Off the Fence: Farmers Go All-In with Cover Crops

Fence rows, or where they used to be in many cases, don’t lie. Wellman, Iowa soybean farmer Steve Berger often wondered years ago why the combine yield monitor would show a dramatic spike — 40-50 bushels per acre in corn — in productivity where a fence used to be. Turns out, there was typically twice

Soybean Farmers Attest to Cover-Crop Benefits

Weed control, nutrient management and six more perks of planting cover crops Cover crops provide numerous benefits for the soil, including reduced erosion, improved ability to hold water and greater organic matter. But some soybean farmers still aren’t sure whether they’ll return the investment. According to Keith Berns, Ray Gaesser and Steve Groff who grow

To Till or Not to Till

Farmers balance weed management, crop performance and sustainability on their farm View the full issue of Beyond the Bean Click here Farmers are moving toward no-till practices, but many still rely on tillage to control weeds. Thinking ahead to the new planting season, it’s important to know which option is best for your farm. Purdue

Soy’s New Competitive Edge

Sustainably produced soybeans are more important than ever. Companies, such as General Mills, Land O’Lakes and The Coca-Cola Company are moving toward making this a requirement for all of their ingredients. One company in particular, global consumer-goods giant Unilever, has made a commitment to source 100 percent of its soybeans from farmers who use sustainable

Sustainability Drives Soy Innovation at Ford

The year was 2004. As manufacturers battled for a competitive edge with technical innovations on products like PlayStation 2 and Nintendo DS, Ford Motor Co. had a better idea. Partnering with the soy checkoff, the Ford Plastics Research team developed a soy-based foam, which it predicted would help make transportation sustainable. That technology provided additional

Growing Your Bottom Line with Sustainable Farming

The dictionary defines “sustainable” as “possessing the ability to be used without being completely used up or destroyed.” Most farmers have their own definition of sustainability, and whether or not they know it, almost all practice sustainable agriculture to some degree. Basic, daily practices often help farmers boost sustainability performance – while also boosting profitability

Certified Sustainable

U.S. soy sustainability meets and exceeds international requirements The U.S. Soybean Sustainability Assurance Protocol (SSAP) was created by the soy checkoff, U.S. Soybean Export Council and American Soybean Association to certify the sustainability of U.S. soybeans. This is becoming more important as more buyers of U.S. soy are requesting documentation proving the sustainability of food

Farmers Fueling Fleets: Biofuel Powers U.S. Navy

Far from the heart of soybean country, San Diego-based retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Len Hering has a message for the nation’s soybean farmers: “You are the warriors of the next war for independence.” The “next war for independence” to which Hering refers is decreasing America’s reliance on petroleum-based fuel sources. Hering is all too

Farmers and NGOs – USB Brings All Parties to the Table

At first, it might seem a little unconventional to invite Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to speak with a group of United Soybean Board (USB) farmers about sustainability. But that’s what USB’s Freedom to Operate (FTO) Action Team recently did to start looking for collaboration opportunities. “As members of the FTO Team, we’re charged with ensuring that

Sustainability: A Good Business Practice

Sustainable farming practices pay off for farmers and end users According to Marty Matlock, professor of biological and agricultural engineering at the University of Arkansas, U.S. farmers own the concept of sustainability. Their history of improving conservation and reducing inputs can be traced all the way back to the Dust Bowl. Here, Matlock explains why