Photos by Dave Blower, Indiana Soybean Alliance
SOY HERBICIDE: When you hear “soybean herbicide,” you think of a product to spray on soybean fields. HerbiSoy is a herbicide developed by Purdue students that contains soybean products. It’s a general weed killer that kills both broadleaves and grasses, but is less toxic than existing products.
WINNING TEAM: Alyson Chaney and Peyton Clark developed the 2020 winning product, HerbiSoy. The same team of young inventors finished second in the Student Soybean Innovation Competition in 2019.
DOG-GONE GOOD! These soybean-based chewing bones for dogs earned second place in the annual Indiana Soybean Alliance competition. Made from compressed soybeans and rice, the bones reportedly last longer than comparable products, and also can clean a dog’s teeth.
MORE THAN DOG BONES: Purdue sophomores Minghui Deng and Zhiyao Song, both from China, took home $10,000 for developing a fully digestible chewing bone for dogs in the Student Soybean Innovation Competition. That much “green” would buy a lot of dog biscuits!
SHOE READY: You may have walked on inserts in your shoes before, but odds are you weren’t walking on soybeans. The third-place winner in the 26th annual Student Soybean Innovation Competition is SoyFlex, shoe inserts that are antibacterial, machine-washable and less expensive to produce than current shoe inserts.
WALKING ON SOYBEANS: Maybe it’s not as cushy as walking on air, but these students probably were floating on cloud nine when they walked away with the $5,000 third-place prize to split among themselves. The winning team includes Hannah Bentley, Melanie Kaplan and Nolan Miller.
POPULAR WITH THE PEOPLE: Viewers of the Facebook Live event where products were displayed voted for 60 Soylution to win the People’s Choice award in 2020. It’s actually available in two forms. The first is a soluble support filament for 3D printing. The second is a pellet that can be used in injection molding. The idea is that these would become replacements for disposable plastic products.
PEOPLE’S CHOICE WINNERS: This team of four who developed 60 Soylution hails from Bangkok, Thailand. They are Tunn Prasoport (left), Ratchaphak Tantisanghirun, Isara Tangpoolcharoen and Thiti Suttiyut.