Soybean Future Packed in Protein07/25/2016
Patience isn’t necessarily a virtue of farming. Today’s market champion can be tomorrow’s goat. Yet, agriculture isn’t a beast of whim. The warning beacons of change might flash faint, yet remain visible to wary growers. In the case of U.S. soybeans, two producers are ringing alarm bells and warning the industry not to kick the protein can down the road.
Dan Corcoran and Jared Hagert say diminishing protein levels are a major cause of concern across the U.S. soybean spectrum. Soybean meal is the Cadillac protein source for an insatiable global livestock market. As U.S. soybean protein levels slide (see chart below), competing products become more viable: dried distillers grains (DDGS), canola meal and synthetic amino acids. If U.S. soybeans vacate the top protein perch, the empty spot will be filled by competitors. Market rules: No hole remains hollow.