This Week’s Biggest Stories 5/16

Soybean-Pod

Record Biodiesel Production Adds to Soybean Farmers’ ROI

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the U.S. biodiesel industry produced 1.36 billion gallons of biodiesel in 2013. The EIA says that production required the use of at least 5.5 billion pounds of U.S. soybean oil. That volume is the oil from more than 468 million bushels of U.S. soybeans.

Tillage Plays a Big Role in Managing Herbicide-Resistant Weeds

Deep-till or no-till – which method is better for managing weeds? According to Purdue University Associate Professor Bryan Young, Ph. D., there are pros and cons to both tillage methods for weed control. Find out which method is a better fit for your farm.

High Oleic Soybean Motor Oil Drives Innovation

A motor oil with a high-oleic-soybean-oil base just took the next step toward commercialization. The oil recently received certification from the American Petroleum Institute (API), which is expected to facilitate commercialization. Farmers and other consumers may see this high-oleic-soybean-oil derived product in stores in as little as two years.

Three Ways to Support Poultry and Livestock through Soybean Quality

It is estimated that more than 75 percent of all soybean meal produced in the world is fed to poultry and pigs. For the U.S. soybean industry to remain viable, it is crucial that animal agriculture remains a big user. Read about three ways U.S. soybean farmers can help keep U.S. soybean meal competitive in the marketplace.

Soybean Field Rolling May Help You Increase Harvest Efficiency

Would you like to increase your harvest efficiency by minimizing equipment damage, producing cleaner beans and increasing the number of acres you can harvest in a day? According to North Dakota Extension Agronomist Greg Endres, field rolling enables soybean farmers to do just that.