A new online tool from the Illinois Soybean Association aims to help educate farmers on the importance of soybean composition, specifically protein and oil.
The QualiMap Tookit compiles data from the 2012 crop year to show how protein and oil content compare across the USDA’s nine crop reporting districts. Growers can see how their soybean crop stacks up to the industry target of 35% protein and 19% oil. The online toolkit was funded by the Illinois soybean checkoff.
The toolkit also includes a chart that compares each district’s averages, breaking down values for both soybean meal and oil to provide the Estimated Processed Value. EPV represents the total value of the end products in one bushel of soybeans.
By clicking through the districts, one can easily notice all nine districts have EPVs that fall short of the industry standard. Some districts are seeing more than 30 cents per bushel less than the industry average.
"ISA is excited to offer this informative tool to growers and industry partners as it will help identify areas of compositional excellence in Illinois soybeans and those that need improvement,” says Rowen Ziegler, soybean farmer from LaHarpe and ISA production committee chair. “Increasing composition quality is vital to our continued success as a leading soybean producer.”
For Illinois to remain competitive in the global marketplace, high composition soybeans must contain the optimal industry-demanded component levels – 19% oil and 35% protein. South American soybeans have consistently higher protein and oil levels than U.S. soybeans, Ziegler notes.
"If we don’t deliver, buyers will go elsewhere for the soybeans they need or they will consider purchasing competing products for human food and animal feed applications, including canola oil, dried distillers grains and synthetic amino acids,” he adds.
To learn more about soybean compositional value and to gain access to the ISA QualiMap Toolkit, visit here. The complete report, including methods and testing, for the state of Illinois, also can be accessed from the website.
Source: Illinois Soybean Association