Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
Although US soybean farmers have grown in the past five years, the industry will continue to face pressure from international operators. With Brazil expected to overtake the United States as the top provider of soybeans, domestic operators will continue to fight for profitability and market share, while battling volatile planting conditions as well. Additionally, as more Americans steer clear of processed foods, the industry will rely on demand from sectors like alternative fuels... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter
Almost all soybeans within the United States are processed using a method called crushing. Crushing results in two products: the solid protein referred to as soybean meal and liquid soybean oil. For every hundred pounds of soybeans crushed, the average result is about 80 pounds of soybean meal, 19 pounds of soybean oil and a pound of waste. In terms of dollar value, oil can comprise as much as half of a soybean's value, although it makes up less of its bulk. The exact ratio fluctuates over time as market prices continually adjust.
Soybean meal is the world's most important source of protein feed, providing more than two-thirds of the world supply... purchase to read more