Soybeans leave the farm as a little beige bean, but many are finding their way back to the farm in the form of soy-based products developed through checkoff-funded research efforts.

One recent example is Ag-Tite, developed by Edge Inc. in conjunction with Biobased Systems. The new soy-based sealant is designed to fill cracks and openings to safely insulate hog pens, poultry houses and livestock barns.

When applied, the black, 3-lb./cu. ft.-density spray-applied polyurethane sealant gives rise to 1-2 in. of quick-curing, insulating foam. The energy-efficient insulation in turn helps reduce on-farm costs of heating these buildings. Similar soy-based foam products are being used in the construction industry.

Also for buildings, Green Products, LLC manufactures Environmental Liquid Membrane System (ELMS) Agriseal 1, a soy-based waterproofing sealant for roofing applications. The sealant provides benefits, including low volatile organic compound levels and ultraviolet resistance. It's 100% stain, mildew and mold-resistant and is environmentally friendly.

FOR TRACTORS, TOO

Another instance where soy returns to its farm roots is in the form of soy resins used to create tractor hoods and panels. Through partnership with the checkoff, Ashland Chemical has introduced five new lines of soy resins under the Envirez name. They're being incorporated into applications for new models of both John Deere and Case New Holland.

Biodiesel is also fueling farm vehicles — including Kubota tractors. This fall Kubota Tractor Corporation approved the use of B5 biodiesel fuels in specified Kubota diesel-powered products.

“Kubota is committed to environmentally sound practices and the support of renewable, ag-based products used in fuels — as we continually work at increasing energy efficiencies within our industry,” says Tetsuji “Mike” Tomita, President, Kubota Tractor Corporation.

In addition, the checkoff has funded research projects for the development of biobased lubricants to be used in ag, industrial and construction equipment. One example is the development of a biohydrostatic fluid which is a low-viscosity, universal tractor fluid that offers improved cold temperature performance and is compounded with detergent, dispersant, anti-wear, anti-rust and anti-foam inhibitors.

DETERRING DUST

Dust suppressants created with soy-based products are being used in ag and outdoor applications, too. They're popular because they are safe, price-competitive and use minimal water.

Dustkill, Inc. has developed three formulas for three different types of terrain. Examples include Roadkill made from 100% soy oil as a dust suppressant for golf courses and rail yards; and Dustknocker, which is typically used on industrial haul roads and long stretches of country roads. Arenapro is another novel formulation by Dustkill used primarily in indoor livestock arenas.

THANK YOU, ANIMAL AG

Livestock and poultry are America's number one soybean meal customer. In recognition and support of the economic importance of animal agriculture, last fall the soybean checkoff launched a new Web site, www.animalag.org.

The site focuses on quantifying the importance of livestock and poultry to the soybean industry and provides state-specific data about the economic impact of animal ag. Information about animal welfare, environmental regulations, partnerships with other ag groups and animal ag facts are also provided.