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Soybeans are one of the most important field crops in the world. The United States generates about 50% of the entire soybean production needed for the around the globe. As reported by the USDA in January 2014, the United States produced 3.29 billion bushels of soybeans in 2013. The average yield per acre was estimated at 43.3 bushels.
Although the United States experiences steady yields, there are many states that tend to have erratic harvests. There are many causes for the unpredictable production, some of which include: animal grazing, weather, insects, disease, seeding rate, row spacing, inoculation, irrigation, and planting period. Of these factors, weather is an element that has a massive impact on yield. It can affect everything from planting period to the amount of water the plants receive to photosynthesis happening inside the plant.
In the future, the global market will continue to shape the future of soybean production. More soybeans will be planted and produced for biodiesel, the protein from soybeans will continue to be used for feed and food, and more land for soybean cultivation can be expected in the coming years as the demand becomes higher for the versatile soybean!