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We also found these other facts about Soybeans from FarmFlavor.
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:
- Soybean oil provides an environmentally friendly fuel for diesel engines.
- During the US 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.
- Farmers across the U.S. grow soybeans that have been harvested into yields of about 2 billion bushels a year.
- Almost 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.
- 2.22 million hectares of soybeans were seeded in Canada in 2016 and there has been a rise in production of 86% since 2006
- Ontario produces the most soybeans in Canada at 52.21% of production
- Find out more Canadian stats here
Soybeans – good to know!