Sampling is a critical component of producing a crop high in nutrients. The University of Minnesota, aided by checkoff funds through its partnership with the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council (MSR&PC), is sending out soybean sample kits to farmers in the state, and encouraging them to return the sample by Oct. 23.
Minnesota farmers consistently produce quality soybeans that are high in essential amino acids, the best measure of the true nutritional value of animal feed. Soybeans are Minnesota’s No. 1 agricultural export, more than a $3 billion industry in the state.
“This free analysis looks at moisture, amino acids, fatty acids and sugars,” said David Kee, MSR&PC director of research. “This enables farmers to start thinking about marketing their soybeans based on specific traits the end user needs.”
Essential amino acids help monogastric animals, such as chickens, swine and aquaculture, build muscle mass and produce more meat and eggs. In the past, soy products have typically been valued based on their crude protein content, which puts northern-grown soybeans at a disadvantage. However, research has shown that the amino acid profile is a better indicator of soybean value.
“It’s important to look beyond crude protein when it comes to soybeans,” said Kee. “Essential amino acids are a critical component when we’re talking about the quality of soybeans.”
The University of Minnesota has one of the nation’s top soybean research and breeding programs. Scientists, technology educators and farmers work together to continually improve soybean yields and quality for international customers.