Representatives from the American Soybean Association (ASA), American Soybean Association International Marketing (ASA-IM), United Soybean Board (USB), U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC), and the University of Minnesota met recently with soy customers in China and South Korea to present the findings of the 2010 U.S. Soybean Crop Quality report.

“International soy buyers enthusiastically anticipate these results from the collected soybean samples,” said ASA First Vice-President Alan Kemper, a soybean producer from Lafayette, Ind. “The levels of protein and oil in soybeans determine how much soybean meal can be made and how much soybean oil can be extracted from a bushel of soybeans, so protein and oil has a direct impact on the value of soybeans when they are processed.”

About 10,000 U.S. farmers received soybean quality survey kits by mail earlier in the year. Each soybean sample kit allows farmers to take up to a 1-pound sample from a single soybean variety on their farm. The kit also contains instructions and a postage-paid return envelope. In exchange for a sample, each farmer receives back a free analysis of the protein and oil content of the new crop soybeans they submit. Samples received by Oct. 23, served as the basis for the 2010 U.S. Soybean Crop Quality report.

USSEC, in collaboration with ASA and USB, sponsored the 26th annual soybean crop quality survey this year. The annual crop quality survey measures the compositional attributes, most notably protein and oil, which international soy buyers seek from soybeans. Professor Seth Neave at the University of Minnesota conducted the analysis this year, which also measured levels of amino acids and fatty acids.