Local soybean growers take part in S.D. Soybean See for Yourself Tour in Mexico
Monday, May 14, 2018
SIOUX FALLS — Two area soybean growers, Larry Nielson of Tulare and David Struck of Wolsey, took part in a See for Yourself Tour to Mexico in February hosted by the South Dakota Soybean Research & Promotion Council (SDSRPC).
Some funding was also provided by checkoff dollars.
The tour provided South Dakota soybean growers with the opportunity to see where a portion of the nearly 255 million bushels of soybeans they harvest each year end up when they leave South Dakota’s fields. Close to 70 percent of soybeans harvested in South Dakota are exported.
“Before this tour, I didn’t realize the potential market for soybeans and corn through the Gulf or rail to Central and Southern Mexico — or that it is possible for South Dakota soybeans to reach these markets,” said Nielson. “This tour also gave me a better understanding of the goals of the checkoff to expand export markets and continue to add value to the soybeans we raise.”
Struck added, “This tour taught me that we as soybean growers need to pressure the grain companies to maintain quality in our commodity.