Leading soybean producing countries worldwide from 2012/13 to 2017/18 (in million metric tons)

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This statistic shows the leading countries in soybean production worldwide from 2012/13 to 2016/2017 and provides a forecast for 2017/18. In 2015/16, the United States was the leading soybean producing country with a production volume of 106.93 million metric tons. As of September 2017, the production of soybeans in the U.S. was forecasted to reach some 120.59 million metric tons in 2017/2018.
Soybean production

Soybeans are among the major agricultural crops sowed in the United States, behind only corn. They belong to the oilseed crops category and the majority of U.S. soybeans is planted in May and early June and is harvested in late September and October. Production practices show that U.S. farmers commonly cultivate soybeans in crop rotation with corn. More than 80 percent of soybeans are grown in the upper Midwest. The Unites States reported Illinois, Iowa and Indiana as their leading soybean producing states in 2016.

Historical data demonstrates that large-scale soybean production did not commence until the 20th century in the United States. However, the latest statistics illustrate that the acreage of the dominant oilseed crop has expanded rapidly. The certain increase of soybean acreage was supported by several factors including low production costs and a greater number of 50-50 corn-soybean rotations. Furthermore, soybeans were one of the first crop types that accomplished commercial success as bioengineered crops. The first genetically modified (GM) soybeans were cultivated in the United States in 1996. They possess a gene that confers herbicide resistance.

The usage of soybeans ranges from the animal food industry over human consumption to non-food products. The highest percentage of soybeans goes to the animal feed industry. The product portfolio intended for human consumption include products such as soy milk, soy flour or tofu.
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September 2017
Survey time period
2012/13 to 2017/18
Supplementary notes
* Forecast. As of September.
** Data based on a September/August Marketing Year (MY).
*** Data based on an October/September Marketing Year (MY).
Figures were rounded to provide a better understanding of the statistic.

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