Missouri Soybean Farmers Break Yield Record in 2014

This year’s harvest season brought speculation that Missouri soybean farmers may have broken yield records. A recent report from the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) confirmed those predictions, as the 45 bushel-per-acre statewide average set in 2004 fell and soybean production increased by nearly 30 million bushels. Missouri’s new record statewide average for soybeans is 46.5 bushels per acre.

“Missouri soybean farmers continue to raise the bar, being ever-more efficient with our land and water resources producing a high-quality, and this year record-breaking, crop,” said David Lueck, Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council chairman and soybean farmer from Alma. “This was truly a banner year for Missouri soybeans as planning, hard work and favorable weather conditions came together for harvest the way we hope they do each planting season.”

The report, titled “Missouri Crop Production Highlights – Final 2014 Crop Production Report” shows that Missouri soybean growers broke two records with the 2014 crop. In addition to raising the statewide yield average by 1.5 bushels per acre, growers also raised the statewide production figure from 230.6 million bushels to 260.4 million bushels. That record had been set in 2009.

The report from USDA-NASS is available by clicking the link above, or by visiting NASS online at http://www.nass.usda.gov/.

The Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council is a statewide, farmer-led organization working to improve opportunities for Missouri soybean farmers through a combination of research, outreach, education and market development efforts through wise investments of growers’ contributions to the soybean checkoff. To learn more, visit the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council online at mosoy.org.