January 22, 2015


Non-GMO, high-protein soybean released for feed market



A new high-yield, high-protein soybean variety from the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture will be released for the animal feed market.


Division soybean breeder Dr. Pengyin Chen said the non-GMO soybean's high protein content offers improved feed efficiency for poultry, meat cattle and aquaculture producers.


The relatively low-cost variety, named UA 5814HP, is a late maturity group V soybean (relative maturity of 5.8) that averaged 58.8 bushels per acre over four years of testing in 12 locations around Arkansas, Dr. Chen said. It was also evaluated in seven southern region locations outside Arkansas where it averaged 64.8 bushels per acre.


In both tests UA 5814HP yielded at or near the top against popular varieties that were used for comparison.


UA 5814HP's protein level at maturity is about 45.5% of dry weight, equivalent to a feed meal with about 52.6% protein. Dr. Chen said some poultry companies have expressed interest in it because of the offer of higher nutrition value on weight basis in animal feed.


Dr. Chen also said that UA 5814HP will be released to private companies through license agreements with the university.

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