Soybeans have been grown in Georgia for livestock feed since the 18th century, and are produced today for cooking oil and animal fodder.

In Georgia, soybeans are not a huge cash crop thanks to the plant's susceptibility to drought and its need for longer periods of nighttime darkness than are typically found in the state. The 180,000 acres that are planted in Georgia each year are mainly used to produce cooking oil, although CAES researchers are busy exploring soybeans' value as an alternative fuel source.

New varieties that are more tolerant of Georgia's growing conditions are also being developed and tested by UGA Extension scientists.


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Soybeans at UGA Provides updated information on all aspects of soybean production, marketing, economics, and outlook.

Impact Statements: Soybeans Descriptions of Extension efforts to improve knowledge and practices related to soybeans.

Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics IPBGG faculty actively engage in training of graduate students, the development of new crop varieties, and basic research on the genetics and understanding of crop traits important to agriculture and human kind.

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News
  • Midville Field Day Upcoming field day to highlight research in four of the state's major row crops. Published: 08/02/17
  • SIRP Field Day Irrigation research in crops like cotton, peanuts, soybeans and corn will highlight day. Published: 07/20/17
  • Kudzu Bug Decline At their population peak, kudzu bugs devastated soybean production in Georgia. Published: 05/10/17
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Top Soybean Producers
County Name Value
Dooly $5,289,763
Brooks 4,785,610
Laurens 4,688,100
Sumter 4,502,745
Appling 4,095,574
Jefferson 3,604,500
Bulloch 3,603,735
Bleckley 3,445,373
Terrell 3,348,000
Crisp 2,916,950
State Total: $128,485,343

Displaying farm gate values for 2015. Values are tallied in October for the previous year.