The Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council asks that state soybean growers participate in a survey to help the organization’s farmer-leaders and university researchers better address the diverse production challenges facing growers across Minnesota.
“As we look ahead to spring, we want to hear directly from farmers on the issues they’re facing on their operations,” says David Kee, Minnesota Soybean director of research. “The more we hear from our state’s growers, the more we can better focus our checkoff research on the issues that matter most to farmers.”
There are nearly 28,000 soybean growers in the state.
The Grower-Input Survey takes about 10 minutes and asks questions to gauge growers’ top production concerns and priorities. All answers are kept confidential. Every farmer who completes the entire survey will be eligible to win a $500 gift card. For every completed survey, the council will donate $10 in fresh meat to Second Harvest Heartland, a Minnesota food bank.
The deadline to complete the survey is Feb. 5.
“As a Minnesota farmer and council director, I’ll be taking this survey because I know how much researchers rely on farmers to collect their data,” says Kittson County farmer Kris Folland. “My participation will also be going toward feeding those in need, and the chance to win $500 is a nice incentive, too.”
Each year, the council invests soybean checkoff resources into research projects. In 2020, the council sponsored 14 agronomic research projects delving into pest and weed management, soil health and breeding and genetics. Farmer-directors will meet later in January to evaluate the ongoing 2021 research approval process.
Find the survey online at mnsoybean.org/msrpc.