Soybeans have grown in popularity for a variety of reasons. As our culture becomes more health-conscious, the protein in soybeans has been proven to be an adequate substitute for animal protein. Soybean oil has many uses such as food, blending with other vegetable oils, being used as a biodiesel feedstock and as a feed (energy) source for animal feed. There have been recent innovations in using Soybean by-products to produce candles, soaps, paint and other alternatives to petroleum products. We not only grow soybeans for the above purposes, but we also contract to grow soybean seed for some of the leading US soybean companies.
Researchers at NDSU have been instrumental in improving the productivity & profitability of soybeans in recent years. Soybean seed companies have also played an important role in developing varieties of soybeans that work well in our cooler climates, while improving some of the key valuable characteristics of soybeans such as protein and oil content.
Check out www.ndsoybean.org for more information about the many uses for soybeans.