The Miracle Crop
Soybeans are used in a multitude of edible products, animal feed applications, and industrial products. Seeds of the soybean plant (Glycine Max) is approximately 18% oil and 38% protein and is now highly valued as a source of protein-rich meal in animal nutrition products.
Like many field crops, soybeans are grown from seed planted in rows in the field. The soybean seeds are mature soybeans that are cleaned and bagged specifically for use as seed. At Wimberly Farms we select seed based on desireable plant characteristics, like high yield, ability to withstand drought, color, or ability to withstand wind and weather. In Maryland, farmers plant soybeans beginning in May and as late as July.
Soybean varieties available for 2016...
- Soybean oil provides an environmentally friendly fuel for diesel engines.
- 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.
- 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.