The soybean plant makes soil healthier through nitrogen fixation.
Modern soybean farming methods protect soil, water and air quality.
Soybean meal contributes to healthy animals and more efficient livestock production.
- Reduced tillage, reduced pesticide use, water conservation, soil quality improvement and other practices defined as "sustainable" are practical decisions Indiana farmers have been making long before being green was trendy.
Unsurpassed Success Story
Soybean farmers have always been good stewards of their natural resources, and soybeans are an unsurpassed environmental success story. Soybean farmers were applying sustainability principles many years ago, as a study conducted by the Keystone Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture shows. The study measures agricultural sustainability by how efficient the industry is in five core areas seen below.
Over the past 31 years (between 1980-2011), soybean farmers have reduced (per bushel):
- Energy use by 42%
- Soil Loss by 66%
- Irrigation water used by 42%
- Greenhouse gas emissions by 41%
- Land use by 35%
See the entire study summary.
Fieldprint Calculator: The Fieldprint Calculator is a free online tool for growers to voluntarily and securely analyze how their management choices impact natural resources and operational efficiency.