A lot has changed since 1980 – not just with the advent of the internet, social media and smartphones, but also thanks for the continuous improvement of U.S. soybean farmers.

What concrete results have sustainable practices of U.S. soybean farmers and the SSAP yielded since 1980? In less than 38 years, U.S. soybean farmers’ sustainable practices delivered:

  • 29 percent increase in crop yield, per acre
  • 40 percent decrease of land surface needed to grow one bushel of soybeans
  • 47 percent lower soil erosion, measured in tons
  • 32 percent reduction of water volume used for irrigation
  • 35 percent lower energy used in 2015 versus 1980
  • 38 percent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions

Sources: Field to Market and SoyStats