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Checkoff survey shows soybean production up; oil, protein levels maintained

Agriculture.com Staff 12/27/2006 @ 8:10am

A soybean crop quality survey conducted by the United Soybean Board shows an increase in overall acreage and production with positive oil and protein levels.

The annual survey is funded by the soybean checkoff. Oil and protein testing was conducted at the University of Minnesota.

Estimates from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show that a record 74.5 million acres of soybeans were planted in 2006, a 4.6% increase over 2005. The USDA also estimates yields to be nearly equal to the 2005 crop despite drought conditions that limited yields in western and mid-south states. Therefore, a record breaking crop is expected.

Estimates indicate the 2006 crop at over 3 billion bushels, an increase of more than four percent over 2005. Results indicate that in 2006 U.S. soybeans contained an average oil level of 19.2% and an average protein level of 34.5%. While this is slightly lower than last year's averages, these levels indicate that soybean quality is maintaining its high quality.

This was determined in early November when 1,593 soybean samples were received from farmers in each soybean-producing state and analyzed for oil and protein concentration using near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy.

A soybean crop quality survey conducted by the United Soybean Board shows an increase in overall acreage and production with positive oil and protein levels.

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