Commodity Classic Gary Robbins

(Jim) Welcome back to That’s My Farm. I’m Jim Shroyer and with us in this section, we have Gary Robbins, who’s representing the Kansas Soybean Association and Gary and his son Tanner who was in my class a few years ago. But any rate, up in Pott, Jackson County. And I know you grow beans and corn and alfalfa, so tell me some positive things going on right now. I’m thinking some of the negative things like prices coming down a little bit, but we don’t want to go there right now. So, what are some of the positive things that you see going on in Kansas for soybean producers? (Gary) Probably right now like the genetics and stuff are getting better and better all the time. And then they’re coming out with the dicamba tolerant beans. (Jim) Right. (Gary)… which I think we’re on the verge of having those where we will be able to us them this year. And we’re really getting to the point where we need those because I’ve got problems with weed resistance on my farm, like with the water hemp. I’ve got water hemp coming up.. (Jim) Resistant water hemp? (Gary) Yea and I’m starting to get some giant ragweed and they’re even seeing it up north of us getting some giant ragweed around. But you haven’t heard much about that. All of sudden we’re seeing it. (Jim) Right, right. Gary, you mentioned genetics just now. Tell me…expand on that a little bit I’m thinking in my head when I first got here 35 years ago, 40 bushels was a darn good crop and you were telling me earlier what yields you were getting last year. (Gary) Yea, last year we were 50, 60 bushel yields pretty easily across the board. But I’ve, in the last couple three years in some of my better ground, I have seen my yield monitor bump a hundred bushel to the acre. And of course with our yield contest with the Soybean Association… (Jim) Right. (Gary) …this year we had one producer at Clay Center, get 99.8. So, we’re almost hitting that hundred bushel yield around here. And you think it’s gonna be not too much more time and we might see more and more of that 80 bushel yields at least. (Jim) So, that’s a positive. So, with the prices that we’ve had in the recent past, and the high yield this has kind of been maybe a boom for young producers. I’m thinking of Tanner coming back to the farm. (Gary) That’s what I was talking about earlier to you. That it’s kind of nice to see this boom with this farm deal going on that some of these young kids are starting to come in, before it looked like it was so dismal nobody wanted to stick around on the farms, everybody’s wanting to go to the cities. Now, you’re seeing more and more of these kids coming back to the farms. It’s bringing up more competition, but it’s probably a good thing too. (Jim) So, what about trade potential with Cuba? (Gary) Yea, I think the trade potential with Cuba I think is gonna help quite a little bit. I mean it’s not a huge market, but every market we can pick up is gonna help. Anything we can get. (Jim) OK, OK. So, we’ve talked a couple of things on the positive side, there’s some negative things out there as well. So, what do you see wrong there basically? (Gary) Probably what’s gonna hurt the soybean farmer more than anything right now is if this grain price keeps going down and down. And some of it has to do with right now they’ve got that worker’s strike. (Jim) Longshoreman. (Gary) The longshoreman’s strike up in the ports up in Oregon and up in there, which is slowing down, especially the meat export. And the meat people are one of our biggest customers for soybeans. (Jim) Right. (Gary) And of course, a lot of soybeans go to the Pacific northwest too, so that’s kind of putting the hurt on us a little bit right now. So, hopefully they’ll get that resolved before too much longer. (Jim) So, tell me why a grower, a soybean grower in Kansas should belong to the Kansas Soybean Grower’s Association? What’s the positive thing there? (Gary) I think the positive thing, to belong…everybody should belong to any organization that you… anything you raise you should belong to that organization because they’re all out there fighting for your right and trying to protect you from like all these animal activists and the GMO activists. And also we’re trying to get farm bills passed. It’s supposed to be… (Jim) Involved… heavily in the Farm Bill. (Gary) Yea, yea. We’re involved heavily in trying to get farm bills passed, like the biodiesel extender, you know the extender bill and we’ve fought for Section 179 up in Washington trying to get that passed, which we have so far. But we want to get it more where they get more years instead of doing it as a year by year deal. (Jim) OK. (Gary) I’m pretty advocate… think that everybody should be involved because it’s a good deal. (Jim) Gary, I really appreciate you taking time out from the Commodity Classic here and talking with us and sharing your thoughts. So, folks stay with us we’ll be right back after these words from our sponsors.

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