Dan Engemann, of the Missouri Soybean Association, gave some important crop information to members of the Audrain County Farm Bureau during the group’s annual meeting held last Thursday evening.
As of the August 22 Ag. Stats Report, numbers show 91% soybeans blooming, 71% setting pods with 56% rated as “good.” He said a record high crop is being projected with a forecasted harvest of 5.5 million acres and a record yield of 48 bu/ac for the state of Missouri.
In the U.S., there is a forecasted 83 million acres harvested producing 4.1 billion bushels, which is an increase of 3%.
As for corn, projections show 3.5 million acres harvested in Missouri at 166 bu/acre, the second highest yield on record behind that of 2014.
In the U.S., projections for harvest of 15.2 billion bushels are from 94.1 million acres.
He also showed a map showing 2005-2014 average soybean production. It was noted that the large production areas are in the far northwest, central area of Audrain, and far northeast parts of the state.
It was noted that with an 80% meal and 20% oil mix on soybeans, 97% of the meal is used for livestock feed with 3% used in the food industry.
There were other statistics given on soy oil in food preparation and in home heating oil as well as items like paints, plastics, and cleaners.
The U.S. exported 1.7 billion bushes or 43% of the total production with China being the biggest customer of whole soybeans. Mexico buys the most of the U.S. meal and soybean oil.
As for Missouri’s biodiesel industry, Engemann reported that the state ranks second nationally in its production with eight plants producing nearly 200 million gallons in 2015.
The University of Missouri Extension study has shown the industry supports 2,600 jobs that have added $1.2 billion to Missouri’s GDP since 2007. The state has received a net benefit of $1.1 billion during the same time period. Tours were taken at nearby facilities in July.
Engemann also said a patent was issued to MU and USDA in May 2016 to produce non-transgenic high oleic soybeans. High oleic is being considered as the answer to the FDA’s ban on transfats and is comparable to olive oil with high heat stability and neutral taste.
Engemann then shared a photo from his trip to the Panama Canal and talked about the Soy Transportation Coalition. The coalition promotes efficiencies like “bridge bundling” and use of technology to evaluate bridge condition. Other information involves increased truck weights with the addition of a sixth axle.
In regards to being an “Agri-Ready County,” it was noted that Audrain County was the first to receive the designation. Now 11 counties also hold the designation.
For Audrain County, there are 980 jobs. There was $11.7 billion in value added to Missouri in 2014 supporting 154,268 jobs.
Engemann also talked about the Bay Farm Research Facility, a 300 acre farm located east of Columbia. It is the home to MSMC’s northern breeding program.
He finished by saying there is a yield contest with a September 1 deadline to enter at mosoy.org.
Engemann opened the meeting by giving an overview of the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council, which was established in 1980 to allocate funds for projects that aid and enhance Missouri’s Soybean industry.
He said the MSMC receives its funds from the soybean checkoff at a rate 1/2 of 1% or .50 cents on every $100.
It is a 13-member volunteer farmer board, which manages one half of the checkoff collected. The other half is sent to the 70-member United Soybean Board that oversees national checkoff investments. By law, no checkoff dollars can be used for lobbying. The largest portion of the Missouri checkoff dollars go directly to research projects.
One recent research project was the one for subsurface irrigation at the MU Greenely Research Center in Columbia, Mo.
The event began with Patty Fennewald giving the invocation.
President Darren Reynolds called the meeting to order before Secretary/Treasurer Joann Roth led the group in a vote to approve the reading of the minutes and the treasurer’s report.
President Reynolds introduced the guest speaker and also noted the many dignitaries present for the meeting.
District 3 State Board Member Harry Thompson noted that the statewide Straw Poll for the Missouri State Farm Bureau showed support for Sen. Roy Blunt, Chris Koster (for Governor), Josh Hawley (for Lt. Governor), along with support for Rep. Vicky Hartzler and Sen. Sam Graves.
Thompson also talked about the “Parks, Soils, and Water Sales Tax” that is up for 10-year renewal on September 8.
He talked about where the tax dollars go towards. He also noted that soil erosion is down 50% over the last 30 years.
As for the election of officers, it was noted that Clarissa Cauthorn was nominated in District 3 to replace Reynolds, who is stepping down. He was recognized later in the meeting for his service to the district.
District 11 nomination was Fennewald with Barb Wilson nominated for District 5. Richard Dubbert was nominated as Member-At-Large. A dinner was also served.
The Farm Bureau’s Patty Fennewald presented both Kayla Hildebrand and Sue Nixon with $250 grants from the Audrain County Farm Bureau.
Rep. Jay Houghton was the recipient of the 2016 Farm Bureau Friend of Agriculture Award.
“This award is in recognition of Representative Houghton’s voting record on issues of importance to agriculture, his working relationship with farmers in the Audrain Farm Bureau, and his willingness to take a leadership role in representing Missouri agriculture,” stated Darren Reynolds, president of Audrain Farm Bureau, in a press release.
The Farm Bureau Friend of Agriculture program was initiated in 1996 and is designed to give appropriate recognition to legislators serving in the Missouri House of Representatives who are especially supportive of agriculture. The Missouri Farm Bureau is the state’s largest general farm organization and is active at local, state and national levels in representing farmers and rural Missourians in issues of importance to agriculture.