Brazil, the United States and Argentina produce approximately 82% of the world’s soybean crop. During the 2015/16 season, Brazilian, US and Argentine growers planted over 86 million hectares of soybean. Those soybean crops faced challenges from abiotic stresses such as heat and drought from the moment they were planted.

Soybean production must continue to improve if we are to meet the ever increasing food, animal feed and oil needs of our growing population. Crop production has improved over time due to advances in genetics and agronomic practices, as well as the development and use of insecticides, fertilisers, herbicides and crop enhancement products that work together to combat and cope with a multitude of abiotic and biotic stresses.

Crop enhancement products help growers by reducing the gap between the potential maximum yield of their soybean crop and the real yield they experience with each harvest.

Soybean stats... did you know?

Soybeans are about 18% oil and 38% protein. Because of its high protein content, soybean is a major ingredient in livestock feed and most is processed for this purpose, as well as for oil. A smaller percentage is processed for human consumption and made into food and industrial products:

Protein power: Global crop: Uses:
Soybeans contain 38% protein, that's 2 x as much as pork, 3 x as much as eggs and 12 x as much as milk Worldwide, soybeans are grown on 121m hectares of land, that's the same as 5 x the size of the United Kingdom 75% of the global soybean crop is used to make animal feed

       
  • Soybean is usually harvested 80 to 120 days after planting.
  • Soybean is propagated via seed. It has short vegetative season.
  • When processed, a 60 kg bag of soybeans will yield about 11 kg of crude soybean oil and 47 kilos of soybean meal.
  • Vegetable oil extracted from soybean has wide application in the food industry. It is used in mayonnaise, salad dressings, canned and processed food, frozen desserts, candies and various types of cheese.
  • 50% of daily newspapers in the USA use ink made of soy to print their news.
  • Like the protein found in meat, the protein in soybean is "complete," meaning all of the eight amino acids needed for human health are present. Soybean is the only vegetable that contains complete protein.
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