LG Seeds and Checkoff Team Up to Promote HY+Q Soybean Varieties

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LG Seeds and Checkoff Team Up to Promote HY+Q Soybean Varieties

BLOOMINGTON, ILL. August 6, 2019 – LG Seeds is teaming up with the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) checkoff program in a nationwide initiative to identify and promote soybean varieties that feature the potential to produce high-value livestock feed. These varieties meet the criteria for recognition from ISA’s High Yield PLUS Quality (HY+Q) program.

More than 70 percent of soybeans grown in the U.S. are fed to livestock. The HY+Q program is dedicated to increasing the feed value of soybeans so the U.S. soybean industry can help protect and grow livestock feed market share in the face of increased competition from synthetic amino acids.

Research indicates that HY+Q varieties offer an average of $8 per ton more soybean meal value than ordinary varieties that don’t meet HY+Q standards. “Eight dollars per ton is absolutely significant, especially when feeding younger animals that require a higher portion of soybean meal in their feed,” says Bart Borg, Ph.D., director of nutrition at Standard Nutrition Services.

“LG Seeds is an industry leader and the first seed company to unite with the nationwide checkoff goal to increase the nutritional value of soybeans to protect livestock market share,” says Linda Kull, Ph.D., ISA director of agriculture innovation and technology transfer. “LG Seeds already offers a number of soybean varieties throughout the U.S. that meet the qualifications for exceptional feed value. Producers who are planting these varieties need to keep doing so.”

Feed value of soybeans is determined by the levels of seven essential amino acids which are required for livestock growth and productivity. It’s the amino acids, not crude protein levels, that provide the nutritional quality that livestock producers value most.

“We want our customers to know the importance of livestock feed value of the soybean varieties they plant, in addition to yield potential,” says Chuck Hill, Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) and LG Seeds specialty products manager. “Working with the HY+Q program accelerates our ability to promote this critical information so U.S. farmers can make fully-informed variety decisions.”

According to USDA data, U.S. soybean protein levels dropped more than two percentage points from 2000 to 2017. There was also a corresponding drop in amino acid levels, resulting in lower livestock feed values and soybean meal being replaced by synthetic amino acids and corn byproducts such as distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS). Livestock nutritionists say that use of soybean meal in swine has plummeted nearly 70 percent since 1990 because of declining quality and less-costly synthetic alternatives.

The HY+Q program offers farmers a database of 768 soybean varieties with rankings based on amino acids used by livestock nutritionists to calculate least-cost rations. Varietal information can be accessed at soyvalue.com. Nutritional rankings are based on statistical analysis of more than 34,000 harvest samples from farmers and seed company trials over the past six years. The HY+Q effort is also supported by the national soybean checkoff.

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The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) checkoff and membership programs represent more than 43,000 soybean growers in Illinois. The checkoff funds market development, soybean innovation and profitability efforts, issues analysis, communications and education. Membership and advocacy efforts support Illinois soybean farmer interests in local areas, Springfield and Washington, D.C. through the Illinois Soybean Growers. ISA programs are designed to ensure Illinois soy is the highest quality, most dependable, sustainable and competitive in the global marketplace. For more information, visit the website www.ilsoy.org.

LG Seeds® is committed to the business success of their STAR Partner dealers and the customers they serve. They offer corn, soybean, sorghum and alfalfa seed solutions to farmers throughout the U.S. Contact your local LG Seeds® Team for more information.

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For more information, contact:
Rachel Peabody
peabodyr@ilsoy.org
217-825-7654

Linda Kull
lkull@ilsoy.org
309-663-7692