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Early Soybean Planting Supports Cover Crops

USSEC Staff WriterJun 5, 2020

An Illinois agronomist explained the link between planting soybeans early and establishing cover crops at an Illinois Soybean Association event that was summarized in and…

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2020 Ground Work: Working and Waiting in Ohio

Bill BaylissJun 1, 2020

As of late May, we have about one-third of our corn and soybean fields planted. Our winter wheat continues to look really good. That’s great…

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U.S. Soy Farmers are Part of a Team Reducing Environmental Impact

American Farm Bureau FederationApr 26, 2020

U.S. soy farmers are part of the sustainability solution as they produce more with less. This American Farm Bureau Federation video highlights sustainability in U.S.…

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Continuous soybeans and cover crops

USSEC Staff WriterFeb 27, 2020

Research from Ohio State University examined the impact of cover crops on stand, yield and pest pressure in continuous soybeans. Conducted by graduate research associate…

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Annie Dee, U.S. Soy Grower Leader, Featured in National Geographic

National GeographicOct 24, 2019

U.S. soy farmers’ sustainable farming practices play an important role helping to benefit the world and climate change. United Soybean Board (USB) director Annie Dee…

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Different Paths, Same Goal: Sustainability is Universal Priority For U.S. Soybean Farmers Nationwide

USB Staff WriterOct 18, 2019

What’s good for Iowa soybean farms may not be so great for Georgia soils. But one thing is certain: Farmers embrace the importance and value…

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Conservation is Just a Way of Life for this U.S. Soy Family Farm

South Dakota SoybeanJul 31, 2019

The Johnson Farm of Frankfort, South Dakota is this year's winner of the South Dakota Leopold Conservation Award. In 1986, the family went 100 percent…

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Practical Application

Brandelyn TwellmanJan 11, 2019

Farmers share their experiences with cover crops, including the benefits they've seen following implementation and lessons learned along the way. Robert Alper's first experience planting…

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U.S. Soy Farmer Details Sustainability Efforts on his Land

Cory AtkinsNov 15, 2018

Cory Atkins, a U.S. Soy farmer in Delaware, details the various sustainability methods that best fit his farm.

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Cover Crops Help U.S. Soybean Farmers Preserve Their Land

Derek HaigwoodSep 21, 2018

Cover crops are one production practice that not only make U.S. soybean farmers more sustainable, but also help fertilize crops with organic matter and prevent…

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U.S. Soybean Versatility Highlighted at Dakotafest

Michelle RookSep 20, 2018

The soybean industry is a dynamic part of South Dakota's economy with meal and oil products providing feed for livestock and food for consumers. Farmers…

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Soybeans Through the Seasons

Kelly BoswellSep 1, 2018

This educational video, produced by the Kentucky Soybean Board, is a primer on U.S. Soy. U.S. farmers demonstrate planting, growing, and harvesting soybeans. They also…

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Cover Crops are an Important Implement in my Sustainability Toolkit

Annie DeeMar 22, 2018

Cover crops help me to not only safeguard, but also to further enrich my farm’s soil health. The root systems from those cover crops cycle…

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Soybeans Play a Key Role in Alabama Farmer’s Crop Rotation

Jen Del CarmenMar 21, 2018

Annie Dee is always thinking about sustainability at the Dee River Ranch, her 10,0000 acre farm located in Alabama and Mississippi. She relies on conservation…

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Alabama Soybean Farmer Says Soil Health is the Key to Long-Term Production

Jen Del CarmenMar 20, 2018

Farmer Annie Dee is always thinking ahead. “With the world population expected to be nine to ten billion people by the year 2050, we need…

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Water Drainage, Soil Highlighted on Mark Eck’s Maryland Row Crop and Poultry Farm

Pascal KuipersMar 15, 2018

Mark Eck built his first chicken house in 1977. While he and his family have expanded beyond poultry over the years, much of the soy…

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Conservation and Wildlife are at the Heart of this Hartly, Delaware Operation

Pascal KuipersMar 14, 2018

Mike Brown was a forester working for the state of Delaware when he acquired this farm in 1994. At the time, Jim Thompson had already…

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Keeping it Simple

Dan LemkeMar 13, 2018

Jamestown, North Dakota, farmer Tony Wagner was already committed to farming in a sustainable way when he got an eye opener that cemented the importance…

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Sustainable U.S. Farming Practices by the Numbers

Pascal KuipersMar 2, 2018

Conservation and sustainable farming practices are practically as old as U.S. agriculture itself. Sustainability is, by its very definition, integral to the farmers who care…

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Working the Soil System

Dan LemkeFeb 21, 2018

North Dakota farmer Rocklin (Rocky) Bateman was at a crossroads. After farming conventionally for years, financial challenges in the 1990s put him and his family…

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Cover Crop Tool Directs Decision Making

Barb Baylor AndersonFeb 5, 2018

Farmers have as many questions as answers when it comes to cover crops. While this relative newcomer to conservation strategy is proving effective, it’s not…

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Sustainability Practices Prove Their Worth

Jessica WhartonJan 26, 2018

Walton Farms has been operating on and around the same land in Iowa since 1835, spanning multiple generations and many different farming practices. When Walton…

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Soil Health a Win for U.S. Soybean Farmers and End-Users

Michelle RookJan 18, 2018

There is a renewed emphasis on soil health in agriculture through sustainable practices such as no-till farming and the planting of cover crops. [ Recorded…

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Cover Crops Promote Soil Health and Environmental Benefits

Michelle RookDec 20, 2017

U.S. soybean farmers employ various sustainability methods including cover crops. Some cover crop benefits include increasing soil microbes, increasing water infiltration, reducing the amount of…

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Conservation acclamation

Jason JenkinsDec 13, 2017

Lamberts honored with Missouri’s first Leopold award. As Matt Lambert harvests corn on an overcast early November afternoon, the clamorous combine kicks up more than…

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Soybean Harvest in Maryland

Susanne ZilberfarbNov 14, 2017

Maryland farmer Eric Spates shows how he combines beans at his farm. He talks about his sustainability practices, including how his grass waterway prevents soil…

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A View From the Farm: Uncovering the Benefits of Cover Crops

Carla SchultzOct 12, 2017

Just like any business, my husband and I know we need to continue to learn and try new things to grow and build our farm…

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Sustainable Farming: Learning to Grow More With Less

Carla SchultzOct 6, 2017

As parents, we want the best for our kids. We want our children to have access to great schools and teachers and to have a…

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Precision Agriculture: Finding the Right Recipe for Sustainable Farming

Diane KarrOct 4, 2017

  Raising four boys on the farm means a lot of groceries and a lot of hungry kids to feed. Just as I carefully measure…

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Thinking Ahead to Harvest

Lauren BieglerSep 25, 2017

The days are getting shorter, the nights a bit cooler as every day passes here in Minnesota. When the days get shorter, the beans start…

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Sustainable Spraying

Lauren BieglerAug 31, 2017

It has been a pretty uneventful summer for our soybeans. We had a late start planting with cool, wet weather, but got heat and sunshine…

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Biegler Farms, Lake Wilson, Minnesota

Lauren BieglerJul 10, 2017

Last post, we had just finished planting soybeans. After planting, we love to see a little moisture and some heat to help with emergence and…

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As Unique as a Thumbprint

Sarah WilsonMay 19, 2017

Farmers are committed to growing a safe, abundant and sustainable food supply. We all care for the land from which we make our livelihood, but…

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The Crops I Plant but Don’t Harvest … and how they protect the land and water

Lauren BieglerMay 12, 2017

They say a picture’s worth a thousand words, so I think the photo you see above explains why I plant cover crops better than I…

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More Than One Way to Plant a Seed

Kellie BlairMay 5, 2017

Water quality is something that I’m concerned about as a mom and a farmer. I live in Iowa, where this is a particularly hot topic.…

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Cover crops reduce loss of nitrogen and phosphorus to waterways

USSEC Staff WriterMay 2, 2017

From Corn and Soybean Digest: Even though planting season has not yet started in full force, many fields across Iowa are already turning green. These…