Care here.

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    • Location, location, location

      They soybean cyst nematode continues to hold its place as the most economically damaging pest to growers in Missouri. Tom Steever spoke with Melissa Mitchum, Plant Sciences Associate Professor at the University of Missouri about which parts of the state have the heaviest presence of soybean cyst nematode. Determining where the issue is heaviest can help growers manage their crops better.

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    • Expanding delivery on the Panama Canal

      The Panama Canal Authority has set a date of June 26th to open an expansion that's been more than eight years in the making. Tom Steever spoke with Mike Steenhoek, Executive Director, Soy Transportation Coalition, about what the expansion means for soybean farmers. Learn more.

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    • Soil health benefits

      Erosion control and yield boosts are two of the reasons farmers implement cover crops in their fields. Researchers are also looking at how the practice impacts soil health. Tom Steever spoke with Peter Rost, Junior, New Madrid County farmer and member of the Missouri Delta Soil Health Alliance. Rost says he expects big benefits over the long-term. Learn more at MOSoy.org.

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    • Transition to soy-based products

      Soy-based products offer consumers a healthier alternative to petroleum based products. Biodiesel is one of those products. Tom Steever spoke with Kevin Rogers, Crappie Masters Tournament Trail Fisherman and Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council representative. He shared his personal experience switching to biodiesel.

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    • Variety testing

      Some of the partnerships formed through the checkoff end up providing new opportunities for planting variety. Tom Steever spoke with Gary Wheeler, Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council CEO, about what this means for individual farms.

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    • Sustainable production

      Checkoff funding supports research that helps determine whether or not there are benefits to practices such as using cover crops. Tom Steever spoke with Greg Luce, Missouri Soybean Research Director, about the impact the research has for farmers.

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    • Biodiesel in the classroom

      Rockwood Summit High School in Fenton, Missouri is the home of the Rockwood Summit Biodiesel Project. It works to educate community members on the potential of bio-fuels. Tom Steever spoke with Darrin Peters, chemistry teacher, about the project and how it's changed perceptions about renewable fuels. Learn more about the Rockwood project here.

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    • Export relations in Southeast Asia

      Thailand has a huge need for soybean meal. Tom Steever spoke with Gary Wheeler, Missouri Soybean CEO, about a recent trip to Thailand and what he learned about the demand and opportunities coming from that region.

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    • Technology for profitability

      The Soy Transportation Coalition recently added an app that helps farmers determine the most profitable delivery point for their soybeans or other commodities. Tom Steever spoke with Mike Steenhoek, Soy Transportation Coalition Executive Director, about the considerations that should be made when deciding where to deliver.

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    • Soybean breeding projects

      Robert Alpers, Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council Research Chairman talks about the benefits seen with non-GMO varieties of high oleic soybeans. Learn more about what the council is doing, here. In addition to food products there are new industrial uses for soybean products. More on that.

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    • Slick as Soy

      Soybeans are likely NOT the first thing you think of when it comes to crappie fishing. However, you might be surprised to know how much environmentally friendly soy based fuels and lubricants are used by the Bass Pro Shops Crappie Master's Tournament Trail. Tom Steever spoke with Brian Sowers, tournament spokesman, about the education that's come with these soy based products. To find out more about soy based products, click here.

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    • Annual soybean yield contest

      The annual Missouri Soybean Yield Contest recognizes producers across the state who excel in soybean production based on their crop yields. Tom Steever spoke with some of the regional winners, who say the contest not only highlights great work, but provides educational opportunities for fellow farmers. Learn more about the contest here.

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    • Soybean meal and Mexico

      Tom Steever spoke with Tony Stafford, Missouri Soybean Business Development Director, about the the demand for U.S. soybean meal in Mexico as it relates the aquaculture industry. He says our nation's product has a reputation for consistently high quality. Click here to learn more about soybean meal and its value as an important supplement protein for livestock, poultry and specialty markets.

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    • Biodiesel demand growth in the Big Apple

      Rural farms have a strong connection to big cities when it comes to fuel efficiency. Neal Bredehoeft, Lafayette County soybean farmer tells Tom Steever he's seeing the support for soy based biodiesel. With sustainability in mind, Spiro Kattan, New York City Department of Sanitation deputy director says biodiesel blends will continue to be used for the foreseeable future.

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    • Soybeans and the city

      New York City's municipal vehicle fleet is a great example of biodiesel at work on a big scale. With more than 11,000 diesel vehicles in operation, more than half of the biodiesel being used comes from soybean oil. Tom Steever spoke with Keith Kerman, Chief Fleet Officer, about why the use of biodiesel is so important for the city. Learn more about soy based biodiesel.

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    • Supporting soybean industry opportunities

      The Missouri Soybean Checkoff Board is instrumental in research of soy based biodiesel. Tom Steever spoke with Joe Jobe, National Biodiesel Board CEO about the state's role in the industry. Jobe will speak at the Missouri Soybean Association annual meeting, coming up on February 1, in Jefferson City.

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    • Clearing the way for export

      The checkoff supports efforts by the Soy Transportation Coalition to ensure quality infrastructure for the transport of Missouri soybeans both locally and around the world. Tom Steever spoke with Dan Engemann, Missouri Soybean Policy Director, about just how important this piece is to smooth operations.

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    • Opportunity for discussion

      Missouri Soybean works with fellow ag organizations and groups to offer events throughout the state that educate about profitablity and other topics of interest to members. Gary Wheeler, Missouri Soybean CEO, talked to Tom Steever about district winter meetings and what will be discussed. Find event details here.

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    • Consumer perception

      With advances in farm technology come consumer questions and concerns about food safety and practices. Tom Steever spoke with Allyson Perry, Center for Food Integrity about the importance of bringing education and awareness along with innovation.

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    • Innovation and stewardship

      Tom Steever caught up with two of the Missouri Agriculture Award winners at the Governor's Conference on Agriculture. He talked with soybean Legacy Award winner Warren Stemme, from Chesterfield, about biodiesel promotion and outreach to non-farmers. He spoke with Environmental Steward Award winner Peter Rost, from New Madrid, about his work with soil health and what it means to the industry.

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    • Panama Canal expansion impact

      Approximately 600 million bushels of U.S. soybeans annually transit the Panama Canal. Tim Gottman, Missouri soybean grower, talked with Tom Steever about his experience seeing the canal for the first time and how it gave him a greater understanding of its importance to the industry.

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    • Getting high quality fuel to Missouri pumps

      The USB touts biodiesel as clean burning with 86% less emissions than petroleum diesel. Biodiesel supports 62,000 jobs in the U.S. And it's approved by all major engine manufacturers. With all of these, and other, benefits of biodiesel, there is a market for more soy based biodiesel fueling stations in the state. Tom Steever spoke with Gary Wheeler, Missouri Soybean Executive Director, about how to fulfill the demand.

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    • USB investment efficiency

      Todd Gibson, Norborne, Missouri farmer, just started his third term as a United Soybean Board director. He talked to Tom Steever about efforts to manage funding in a way that benefits both the U.S. and state boards.

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    • Impact of Missouri River changes

      Modifications to the Missouri River's flow can have a major impact on growers' transportation needs. Tom Steever spoke with Dan Engemann, Missouri Soybeans, who is on the Missouri River recovery implementation committee, about how the group is working to meet the needs of farmers while also restoring and maintaining endangered species habitat along the river.

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    • Research Farm Investment

      The Bay Farm research facility is an operation funded by Missouri Soybean checkoff dollars. It's goal is to increase productivity and profitability for soybean farmers in Missouri. Tom Steever spoke with Tony Stafford, Missouri Soybean Director of Business Development and Andrew Scaboo University of Missouri researcher.

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    • Bringing diversity to nematode resistant fields

      Missouri soybean growers are investing in research that will support efforts to rid fields of the soybean cyst nematode. Tom Steever spoke with Dr. Melissa Mitchum, University of Missouri researcher, about resistance that is occuring with the parasite and the efforts to find a solution to the problem.

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    • Higher demand for biodiesel

      There may soon be greater demand for the renewable fuel, biodiesel, with California's readoption of its low carbon fuel standard. Tom Steever spoke with Don Scott, National Biodiesel Board Sustainability Director.

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