Findings from the latest Wisconsin Ag Statistical Service suggest Wisconsin is on the path to plant 1.85 million acres of soybeans in 2015, which is a 3% increase from 2014, and potentially a new soy bean acreage record.
In 2014, Rock County was the leading county of soybean production within Wisconsin producing 4.83 million bushels, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistical Service. Dane, Grant, and Dodge County followed in the rankings. Overall, Wisconsin averaged 44.0 bushels per acre. Additional details can be found at: http://1.usa.gov/1C8cxRd
With a little cooperation from Mother Nature, WI could set a new record! As for now, all we can do is watch and see what plans she has for us.
Fun Soybean Facts, according to America’s Farmers:
1. There are about 75 million acres of land planted to soy in the U.S.
2. The top producing states are Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Indiana.
3. Soybeans were first introduced in 1765 by Samuel Bowen, a sailor who brought them back from China.
4. One acre of soybeans can be used to make:
• 2,500 gallons of soy milk
• More than 40,000 8oz. servings of tofu
• 82, 000+ crayons.
5. Elevators in the Status of Liberty use a soybean-based hydraulic fluid.