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Originating in China, soybeans have been cultivated for more than 5,000 years. They were introduced to America in the 19th century, and since the 1940s, they have become one of the most important economic crops in this country. During the 2011-12 season, the U.S. was the largest soybean producer in the world with more than 35 percent of worldwide production
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Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.
March 29, 2016