As Minnesota gears up for another soybean harvest, the University of Minnesota is encouraging farmers to send soybean samples to test soybean quality.

“Sending these samples will help the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, the University of Minnesota and the U.S. Soybean Export Council measure the full value of the oil, protein and amino acids in Minnesota’s soybean bushels,” says Minnesota Soybean Director of Market Development Kim Nill. “This information is valuable when marketing our beans abroad and the report generated is one of the most trusted documents around the world.”

Farmers will receive a re-sealable plastic bag and pre-addressed return envelope to gather the soybean sample.

All soybean samples need to be mailed by Oct. 23 to: University of Minnesota, 411 Borlaug Hall, 1991 Upper Buford Circle, St. Paul, MN 55108-6024.

The University will then analyze the soybean sample and send back individual, confidential results to all participants.

The data will be analyzed and reported in aggregated statics in the report. These results will aid in encouraging overseas soy buyers to purchase northern U.S. soybeans due to their higher Essential Amino Acid concentration through the development of a soybean quality report.

If you have not received a sampling packet before and would like to participate in the study, contact U of M Extention Agronomist Seth Naeve at or (612) 819-2338.

This article was submitted by the University of Minnesota.