Soybean Uses

Soybeans are Indiana’s second largest crop (corn is the largest). And the yields we produce make our state the 3rd largest soybean producer in the United States. Nearly 10 percent of our nation’s soybean crop is grown right here in Indiana. 

What’s so great about these little beans? For one, they’re a great source of protein. Per acre, soybeans produce more protein than any other crop. But what really sets them apart is how versatile they are. They’re not only a great food source for humans and livestock, they produce oil that is used for cooking. Did you know that if it’s labeled vegetable oil in the grocery, it’s soybean oil?  Soybeans can also be made into hundreds of products - everything from tofu to plywood, plastics, candle wax and crayons.

 

CHECK OUT SOME OF THE PRODUCTS MADE FROM INDIANA SOYBEANS:

INK

Soybean ink is now used in 95 percent of circulating newspapers.

a newspaper that uses soybean ink with text that reads soybean ink is now used in 95 percent of circulating newspapers. it is also used in magazines, textbooks, and brochures

LIVESTOCK FEED

Soybean meal is used as a feed ingredient for pigs, poultry, cows and fish.

a hand full of ground soybeans with text that reads soybean meal is used as a feed ingredient for pigs, poultry, cows, and fish

Discover the different uses of soybeans and the many paths they take from the farm to you. Download these resources below:

Soybeans arrive to you in many different forms. Download the PDF below to see all of them.
A Soybean's Journey

Learn about how transportation costs affect the cost of soybeans with the PDF below
Barge Tour

 

Watch our soybean journey video series below and subscribe to our YouTube channel for more educational videos.

CANDLE WAX & CRAYONS

Soybean candle wax and soybean crayons started right here in Indiana, thanks to Purdue University students who created them as part of the Student Soybean Innovation Competition.

 

wax shaped like the state of indiana and a box of prang soybean crayons with text that reads soybean candle wax and soybean crayons started right here in indiana thanks to purdue university students who created them as part of the student soybean innovation competition

a green shampoo bottle and a tube of toothpaste with text that reads daily hygiene essentials. thats right items such as your toothpaste shampoo hand wash and sanitizer

a red paint brush with text that reads soy based paints are non-toxic because of the petroleum is replaced with soybean oil

carpet samples with text that reads soy backed carpet replaced over 90% of the petroleum based polymers with a bio-based polymer derived from domestically grown soybeans

 

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