To show how much money hides inside soybeans we turned to ration formulation software commonly used by livestock nutritionists. Soybean samples were mathematically processed into simulated soybean meal. By entering the amino acid data into ration formulation software – like customers do – it becomes easy to compare quality where it really counts: on a local basis, one variety at a time.
The relative nutrient value in this model differed by up to $0.95 cents per hog. These are approximations and the payoff isn't visible to soybean farmers. But the value of quality is clear to the producers who buy soybean meal. Selecting seed varieties with a track record of locally high quality can make a big difference to a soybean customer.