soybean http://kcur.org en Soybean Acres Up, Corn Down In This Year's Planting http://kcur.org/post/soybean-acres-corn-down-years-planting <p>Farmers planted a record number of soybean acres this season. But corn is flat in several Midwestern states, while down slightly in others.</p><p>Those are some of the takeaways from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s report on planted grain acres for the season, which offers the first glimpse of production for 2014.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 14:59:19 +0000 Amy Mayer 58534 at http://kcur.org Soybean Acres Up, Corn Down In This Year's Planting Exploiting The Soybean Beyond The Edible http://kcur.org/post/exploiting-soybean-beyond-edible <p>If you think soybeans are just for livestock and vegetarians, think again.&nbsp;</p><p>Increasingly, the commodity is being used in manufacturing — an ingredient in everything from glue to cleaning supplies to even furniture filling.</p><p>“Even Henry Ford in the 1930s had built cars using soy oil paint,” said William Schapaugh, an agronomy professor at Kansas State University in Manhattan.&nbsp; “They were using soy oil in the shock absorbers of the cars.&nbsp; So that goes back a long time.”</p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 13:49:05 +0000 Justine Greve 41480 at http://kcur.org Exploiting The Soybean Beyond The Edible International Demand, Competition Spurs Soybean Innovation http://kcur.org/post/international-demand-competition-spurs-soybean-innovation <p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture&nbsp;<a href="http://usda01.library.cornell.edu/usda/current/wasde/wasde-07-11-2013.pdf">predicts the nation’s farmers&nbsp;</a>will deliver a record 3.42 billion bushels of soybeans this year. The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ers.usda.gov/topics/crops/soybeans-oil-crops.aspx#.Ue7Vz42shcY">USDA is also forecasting</a>&nbsp;that this year for the first time Brazil will overtake the United States as the world’s leading producer of soybeans. Mon, 05 Aug 2013 12:39:56 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 41407 at http://kcur.org International Demand, Competition Spurs Soybean Innovation