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Soybeans 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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News & articles
- Published: Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Mother Nature has much to say about soybean yield and grain quality almost every year, says University of Missouri Extension soybean specialist Bill Wiebold. This year was no exception. Several important soybean-growing regions in ...
- Published: Friday, April 13, 2018
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Missouri native George Washington Carver was named the second member of the Missouri Soybean Center Hall of Fame during the third annual Soybean Symposium in April. “We can be proud that Missouri produced this great person. He ...
- Published: Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017
Note: Revised to correct spelling of “sclerotinia.” COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri Extension agronomy specialist Wayne Flanary says about 160 acres of soybean in northwestern Missouri show symptoms of sclerotinia stem rot. The MU Plant ...
Publication date: Nov. 1, 2018
Crop insurance offers farmers a way to manage risk associated with agricultural commodity production and prices. Crop insurance can decrease the production risk associated with adverse weather conditions, fire and pests, and the price risk associated ...
Publication date: June 1, 2008
This publication covers the common diseases and management strategies in each of these categories. It includes 60 color photographs to aid in disease identification. This publication is part of a series of Integrated Pest Management manuals prepared ...
Publication date: June 1, 1998
Double-cropping soybeans after winter wheat has grown in popularity and feasibility in much of Missouri. This cropping system has several advantages. A crop, growing on the land all year, provides control of soil erosion. Spreading annual fixed costs ...