April 2022

April 21, 2022


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On the Cover
Des Moines County farmer Michael Fosdick says communicating checkoff-related projects through SRIN helps demonstrate ROI.

Executive Insights: We've got this
Challenges arise, but there are no challenges that we won't overcome. We've got this.
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Stowe named director of U.S. Soybean Research Collaborative
A multistate soybean research initiative dedicated to more effective coordination and collaboration among all sectors of the industry to the benefit of farmers has named its inaugural director.
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Five trends impacting the future of the global soy market
Five state soybean checkoff groups jointly funded an effort designed to help soybean farmers make smart and informed decisions that will increase opportunities for future access.
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Farmers discuss opportunities and risks ahead of planting
In a discussion hosted by U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) CEO Jim Sutter, U.S. soybean farmers shared their perspectives ahead of the 2022 growing season.
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A late-emerging soybean could affect your bottom line
Uneven seedling emergence in corn will reduce profitability and yield. Less known, however, are the effects of uneven emergence on soybean yields.
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Soil fertility can have a direct effect on yields
As fertilizer prices continue to spike, farmers are looking for ways to reduce their input costs. One solution could be improving their soil’s fertility.
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Genetics, fertility can help drought-proof crop acres
Nearly three-quarters of Iowa was covered by drought or abnormally dry conditions in 2021. However, Iowa farmers produced a record 621.86 million bushels of soybeans.
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Web-based platform communicates projects funded through checkoff investments
Ag tech — tools that collect and process data — can help farmers maximize productivity, efficiency, profitability and sustainability.
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Three reasons to celebrate soyfoods month
Soy is a sustainable plant protein, a healthy snack, a delicacy and a cold drink, during National Soyfoods Month in April and beyond.
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Brazil's rise in soy, corn production consequential for Iowa farmers
Enormous swaths of land in central Brazil, once referred to as a “green desert,” have sprung to life. The transformation has elevated the country of 210 million into an agricultural supercenter holding long-term consequences for Iowa farmers.
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Dwight Dial Recognized with Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award
Dwight Dial of Lake City was recognized with the Gary Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award recently for his lifelong commitment to agriculture and environmental stewardship. Dial grows soybeans and corn and raises pigs and sheep on his Calhoun County farm.
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Rural Route 2: Taking Flight
I’m heading to Commodity Classic, one of the largest commodity specific tradeshows in the world.
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