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Soybeans in a podSoybeans are made for Missouri. Few things grown, mined or manufactured in Missouri touch the lives of as many residents as soybeans. 

Soybeans are Missouri’s No. 1 crop based on both land area and value. Each year, more than 5 million acres of productive Missouri farmland are planted with soybeans. That's more total acreage than the land dedicated to all other grain, fiber and vegetable crops.

So it may come as no surprise that the economic health of Missouri depends on its soybean crop. The annual, on-farm value of Missouri’s soybean crop is more than $2.2 billion.

The soybean crop is a top commodity globally, as well. Soybeans are the world’s foremost source of vegetable oil and vegetable protein. A soybean bushel weighs 60 pounds. That bushel of soybean grain produces 11.3 pounds of vegetable oil and 45 pounds of high-protein meal. Products made from soy oil include biodiesel, cooking oil, margarine, printing ink and lecithin. The primary use of soy protein is for animal feed, including pet food. Soy protein also is used in tofu, infant formula, processed meats and building materials.

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