HY + Q = Value
Supporting High Yield plus Quality

HY+Q (High Yield Plus Quality) takes a positive new path to unsurpassed soybean yield, quality, and value. HY+Q was founded in 2014 by innovative farmers and seed industry leaders to unite everyone around a shared commitment to maximum value.  


HY+Q works with innovative seed companies in a new research program touching 12 states. It's supported by data from hundreds of elevators and soybean farmers who send soybean samples each harvest so we can measure composition. It also reaches into international markets with a dedication to showcase United States success.  


HY+Q is catching on fast because HY+Q takes a positive new path to advancing shared success. We invite you to join in the cause.



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Make sure you're updated with the latest information about HY+Q progress advancing soybean yield, quality and value.

Why HY + Q ?

HY+Q goals include:

1. Recognizing yield and quality success today.
2. Advancing soybean quality.
3. Increasing soybean value from seed to feed.


The U.S. already produces high quality soybeans and everyone deserves recognition for that success. However, soybean farming is like any business: Marketplace success requires a steady commitment to customer satisfaction. Checkoff and university studies show that soybeans from other countries, synthetic lysine, and cheap ethanol byproducts threaten hard-won U.S. markets. HY+Q takes a positive approach to protecting soybean sales.

"HY + Q Effect "
Energizes Equality Conversations

HY+Q success starts from the ground up, in farmer sampling programs that measure composition. Those samples help HY+Q create enthusiastic support for soybean quality excellence. Check out this video clip to see how spotlighting farmer success triggers the “HY+Q effect.”


Illinois farmer Rob Shaffer becomes high-quality soybean supporter.


HY+Q Commitment

Everyone in the industry who is serious about soybeans already has a commitment to high yields and quality.  The HY+Q program is a natural extension on raising the best.

Farmer Success

HY+Q sampling proves farmers already produce soybeans with high yields and high quality. It was like a light bulb turned on: Why not make composition a story about what U.S. farmers are doing right?

~ Rob Shaffer

Shaffer Farms
El Paso, Illinois

Seed Company Commitment

Beck’s supports HY+Q because we want all farmers to maximize the profitability of their soybean acres. By helping the checkoff highlight the value of protein and oil composition along with the overall yield of a soybean variety, we’re not only helping farmers succeed, we’re helping the U.S. industry succeed.

~ Kevin Cavanaugh, Ph.D.

Director of research
Beck's Hybrids

Customer Value

Young animals and breeder pigs get the most benefit in using U.S. soybean meal. I believe it is because of the higher dietary essential amino acids, metabolizeable energy and consistency in U.S. soybean meal. We should not consider the cost per ton; it should be the cost based on nutrient availability.

~ Joyce Cruz, DVM

Nutritionist, past president of PHILSAN
(Philippine Society of Animal Nutritionist)

Quality Exploration Reveals....

An HY+Q look at composition information sparks new conversations. Click to slide through the highlights and dive deeper by following the links.

Gain 200 lbs./acre more protein without yield sacrifice

Quality of Popular Varieties

U.S Commodity Soybean Quality Report

Soybean Quality Resource

Proper soybean variety selection can add 200 more lbs./acre of protein and oil without compromising grain yield, according to Wisconsin Soybean Variety Tests.

Protein and oil content of popular varieties, third-party reporting:

Minnesota Soybean Variety trials

More here

Wisconsin Soybean Variety Tests

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*2015 U.S. Soybean Quality Annual Report

From the U.S. Soybean Export Council

U.S. Commodity Soybean Quality Report:

Make Your Beans Count

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We’ll send back a card with your personal confidential results in late Fall. That will be followed this winter by an email link to a powerful new report mapping composition by maturity zone, latitude, longitude and agronomic factors.


For more information about this program please email us and we’ll get back to you right away.  Thanks!


Funded by the soybean checkoff


Frequently Asked Questions

HY+Q spotlights quality U.S. excellence today and encourages continual improvement. HY+Q connects the value of seed yield with the value of soybean quality. It brings everyone together in new conversations and research about shared value.
HY+Q showcases any traits that soybean customers value, which today include crude protein, amino acids and oil. To ensure future success, the checkoff and industry are teaming to improve quality and also explore additional high-value traits such as high oleic or high-energy soybeans. HY+Q supports every trait with potential to increase soybean value. HY+Q starts with increasing protein and amino acid value because those traits are already available and demanded by customers today.
A unified approach ensures that everyone wins together. But the national approach also needs to be realistic. HY+Q advances what’s working in your state and spotlights U.S. success at the same time. HY+Q is like a Navy fleet that shares a common goal. Each boat has different tactical missions and every sailor wants to win.
Because composition is the only reason soybean yield is worth anything at all. Soybeans without protein and oil are worth nothing.
Composition has value you can’t see. Econ 101 generally says that quality (protein and oil) influences demand, which influences price. Customers want the best soybeans they can get at the lowest price, but pricing gets very complicated in the real world. Everyone sees soybeans top $15 per bushel when China produces more hogs or drought hits South America. When China’s economy slows, or 40 million chickens are culled because of bird flu, soybean prices fall with the chickens. Composition is invisible in elevator checks. But quality still counts.
That idea is a close cousin to premiums. And premiums have proven to work with companies like South Dakota Soybean Processors. Component pricing was identified as a commercial development priority by the United Soybean Board’s Value Task Force. However, the idea has challenges to overcome. 1. Everyone isn’t set up to pay for composition at the elevator. 2. Assuming we set the target at 35:19 (an iffy target, as you can see in the next question) here’s what would have happened the last few years, using Illinois as an example: In 2012 protein was low statewide, and most farmers would miss the payoff. The elevator check would be higher in 2013 and 2014. The 2015 paycheck would be lower again because of protein, and farmers would see $9 a bushel instead of $16 at the same time.
HY+Q isn’t changing the standard; we’re proposing that the short-term goal be to beat the average. 19:35 is the ideal target because that’s what it takes to get 48 percent protein in the meal. But that’s usually an easy goal in some regions and impossible in other areas. A standard that won’t work everywhere because of agronomic reasons outside of farmer control doesn’t work.
HY+Q doesn’t set standards. It shares a vision: If everyone simply tries to beat their personal average or local average, progress will happen. In other words, run one more yard tomorrow than we did yesterday.
The good news is that every bag of seed on the market today has met today’s standard for yield or agronomic qualities. And half of the soybeans have better protein than average. So try to buy seed that has better-than-average protein, if you can find it.
We do and it’s an ugly truth. It’s also true that some soybeans have higher protein over time than others. Trying to beat the average is better than ignoring quality. Data proves what’s happening when we don’t try.
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Soybeans with lower crude-protein content generally have higher proportions of the five most critical essential amino acids (lysine, threonine, tryptophan, methionine and cysteine) that drive livestock productivity. But measuring that amino acid balance accurately is challenging and expensive. So crude protein serves as the key indicator until the technology is more reliable. Meanwhile, let’s promote every advantage we can offer.
Brazil is the first country to have caught up with the traditional “big five” grain exporters (U.S., Canada, Australia, Argentina and the European Union). In fewer than 30 years, Brazil has become one of the world's soybean strongholds. Its Cerrado, one of the world’s largest soybean-producing regions, is three times the size of Texas. South America is coming on strong.


Innovative seed companies began helping the HY+Q movement to reexamine soybean composition starting in 2014. Today, seed company researchers and communicators are teaming up with checkoff family farmers in research, communications and on-farm seed sampling to find new insights into how agronomic factors affect soybean yield and composition.
The participants include 12 companies, with sampling coming from 12 states. Those states include: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Tennessee. With the 2016 harvest HY+Q expands to include 15 seed company and Agribusiness partners.  We’re also teaming up with the U.S. Soybean Export Council to collect data from farmers in every state. Industry and the checkoff family want to do anything possible to ensure the full value of U.S. soybeans clear worldwide.


U.S. famers appreciate knowing that innovative seed companies are examining how yield and composition work together to deliver maximum soybean value from seed to feed.


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