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About Iowa Soybean Association: The ISA (www.iasoybeans.com) develops policies and programs that help farmers expand profit opportunities while promoting environmentally sensitive production using the soybean checkoff and other resources. The association is ma... more.
American Soybean Association
Board Member and ASA and DuPont Young Leader
Member of the Network Advisory Council
ISA On-Farm Network®
On-Farm Nitrogen Network
Denny Friest Garden City, Iowa Participant, Iowa Soybean Association On-Farm Network
cant challenge, according to Friest. "We cut N use, Friest has decreased N applica- tion by 25 to 30 percent, or 50 lbs/acre, Friest fully expects nutrient manage- ment to remain high on his list of factors "There are certain requirements participants must meet, but we can test anything we'd like as long as there are three replicated strips across the ;eld," Friest explains. "Through the years, I've looked at hog manure, fungicides, soil insecticides, tillage, different plant populations and various fertilizers. With all the new traits available in seed, we are always looking at new hybrids to see what will work best." MOISTURE COMPLICATES NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT Nutrient management is one of Friest's greatest challenges. "We've been working very hard on nutrient management over the last six or seven years, and something is always changing. It is frustrating," he says. For example, Friest has seen a signi;cant drop in his normally high P soil test levels, which he attributes to nutrient draw-down from 200 bu/acre corn yields. He also has found the use of phytase in swine feeds has lowered P available from manure, which is a source of N, P and K for a portion of his acres. He explains, "We know hog manure Friest adds, "To meet P needs and the While most farmers are anxiously awaiting long-promised drought-tolerant corn hybrids, Denny Friest would welcome moisture- tolerant hybrids on his north-central Iowa "It's hard to complain about too much moisture, but Mother Nature almost always gives us more than what we'd like to have," relates Friest. Friest also has learned getting the crop off
Iowa Soybean Association Board Of Directors
Dennis Friest of Radcliffe
TUESDAY , NOVEMBER 21--CHARLIE HURBURGH AND DENNY FRIESTDenny Friest is a farmer in Radcliffe in Hardin County ; he is a board member and past president of the Iowa Soybean Association.I talked with him on 11/20 :.Q : Do you think that this ( StarLink ) related issue could have been avoided.FRIEST : Well , we dealt with it at the American Soybean Association three years ago when Liberty Link Beans were trying to be introduced into the market.And we as an association got involved very directly with AgrEvo at that time , making sure that everything was approved before we put them out in the fields.And they backed off on planting these soybeans for the farmers at that time.And looking back hindsight at that , we probably eliminated the same problem with our soybean crop that we're faced with corn today , and I think it's very positive that we be involved in this type of thing , as these new biotech products come_out , to make sure they are approved.Q : Well , are the agribusinesses willing to talk to the associations who want some say , some consulting say , in whether these products should be released.FRIEST : Oh , definitely ; their doors are open to talk to the ASA , very much so.They know that the whole industry has got to be involved , and they're accepting us as commodity groups as partners into what we need to be doing.Monday , November 20--The news of the day continues to be European panic over mad cow disease , with the entire EU considering a ban on the use of animal parts in livestock feed.One thing to keep in mind--soymeal , while a fine source of protein , can't hold a candle to meat and bone meal ; analysts say France will need 500 , 000 tonnes of soymeal to make_up for the 300 , 000 tonnes of animal products that have been outlawed for use as a feedstuff.An EU wide ban would generate demand for between 2.15 and 3 million tonnes of meal.So , the fundamental situation that has_been deteriorating for two months for soybeans has turned around dramatically.