In an effort to assist Minnesota farmers in gaining a better understanding of the specific qualities of their soybeans, Art Killam, research and plot coordinator for soybean breeding and genetics at the University of Minnesota, is offering growers free soybean samples throughout the growing season.
“If any farmers wants to send in a soybean sample to have it analyzed for protein oil, amino acids, fatty acids or sugar, they can send it to me and we’ll do it at no charge,” Killam says.
Growers can label each sample with their name, address, phone number, email, and variety (if available). Results will be returned within 30 days via email. Interested growers can send 200-gram samples to:
C/O Art Killam University of Minnesota
1902 Dudley Avenue South 118 Crop Research
St. Paul, MN 55105
“With the way the ag economy is right now, I thought if there’s something we can offer, that’d be a good thing,” Killam says. “It’s a great opportunity for us to take a sample of their bin when they’re harvesting to find out its constituent value.”
For more information about the free soybean quality analysis, contact Killam at 612-624-2205, or email Killa001@umn.edu