The annual soy checkoff survey, which measures the protein and oil content of the crop, depends on participation from U.S. soybean farmers to ensure complete results.
Aggregated results from the annual survey are used to publicize U.S. soy, and are shared with prospective buyers in Asia and other markets in late November to showcase its quality.
The survey is based on samples submitted by participating U.S. soybean farmers, and many farmers recently received sample kits in the mail. Getting as many samples back as possible is essential to achieving as accurate a view of the soybean crop as possible.
"There's still time for soybean farmers to participate," says survey coordinator Seth Naeve, Ph.D., of the University of Minnesota. "We need farmers' samples to ensure we have a comprehensive look at the quality of this year's crop."
U.S. soybean farmers who received sample kits in the mail can submit their samples using the enclosed postage-paid mailing envelope. Samples should be submitted by Oct. 20 to ensure inclusion in the initial results. Farmers will also receive the results of their own individual samples after the analysis is completed, even if samples are received after the deadline. All individual results are confidential and will be mailed to participating farmers in early December.
Farmers who would like to participate but did not receive a sample kit can call Seth Naeve at 612-625-4298 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a kit.
For more information on the United Soybean Board, visit www.unitedsoybean.org