Ag Report: Dec. 16, 2011

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By The Staff

Southern States holding its

local annual meeting today

Southern States Cooperative will review its operations at its local annual meeting today at the facility on 623 South 7th St. in Shelbyville. Events will begin at 11 a.m., with membership day activities and follow with the business meeting at 1 p.m.

Management will report on local and company-wide operations, as well as projected budget results for next year. Local elections will be held.

Board nominees include Shane Courtney, Leonard Kemper, Fred Rothenberger and Harold Tingle.

Rothenburger and Ray Tucker are nominees for District “J” Election Delegate.

“The annual meeting is the best single opportunity to outline our plans for the future to our membership and discuss our progress in meeting our financial goals,” said Ben Parker, manager of the Shelbyville branch.

“Fiscal year 2011 was a positive year for Southern States,” President and CEO Thomas R. Scribner said in a news release. “Diversity in product lines and a strong strategic plan allowed the company to grow, even in this challenging economy.  We also need to credit our employee base for serving our farmer members.”

He said sales at the end of the fiscal year in June were just more $2 billion.


Soybean board produces pest, disease info

The United Soybean Board, Tennessee Soybean Promotion Board and University of Tennessee Extension developed an Internet-based Soybean Scout School to help Tennessee farmers increase soybean yields by providing a convenient way to learn more about identifying and managing some major U.S. soybean pests and plant diseases.

“These Scout School demonstrations now available on the Internet offer us just about everything we might gain by attending a field day – with the exception of the free lunch,” says John Butler, USB director and a soybean farmer from Dyersburg, Tenn. “These short, easy-to-watch lessons by UT Extension experts can be easily accessed from computers on our farms or the smartphones more of us now carry that provide access to the Internet.”

The state and national soybean checkoff organizations partnered with UT Extension to produce four short video lessons on such important U.S. soybean topics as knowing the proper growth stage of soybeans, when and how to detect harmful pests and tips on how to manage weeds resistant to crop-protection products. The latest U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) crop production report shows U.S. soybean farmers harvested an average 41.3 bushels/acre, while Tennessee soybean yields this year will average only 34 bushels/acre.

Farmers can find the Scout School lessons at www.tnsoybeans.org or www.UTcrops.com.


New soybean group chair

United Soybean Board farmer-directors elected Vanessa Kummer as chairperson during the checkoff’s annual meeting. Kummer of Colfax, N.D., will have a busy agenda leading the soybean checkoff’s implementation of a new strategic plan. Kummer looks at addressing recommendations from a farmer-driven assessment of USB and help lead the U.S. soybean industry. She will continue to shepherd the checkoff as it looks to increase soybean farmers’ profitability in an ever-evolving industry. 

“It is our vision to make U.S. soybeans the leader in the global oilseed industry,” says Kummer. “We plan to create and maintain partnerships to keep U.S. soybean farmers profitable.” 

Kummer is the first woman elected to chair the national soybean checkoff.


Bulletin board

§       The San-N-Tone horse show series for 2011-12 will continue with a show at 9 a.m. Jan. 8. There also will be shows on Feb. 5 and March 4. All are at the Shelby County Fairgrounds (indoor arena). Classes entered by Thursday before the show (no phone entries please) will be $10 per class. It’s $12 the day of the show; stalls are $20; and grounds fee $5. For more information, contact Sandy Stewart 502-241-1262 (voicemail) or 502-722-9330, E-mail SANNTONESHOW@yahoo.com or visit www.san-n-tone.com.

§       An introduction to beekeeping program will be at 6-7:30 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Shelby County Library. The class will be presented by Becky Collier, a blue-ribbon winner at the 2011 state fair. Registration is required for seating purposes.

§       Professional Bull Riders will bring their Louisville Invitational to the Kentucky Exposition Center at 8 p.m. Feb. 24-25. Tickets are available for $42, $32, $22 and $16 for adults/reserved and $11 for youth (12 and under) reserved. Prices include facility fees. All ticket prices increase by $2 on the day of show. Tickets may be purchased at the KFC Yum Center, the Kentucky Exposition Center, the Kentucky International Convention Center ticket offices and Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com. Group discounts are available by calling 502-595-3555 or 877-306-1919.


The Kentucky Ag Report is compiled weekly from news releases distributed by Keeton Communications, the Kentucky Press Association News Content Service and other sources