In 2019, an epidemic of African swine fever hit China. Before this, approximately half of all pigs in the world used to live in China - approximately 440 million hogs. The Chinese pork industry primarily operates with the purchase of dead animals from regional farmers, composing about half the total production. However, this system has various inefficiencies, due to the scale, and as a result have led to a massive culling of the population. While insignificant in official numbers (1.2 million pigs, less than 0.3% of the total population) it is expected that overall numbers are higher due to farmers culling diseased hogs without informing local authorities. However, the price for lean hogs spiked regardless of the size of the culling, from a low of $52.975 in February, to the highest price since 2014, at $98.15.
At the same time, Chinese demand for pork is significantly high. While output in 2019 fell by 21%, and is expected to fall by another 15% in 2020, the production still outpaces the rest of the world. For 2020, it is predicted that China will have eaten more than double the amount of pork of the entire EU, and this demand is not fully met by local pork producers. As a result, the Middle Kingdom is the world's largest importer of pork products.
However, pigs need to eat. As they are omnivores, they eat almost everything, but they are primarily fed with standard animal feed adapted to the stage of growth they are in. The main adjustment is raw protein content, which strays from 10 to 20%. The protein content starts higher and slowly decreases as the pig reaches slaughter weight. The amount of animal feed needed per day depends on the weight. The primary source of protein in animal feed is soybean meal and corn. Animal feed is a proportion of 70% corn, 25% soybean meal, and 5% general minerals.
China does have local production of soybeans, but it is primarily used for local food production. As a result, it is reliant on imports for animal feed, with around half being shipped from Brazil. Soybean production in Brazil has grown at a significant rate since the 70s, when it established itself as Brazil's primary cash crop. The main factor behind this was the development of the liming technique, which allowed for an expansion in farming in the Brazilian Central-West region. Currently, China is Brazil's main partner in the soybean trade, consuming approximately 80-90% of the total production per year.
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I currently made a big mistake and used all my crops so now I have 0 soybean and cotton and can’t request any more for another 6 hours. I’ve refreshed the newspaper 10 times and still nothing! It’s like the game knows cause I always see soybean when I have some on hand. My cows are starvingg
I love the Strawme mod! Bales (especially Soybeans) can be really profitable! The only problem I have is every single auto load trailer that I have tried to use to pick up the bales, throws that error message!
I only have a few hours of playtime each night, so I cut every corner on time saving mods I can find, and not having to stop and load each bail was a godsend!
I want to keep using Strawme to get that sweet soybean and corn straw, but if I can't auto load them, the mod is useless unless I spend time manually loading the bails, or use one of those trailers (forgot what they are called) that sucks up the straw and then can be sold or stored. I have a modded sell point that buys everything, so I know I can use this option. I just wanted to bale and auto load because the bales make so much money!
Do any of you use the Strawme mod and know of any auto load Bale Trailers that will accept the bales? Or a mod similar to Strawme that will get around that problem?
Any help would be super appreciated!!
I am looking into placing a bulk order to import a half pallet of split, de-hulled soybeans. Ideally I’d be able to set aside around a 3 year supply and sell the rest to break even and essentially get “free” soybeans for my troubles.
It looks like I should be able to accomplish this selling 15 pound lots for $50 USD. I’d need to sell at least 50x 15lb lots. I’d be fine using an online intermediary such as eBay to reach a wider market and to put people at ease about buying from an internet stranger. This price is extremely competitive both because most sources I found are in the $5-6/lb range and and because availability of split beans is nearly nonexistent.
I found using split de-hulled beans to make the process much more convenient and consistent. I am producing 15-20lbs of tempeh a month in 4lb batches for several months with zero issues whatsoever and I attribute some amount of my success, and willingness to even keep it up, to using split beans. I’d like to scale up and would consider doing another order in the future if this one works out as hoped.
At any rate, I am posting here to see if there is even any demand whatsoever for this product before committing to filling my basement with bags of beans I can’t sell and would be trying to eat for nearly 20 years.
I make my own tofu. I have measured that 100 grams of raw soybeans make approximately 160 grams of tofu. When I entered the same amount in Cronometer, i.e. 100 grams soybeans, and 160 grams tofu, the amount of calcium and protein for both puzzled me a bit. 160 grams of tofu contains 427 mg of calcium and 19 grams of protein, but 100 grams of soybeans contain 277 mg of calcium and 36 gram of protein.
I have two questions. First, how can 160 grams of tofu made from 100 grams of soybeans have more calcium than soybeans? Second, where is half (17 grams) of the protein from soybeans going? I know some is there in okara and water after coagulation but is it really that much?
Enter the Edwards family. Ninian Edwards was born in Maryland in 1775. After a short political life in Kentucky, he was named the first and only governor of the Illinois Territory from 1809-1818. He later served as IL state senator and the state’s 3rd governor. He died in 1833 in Belleville. His son Albert Gallatin Edwards (1812-1892) served as Assistant Secretary of Treasury under President Lincoln. He married Louise Cabanne of St. Louis, as the Cabanne family had invested in Belleville real estate and platted a new section of town. At age 75 he founded a self-named brokerage house in Downtown STL, A.G. Edwards, which exists today as Wells Fargo Advisors. Ninian’s other son Ninian Wirt Edwards (1809-1889) was an IL Attorney General, state representative, and senator. Married to Elizabeth Todd, Ninian’s sister-in-law Mary Todd married Abraham Lincoln in their house. Ninian is credited with having done much to encourage Abraham to enter politics. Albert and Ninian’s sister Julia married Daniel Pope Cook, who was a successful newspaper editor and politician in Illinois. He surveyed and platted the town of Waterloo for the landowner George Forquer in 1818. Four years after Daniel’s untimely death, the residents of a newly organized county in northeastern IL chose to name the county in his honor...Cook County. Family patriarch Ninian’s brother Dr. Benjamin Franklin Edwards (1797-1877) joined him on the frontier, moving to Edwardsville (named in Ninian’s honor) then Alton where was an esteemed physician. He spent two years in California during the Gold Rush. He assisted 17 survivors of a Japanese shipwreck, and they gifted him “Japanese peas” for their gratitude. Upon his return, he gave them to his friend James Henry Lea who planted them in his garden at 417 Prospect St. in Alton, which was the first planting of soybeans in the Midwest. James sent shoots of the soybean plant to friends and acquaintances and within a couple years it had spread across most of the Midwest. Benjamin passed away in his Kirkwood home in 1877. His great nephew and Albert’s son also lived in Kirkwood. George Lane Edwards (1868-1919) built a mansion in 1901 on the south end of town that in 1979 was opened as the well-known Magic House children’s museum. Albert’s other son Benjamin Franklin Edwards (1859-1945)’s descendants opened the financial planning firm Benjamin F. Edwards and Co. in 2008. Aside from its Clayton headquarters, it now has over 70 branch offices across the country.
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Is there a way to BUY pallets for soybean oil production? or do I have to make them? (that means farming timber asfar as I know, which I dont want to do.)