March 17, 2022

Following last season’s harvest, it’s no surprise that Ohio and the United States had record-breaking soybean yields. In the 2021 crop production summary from the United States Department of Agriculture, Ohio soybean production reached 275.72 million bushels with an average yield of about 56.6 bushels per acre. Nationally, soybean production totaled 4.44 billion bushels and an average yield of an estimated 52.4 bushels per acre. A record year across the board! Of course, with every… Read More

March 14, 2022

Concrete has been an essential in construction since 300 BC, when the ancient Romans used it to build their architectural marvels. For just as long, concrete shrinkage, which causes the cracks you see in cement structures, has presented a challenge. Only in the last couple of decades have concrete suppliers turned to shrinkage-reducing additives (SRA) to minimize shrinking and the associated damage. With a relatively new player entering the massive global concrete market (over $700… Read More

March 4, 2022

The Ohio Soybean Council Foundation (OSCF) is pleased to announce the scholarship recipients for the 2022-2023 academic year. In its 15th year of programming, the OSCF is awarding 13 scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students in Ohio. The OSCF Scholarship Program was created to encourage undergraduate students to pursue degrees in one of the many academic fields that support the future of the soybean industry, as well as to support ongoing graduate-level research. Since 2008,… Read More

March 4, 2022

Acting as the membership and policy voice for Ohio soybean farmers, the Ohio Soybean Association (OSA) decided to create a scholarship program to support students interested in advocating for the future of soybeans. OSA’s inaugural $1,000 scholarship was awarded to Lauren Mellott of Butler, Ohio for the 2022-2023 academic year. Lauren is a sophomore at The Ohio State University studying agriscience education. In addition to being a Student and Young Adult member of OSA, Lauren… Read More

March 3, 2022

Airable is cooking up carbonated soy-based products. Carbonates are used to produce polyurethane, which (as you’ve read before in this space) has a slew of applications (foams, fibers, coatings, etc.). However, traditional carbonates rely on starting materials (isocyanate reactants, to be precise) that are extremely reactive, powerful irritants that can cause marked inflammation. Workers in industrial settings have experienced health issues ranging from cold-like symptoms to severe asthma (and reportedly even asthma-related deaths). In addition… Read More