About Soybeans in Kentucky

Soybean (Glycine max) is grown on about 1.3 million acres in Kentucky generating about $300 million. State average yields are about 40 bushels per acre. Soybean meal is a high protein supplement for livestock and soybean is gaining popularity in human diets as well. Biodiesel appears to be an expanding domestic market for US soybeans. Approximately 30 to 40% of all US soybeans are exported. Soybean originated in China where it has been grown as a food crop for centuries. Soybean was brought to the United States in the late 1800s or early 1900s, first as a forage crop. Farmers soon learned that growing soybean for seed was a much better option than growing soybeans for forage. Soybean gained in popularity in the United States around the 1940s and 1950s and is now the second largest row crop (based on acreage) in the United States.

Soybean Crop Management

Newsletters & Reports


Nutrient Management

Soybean Marketing & Economics

Pest Management

Soybean Diseases

  • Disease Management Guides

    • Assessing Foliar Diseases of Corn, Soybeans, and Wheat —Principles and Practices PPFS-MISC-06
    • Foliar Fungicide Use in Corn and Soybeans PPFS-GEN-12
    • Integrated Crop Management Manual for Soybeans, Section 1 (Kentucky) IPM-3
    • Integrated Crop Management Manual for Soybeans, Section 2 (Kentucky) IPM-3
    • Soybean Cyst Nematode Management Recommendations for Kentucky 2015 PPFS-AG-S-24
    • Soybean Cyst Nematode: Are We Missing Opportunities? PPFS-AG-S-13
    • Soybean Cyst Nematode--Value of Wheat Residue in SCN Management PPFS-AG-S-08
    • Soybean Rust Fungicide Use Guidelines PPFS-AG-S-23

    Soybean Diseases

Soybean Insects

Soybean Weeds

Soybean Handling and Harvesting