Soybean Production in Arkansas
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.
Soybean Production Practices
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.
- Soybean Production Publications
Number Date Title FSA36 current Farmers' Use of Yield Monitors FSA37 current Adoption of Yield Monitor Technology for Crop Production FSA1015 current Planting Reduced-Tillage Soybeans FSA1048 current Importance of Minimizing Field Losses During Soybean Harvest FSA1050 current Biodiesel (color) FSA2118 current Understanding the Numbers on Your Soil Test Report FSA2153 current The Soil Test Report FSA2165 current Potassium Requirements and Fertilization of Rice and Irrigated Soybeans MP197 current
- Weed Management
Number Date Title FSA2152 current Prevention and Control of Glyphosate-Resistant Pigweed in Soybean and Cotton MP44 current MP479 current Glyphosate-Resistant Palmer Amaranth and Ryegrass Management MP522 current Pasture Weed Control in Arkansas n/a current 2014 Soybean Screening for Metribuzin Sensitivity Results n/a n/a A Guide to Pigweed Management for Soybean/Cotton
Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board with University of Arkansas System's Division of Agriculture
n/a n/a Herbicide Resistance - A Growing Issue in Arkansas
Ken Smith, UACES Weed Scientist & Committee Chair | Arkansas Herbicide Resistance Committee
n/a n/a Enabling Pesticide Registrations for Specialty Crops and Minor Uses' project
Interview of Dr. Nilda Roma Burgos by International Innovation magazine regarding her IR-4 work as Weed Specialist with the University of Arkansas System's Division of Agriculture.
Weed Management | Field Crops website.- Pest Management | Farm & Ranch | Arkansas Extension
- Insect Management
Number Date Title FSA7065 current Insect Pest Alert: Soybean Aphid (color) FSA7077 current Brown Marmorated Stink Bug: A Potential Pest of Arkansas Row Crops (color) FSA7078 current Biology, Identification and Management of the Redbanded Stink Bug (color) FSA7084 current Kudzu Bug - Invasive Pest Coming to Arkansas and the Impact on Soybeans FSA7550 current Crop Rotation for Management of Nematodes in Cotton and Soybean MP144 current Insecticide Recommendations for Arkansas Soybeans
Insect Management | Field Crops website - Pest Management | Farm & Ranch | Arkansas Extension
Pesticide Training, Licensing, and Education website - Pest Management | Farm & Ranch | Arkansas Extension
Arkansas Insect Pest Photo Gallery - Research & Extension | Division of Agriculture | University of Arkansas System
- Disease Management
Number Date Title FSA7531 current Asian Soybean Rust (color) FSA7532 current Asian Soybean Rust Fungicides and Aquatic Organisms MP154 current 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
- Field Performance
Number Date Title n/a current 2017 Metribuzin Tolerance Testing of Soybean Varieties RS614 current 2014 Arkansas Soybean Performance Tests n/a current 2017 Soybean Update n/a current
Arkansas Variety Testing - Soybean website - Research & Extension | Division of Agriculture | University of Arkansas System
Row Crop Verification website - Farm & Ranch | Arkansas Extension
- Crop Economics & Marketing
Number Date Title FSA5 current Seasonal Price Patterns for Arkansas Soybeans (color) FSA38 current Economic Benefits of No-Till in a Rice-Soybean Rotation
Economics & Marketing website - Farm & Ranch | Arkansas Extension
Farm Planning ( Budgets, Risk Management, Planning Tools)
Commodity Markets (Market News, Situation Outlook)
MarketMaker (Farmers' Markets, Locally Grown)
Biosecurity website - Farm & Ranch | Arkansas Extension
- Mobile Apps & Online Tools
Arkansas Row Crops Blog
The latest news and recommendations from Extension specialists across all row crops.
Irrigation methods and water conservation research from Extension specialists.
Center for Agricultural & Rural Sustainability
Balancing the demands of community, agriculture and ecosystems.