Quality of Canadian non-food grade soybeans 2014

In 2014, the average oil content for Soybean, No. 1 and No. 2 grades combined was 20.9% on a dry matter basis. The average was similar to last year’s average of 21.0% and slightly lower than the 5-year average (2009-2013) of 21.4%. The average protein content for Soybean, No. 1 and No. 2 grades combined was 39.6%, which is slightly lower than last year’s average (40.2%) and similar to the 5-year average (39.6%).

Average oil and protein content for No. 1 and No. 2 grades combined varied between eastern and western provinces. For Manitoba, oil content was 20.9% and protein content was 37.2%, whereas for Saskatchewan, oil content was 19.3% and protein content was 37.8%. For Ontario, oil content was 20.9% and protein content was 40.7%. For Quebec, oil content was 20.8% and protein content was 39.9%. For Prince Edward Island, oil content was 22.2% and protein content was 37.0%. For New Brunswick, oil content was 22.5% and protein content was 35.8%.

Introduction

This report presents quality data and information based on samples of non-food grade soybeans from the Canadian Grain Commission’s Harvest Sample Program. It is based on 346 samples submitted to the Grain Research Laboratory:  76 samples from Manitoba, 19 from Saskatchewan, 216 from Ontario, 28 from Quebec, 4 from New Brunswick, and 3 from Prince Edward Island. There were more samples submitted this year than last year (318). Of the samples submitted, 16% were graded as Soybean, No. 1 Canada; 81% were graded as Soybean No. 2 Canada; and 3% were graded as Soybean, No. 3 Canada and Soybean, No. 4 Canada.