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June 28, 2019

By Kayla Weaver From outside the industry, seed treatments might just look like a fun way to color code your seeds, but a farmer knows seed treatments are an effective tool to provide an emerging crop with protection from insects and diseases in the soil that may prove detrimental to seedlings. These colorful coatings allow the plants to get a solid start which serves as the foundation for a strong crop in the fall. However,… Read More

June 28, 2019

By Courtney Heiser The Ohio Soybean Council and soybean checkoff fund many different research projects that utilize soybeans, thus increasing demand for soybeans and helping farmers become more profitable. OSC continually works to explore new, innovative market outlets for soybeans and their by-products. Below are some of the latest research ventures that aim to increase market value for soy growers. Torrified Hulls Torrified hulls to replace carbon black is a compounding filler produced from a… Read More

June 28, 2019

By Mike Steenhoek, Executive Director, Soy Transportation Coalition As Ohio and U.S. soybeans remain under pressure due to uncooperative weather and growing conditions, on the supply side of the equation, and international marketing challenges, on the demand side of the equation, it becomes all the more essential to ensure our nation’s multi-modal transportation — the connection between supply and demand — is emphasized and prioritized. Unfavorable growing conditions is often a function of the weather. Read More

June 20, 2019

By Courtney Heiser In April, Barry McGraw, Director of Product Research and Commercialization with the Ohio Soybean Council (OSC), had the opportunity to travel to Melbourne, Australia as a keynote speaker for the Crop Waste to Value Added Products Conference. This conference allowed commercial industry partners as well as university researchers to network and gain insight on biobased research. During his presentation, McGraw discussed various research projects funded by OSC that have resulted in many… Read More

June 20, 2019

Courtney Heiser is serving as the Ohio Soybean Council Summer Intern this year. She was raised on a family farm in Attica in Seneca County where her family raises soybeans, corn and wheat. She studies Agricultural Communications at The Ohio State University and was a recipient of an Ohio Soybean Council Foundation scholarship this year. After graduation, Heiser would like to work for an agricultural organization or cooperative communicating and educating to both farmers and… Read More