Over the past few decades, focus on soybean quantity has come at the expense of soybean quality. Declining soybean meal value means poultry and pork growers pay more to get the nutrients they need, and that cost is passed down to consumers. In response, market share of synthetic amino acids, DDGS, and South American farmers have become strong competitors against the American farmer. Though high yields are important, preserving the quality of soybeans and helping growers choose seeds with the best nutritional value can help the U.S. regain its seat as the leader in high-quality soybean and animal feed production.
Scientists and industry experts at Blue Spring Ecosystems and FieldRise Analytics have demonstrated that it’s possible to grow high-protein soybeans without sacrificing yield. Despite the end of funding in 2021 for this USDA-reviewed and Soybean Checkoff sponsored study, new sustainability data is being uncovered by our team with the aim of helping farmers get fair pay for better pork and poultry feed. The use of natural feed cuts greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and nitrate pollution in our waterways, while providing health benefits and nutrition to livestock that’s not available in factory-made feed.
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