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Soybean Production in Arkansas

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Soybean yield research plot near Helena, Arkansas (Photo courtesy Ryan Van Roekel)

Soybeans (Glycine max) are grown on about 3.3 million acres in Arkansas generating about $1.7 billion annually. State average yield are about 40 bushels per acre. Soybean meal is a high protein supplement for livestock and soybean is gaining popularity in human diets as well. Biodiesel appears to be an expanding domestic market for US soybeans. Approximately 30 to 40% of all US soybeans are exported.  Currently, soybeans are grown in 41 of the state’s 75 counties and ranks as one of the top three crop commodities in cash receipts for Arkansas farmers.

Soybean originated in China where it has been grown as a food crop for centuries. Soybean was brought to the United States in the late 1800's or early 1900's, first as a forage crop. Farmers soon learned that growing soybean for seed was a much better option than growing soybean for forage. Soybean was first introduced into Arkansas in 1925 by Jacob Hartz Sr. Soybean gained in popularity in the United States around the 1940's and 1950's and is now the second largest row crop (based on acreage) in the United States.


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The Cooperative Extension Service, part of the University of Arkansas System's Division of Agriculture, is dedicated to providing up-to-date educational programs consisting of research-based information for profitable soybean production.

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