Ryan Stewart

(Greg Akagi) This is the Kansas Soybean Update. It’s brought to you by the Kansas Soybean Commission. The Soybean Checkoff, Progress Powered by Kansas Farmers. Ryan Stewart who will be a Junior at Washington County High School and is also the Kansas FFA Oil Seed Production Proficiency Award Winner, joins us. Ryan, first off, congratulations and let’s talk about how you won this award from the Kansas FFA. (Ryan) Well, basically take it and about a 12-15 page application and you fill it out with pictures and anything that you do in the proficiency area. Mine was fiber oil crop production and that mainly deals with soybean production and how you basically take care of it and what all things you have to do, if you have to put in any chemicals or whether you applicate them on. (Greg) And this is all a part of what you do on your family’s farm, Stewart Family Farms. (Ryan) Yea, my Dad, he’s a Dupont Pioneer dealer. He’s been a dealer for 25 years and that’s mainly what I do. And we sell beans through that. But Stewart Family Farms, also we plant our own, probably about 600 acres of beans a year. (Greg) And I’m sure you start like any other kid on a family farm, doing various things, but you’ve gradually ramped up to where it looks like you’re pretty involved in the operation. (Ryan) Yea, it started out as I just got to ride around and be in the combine when they harvest and riding the drill when we plant them. But it’s gotten to be now I get to run some of the bigger equipment and run some of the operation. Now that my Grandpa is getting to be of the age where he can’t do that anymore, so I had to step up and do the big jobs. (Greg) And being able to do that, that’s also creating soybean plots, looking at customers, cause I know probably setting up meetings and other things like that. (Ryan) Every year we do some kind of plot, whether it’s corn or milo, but we usually do bean plots. We invite all our customers and friends and anybody in the county that wants to come see it. And we usually get a pretty good turn out of people, coming to just see how the crops grow. (Greg) Now you joined the Washington County FFA chapter, but how important was that to be able to join FFA and look at the opportunities that you might have. (Ryan) There are a lot of opportunities. Because like last year, I won the specialty crop proficiency and this year, I’ve won the fiber oil crop. And I met the coolest people down there at state convention, just whether it was my sponsors or just anybody who’s involved with it. And I think that’s pretty fun and then the ag advisors how they help us do the applications, they always help us with it and it’s pretty fun. (Greg) You’re gonna be a Junior at Washington County High School, but after that what are your future plans? (Ryan) I plan to go to K-State. I don’t know what I’ll major in. I plan to do something in agriculture, but I really don’t have an idea yet. (Greg) That is Ryan Steward who is a Junior to be at Washington County High School and is also the Kansas FFA Oil Seed Production Proficiency Award Winner. He joins us on the Kansas Soybean Update. It’s brought to you by the Kansas Soybean Commission. The Soybean Checkoff, Progress Powered by Kansas Farmers. Learn more at kansassoybeans.org. For Kansas Soybeans, I’m Greg Akagi.

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