Ralph Lott

U.S. Soybean Farmer

New York

Ralph Lott II grows soybeans and corn, along with a cow operation for freezer trade and restaurants, on his farm in Seneca Falls, New York. He and his wife Shirley farm with their two sons, who are equal partners in Rodman Lott & Son Farms LLC. He believes the U.S. soybean industry should focus on maintaining export market share and developing soybean customers’ wants and needs. He also believes that worldwide demand from animal agriculture has a positive outlook for the industry.

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U.S. Soybean Farmers Have an Unprecedented Leadership Role for Global Food Security

Ralph Lott|Jun 21, 2022

2022 marks my family’s 70th year of growing soybeans, which means we all know our distinct roles very well. Tuning up machinery, clearing rocks out…

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Ground Work 2021:Planting Cover Crops into New York State Soybeans

Ralph Lott|Sep 23, 2021

Our crops are maturing quickly. We had several days with a little rain through the first half of September. Then we had a few warm,…

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Ground Work 2021:Growing Soybeans and Markets in New York State

Ralph Lott|Aug 31, 2021

Our crops continue to look good. The weather in our area of the U.S. Northeast has been dry, but our soybeans and corn haven’t been…

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Ground Work 2021:Harvest Finishing Early in New York State

Ralph Lott|Nov 24, 2021

It has been a very wet fall in our area of the U.S. northeast. And, the cooler temperatures and shorter days that come with this…

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Ground Work 2021:Soybeans Thriving in New York State

Ralph Lott|Jul 30, 2021

Our crops are looking good. Although the weather has been dry, we have consistently been getting enough rain to help the crops grow. So far,…

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Ground Work 2021:New York State Soybean Harvest Going Smoothly

Ralph Lott|Oct 26, 2021

  My family is well into soybean harvest, and so far yields have been above average. With about three-fourths of the soybeans in our storage…

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Ground Work 2021:New York State Crops Emerging Well

Ralph Lott|Jun 21, 2021

Despite our late start to planting, we were able to get all our soybeans planted by June 4, a week after we finished planting corn.…

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Ground Work 2021:Finally Starting to Plant in New York State

Ralph Lott|May 18, 2021

After a dry winter, we received quite a bit of moisture in late April and early May. The wet weather forced us to delay planting…

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Ground Work 2021:Preparing New York State Fields

Ralph Lott|Apr 26, 2021

In mid-April, we received the rain we had been waiting for to provide some soil moisture. It came with cool temperatures. Our long-term forecast shows…

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Ground Work 2021:Working to Continuously Improve in New York State

Ralph Lott|Mar 31, 2021

New York state farmer Ralph Lott describes building custom strip-till equipment in a Ground Work 2021 update. He also shares how he makes soybean and…