Soybeans growing at the UT Experiment Station

Soybeans have grown in familiarity with the rise of edamame and vegetarian-friendly soy products, but here are a few interesting facts about soybeans you might not know:

  • One acre of soybeans can produce 82,368 crayons.
  • Soybean oil provides an environmentally friendly fuel for diesel engines.
  • During the Civil War, soybeans were used in place of coffee because real coffee was scarce.
  • 98 percent of the soybean and livestock farms in the country are still family farms.
  • U.S. farmers first grew soybeans as cattle feed.
  • 45 percent of the world’s soybean acreage and 55 percent of production is in the United States.
  • Soy ink is used to print newspapers and textbooks.
  • Soybean is used in plastics, wood adhesives and textiles.
  • Soybeans also find their way into candles, cleaning products and hair-care products.
  • The soybean is the highest natural source of dietary fiber.
  • Farmers across the U.S. grow soybeans that have been harvested into yields of about 2 billion bushels a year.
  • About half of U.S. soybeans are exported to major markets including Europe, Japan, Taiwan, Mexico and South Korea.
  • More soybeans are grown in the United States than anywhere else in the world.
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