Matt Gast

Matt Gast is a first-generation farmer from Valley City, North Dakota, where he grows soybeans and corn. He serves as a United Soybean Board director and is also involved with the North Dakota Soybean Council. One of his goals for the farm is ensuring its longevity for his three sons: Jackson, Bentley and Easton. He’s interested in sustainability on his farm and for all U.S. soybean farmers.

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Ground Work: Connecting Students to Modern Agriculture through Nourish the Future

Matt Gast|Apr 8, 2024

The Ground Work series shares the perspectives of U.S. soybean farmers as they observe how the U.S. Soy industry lays the groundwork to grow innovative,…

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Ground Work 2021: North Dakota Soybean Harvest Rolling

Matt Gast|Sep 27, 2021

Planting early and a hot, dry summer combined to allow us to start harvesting soybeans about 15 to 20 days earlier than normal. Those same…

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Ground Work 2021: Rain Needed to Fill Out North Dakota Soybeans

Matt Gast|Aug 24, 2021

Our fields are getting drier. After several weeks of ideal conditions, my town has recorded just 1 cm, or 0.4 inch, of rain in the…

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Ground Work 2021: Finishing Harvest, Preparing for Next Year in North Dakota

Matt Gast|Dec 6, 2021

After a summer of drought, the wet fall in our area of the U.S. Northern Plains forced an extended harvest season. We finally finished harvesting…

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Ground Work 2021: Ideal Growing Conditions for North Dakota Soybeans

Matt Gast|Jul 26, 2021

While some areas of the U.S., including my state, are way too dry, other areas of the country are way too wet. But in my…

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Ground Work 2021: North Dakota Soybean Yields Lower Than Expected

Matt Gast|Oct 22, 2021

A month into harvest, we are seeing the results of a challenging season. Farmers in our area of the Northern Plains of the U.S. expected…

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Ground Work 2021: North Dakota Crops Emerging, Need Rain

Matt Gast|Jun 16, 2021

This year, we finished planting all our fields – both soybeans and corn – by May 27, roughly two weeks earlier than average. It’s also…

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Ground Work 2021: Planting North Dakota Fields

Matt Gast|May 17, 2021

We started planting both soybeans and corn the last week of April, even though we had snow the weekend before in some of our fields.…

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Ground Work 2021: Fields Nearly Ready for Planting in North Dakota

Matt Gast|Apr 14, 2021

The warm, very dry spring we have had in our area of North Dakota in the United States northern plains has been very different than…