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Soybean Production in Arkansas

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 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. 

Soybean Production Practices

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2020 Arkansas Soybean Quick Facts

2018 SRVP Annual Report

Soybean PodcastsSoybean Podcasts | Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board with University of Arkansas System's Division of Agriculture

Number Date Title
FSA7531 current Asian Soybean Rust (color)
FSA7532 current Asian Soybean Rust Fungicides and Aquatic Organisms
MP154 current

Arkansas Plant Disease Control Products Guide

Soybean - Seed Treatments

Soybean - Foliar Diseases

Fungicide Efficacy for Control of Foliar Soybean Diseases

Soybean - Nematodes

n/a current 2013 Arkansas Soybean Disease Screening
Evaluation of soybean cultivars for reaction to Root-knot Nematode, Soybean Cyst Nematode Race 2, 4, 5,14, Reniform Nematode, Stem Canker and Frogeye Leaf Spot.

Disease Management | Field Crops website - Pest Management | Farm & Ranch | Arkansas Extension

Arkansas Variety Testing - Soybean website - Research & Extension | Division of Agriculture | University of Arkansas System

Row Crop Verification website -  Farm & Ranch | Arkansas Extension

Soil Testing & Research Laboratory in Marianna, Arkansas.

Agricultural Technology website - Farm & Ranch | Arkansas Extension


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