Soybean Producers Racing to Get the Crops In
COLUMBIA - Soybeans are being harvested at a record setting pace this fall. According to the USDA, 67 percent of the nation's soybeans were harvested by Oct. 12. The warm dry weather this fall helped farmers harvest soybeans earlier than ever before.
Soybean yields are also predicted to break the record this fall. The USDA forecasts soybean yields to be 44.4 bushels per acre, which is up slightly from last years 44 bushels per acre.
"A bigger soybean crop means more surplus oil that can be made into biodiesel," said Don Scott, National Biodiesel Board Director of Sustainability.
Missouri is the third largest producer of biodiesel in the country.