A recent article in a Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers (MPSG) publication is outlining the need for protein improvement in soybeans.
MPSG Production Specialist Cassandra Tkachuk wrote the article.
"We're facing two broad issues related to soybean protein...Number one, there's a declining protein gradient toward north central and north western North America and secondly, North America has experienced a decline in protein levels over time. We're seeing lower protein in our Manitoba grown soybeans. There have been discounts in the past and it's definitely raised the alarm among farmers. We've also identified a need to improve our protein levels."
She notes soybean protein is an important seed quality component and export determinant, stemming from its nutritional value for both humans and livestock.
Tkachuk adds environment, genetics and management will all play a role in increasing protein levels.
Other regions dealing with low protein, including North Dakota, Minnesota and South Dakota, have also been working to redefine soybean meal quality.