Tool Helps Growers Improve Soybean Quality
Informed seed selection is the key to meeting customers' demands. Find out how the Soybean Quality Toolbox is helping growers find varieties with the right balance of protein and oil.
August 11, 2010
U.S. soybean farmers get paid for the number of bushels they deliver, but the price paid for each bushel is ultimately based on the protein and oil content of those soybeans. Growing soybean varieties that result in soybeans with the right balance of oil and protein content results in greater demand and higher prices received by all U.S. soybean farmers.
The United Soybean Board (USB) and soybean checkoff strongly encourage all U.S. soybean farmers to actively seek out U.S. soybean varieties in the future that produce the oil and protein levels demanded by the U.S. soy industry’s various customers.
To help farmers find these varieties that also are proven yield leaders, the checkoff developed what is known as the Soybean Quality Toolbox, a free, easy-to-use, interactive Internet-based tool available here.
The toolbox provides access to yield and quality performance records for hundreds of U.S. soybean varieties from land-grant university test plots and Farmer’s Independent Research of Seed Technologies test plots throughout 14 different states. These test plots include current and new U.S. soybean varieties from various seed companies.
(Source: United Soybean Board)