Welcome to Minnesota Soybean
Welcome to Minnesota Soybean! We're very proud to tell you that Minnesota's soybean farmers not only feed the world, they also grow a crop that is used to make innovative "green" products that help protect the environment and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Minnesota's soybean farmers are also knowledgeable, respectful stewards of the land they live and raise their families on. They are business men and women who continually strive to adopt new technologies and practices that will protect and preserve Minnesota's treasured natural resources, while producing a safe and abundant food supply. Collectively known as Minnesota Soybean, the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association (MSGA) and the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council (MSR&PC) are two very distinct and different organizations that work together toward a common goal - to increase the profitability of Minnesota's soybean farmers.
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Minnesota Soybean Farmers Highlight Transportation Issues in Washington
Minnesota soybean farmers Lance Peterson and Bill Gordon were among nearly 40 speakers to testify before the Surface Transportation Board in Washington D.C. about challenges with rail transportation. Peterson and Gordon, both Minnesota Soybean Growers Association (MSGA) and American Soybean Association (ASA) directors, highlighted the impacts increased rail costs and widening grain basis are having on farmers.
“We were certainly able to create awareness on this very important issue,” Peterson says. “It drove home the seriousness of the situation.”
Because competition for rail cars is stiff, grain cars are often delayed or unavailable to grain elevators. When they are available, the cost for securing cars has skyrocketed from about $600 per car to over $3,000. That cost is passed on to farmers in the form of a widened basis. The widened basis could result in millions of dollars in lost revenue for farmers.
“The railroads are working to catch up on the back-logged rail cars now that the weather has improved,” Gordon adds. “As farmers, we need to keep reminding them that our grain needs to be moved by fall for new crop.
Rail officials pointed to competition for rail availability from a growing domestic oil industry, coal shipments and intermodal shipping as reasons that farmers and others are seeing delays in rail car availability. Minnesota soybean farmers, who export over half of their crop, are being impacted.
“The delays in shipping not only affect the prices we receive but it also impacts the delivery deadlines to our important export markets,” Gordon says. “If we can’t deliver what our customers expect, we could lose current and future sales. That would put our reputation as a top quality provider and reliable source of these commodities in jeopardy.”
Investments are being made to upgrade rail capacity serving Minnesota and other states along the northern tier of the United States. However, those investments aren’t likely to have an immediate impact on the bottleneck.
“The bottom line is it’s going to take time,” Peterson adds. “There’s no rapid answer. Investments and improvements are going to take time to have an impact.”
Gordon and Peterson testified as part of a public hearing before the Surface Transportation Board April 10.
2014 Biodiesel Open golf event
We know you've been itching for spring, but how about summer and some golf? The 2014 Biodiesel Open is set for June 20 at North Links Golf Club. Held at one of the region’s best public golf courses,
the Biodiesel Open brings together some of Minnesota’s most influential farm leaders and top producers for a day of fellowship, fun and friendly competition. To learn more, to sign up for a sponsorship opportunities or to register to golf, click here.
Biodiesel in Minnesota
Minnesota is one of the nation's leaders in biodiesel. Made from renewable resources like soybean oil, biodiesel is the only fuel recognized by the EPA as an Advanced Biofuel. Biodiesel not only provides power and performance, it also helps us all breathe easier. To learn more about biodiesel, click here, or visit www.biodiesel.mn
U of M's 2013 Soybean Variety Performance Trials released
The results of the 2013, Public and Private Soybean Variety Performance Trials have been released. To view the summation, click here.
NW On-Farm Cropping Trials available
The results of the 2013 On-Farm Cropping Trials, Northwest Minnesota are now available. To view the results, click here.
Why be an MSGA member?
Check out the new MSGA membership video on YouTube. Find out why your fellow farmers have made the commitment. Click here to watch for yourself!