What advantages do end-users of U.S. soy value most? In addition to composition quality, the ability to deliver a reliable, abundant supply of soy, when and where it is needed, provides crushers with an advantage in meeting international end-user demand.
More Soy Per Acre, More Acres of Soy
Soybean farmers are committed to continuous improvement in farming practices that yield more high quality soy per acre.
To meet increasing global demand, U.S. soybean farmers also continue to expand the number of acres dedicated to soy.
When it Absolutely, Positively Has to Be There
The U.S. soy industry is unmatched when it comes to delivering a consistent, reliable supply of soybeans.
“American farmers are the most efficient farmers in terms of yield, and supply chain logistics. They are able to control the whole value chain from the farm to the export,” says Neoh Soon-Bin, Ph.D., managing director of an integrated grain, feed, oilseed and oil-processing company based in Malaysia.
And while Brazil – the world’s largest soybean exporter – is expected to increase shipments, the U.S. soybean industry holds the advantage with export reliability.
“In South America we see a lot of strikes, so your vessel can wait three weeks or even a month,” says Manef Lakhghar, trading director with Carthage Grains based in Tunisia. “We are trying to put the premium on all of these aspects to try to put higher market share on U.S. soybeans for our program.”
Multiple tactics within the U.S. soy industry keep product moving, including a robust transportation infrastructure that spans more than 25,000 miles of inland waterways. The system supports containerized shipping, which provides the ability to deliver product with the attributes end users demand.
The expansion of the U.S. railway systems makes it possible to move U.S. soy efficiently to shipping hubs on more than one million miles of railroad tracks. As more U.S. soybeans continue to make their way to China, the industry has seen an increase in rail movement from the western Soybean Belt to the Pacific Northwest.
This integrated transportation infrastructure helps reduce shipping costs.
The U.S. transportation infrastructure also makes it possible to move soybeans from areas of surplus to areas of deficit, ensuring international customers receive a steady supply of U.S. soybeans in any given year.