This growing season, soybean farmers are utilizing methods that conserve land, air, and water.
Innovations in sustainability not only benefits people and the planet but it also brings sustainable success to agriculture and farmers who are working in harmony with the land.
US Soy has expanded production by over 120% between 1980 and 2020, using the same amount of land. However, recently, conservation efforts have improved the following:
- Land use efficiency by 47%
- Water use efficiency by 61%
- Energy use efficiency by 45%
- Greenhouse gas emissions efficiency by 42%
- Soil conservation by acre by 35%
Pioneering a range of best practices, from cover crops no-till and crop rotation, has paid dividends across the board. The yields have gone up significantly, and the outcomes include enhanced soil health and water conservation. Additionally, they've even been able to capture carbon from the atmosphere. Advances in technology like precision farming equipment and drones make all of this possible.
These types of innovations propel agriculture to set even bigger and bolder goals for the future, and by 2025, US Soy aims to reduce land use impact, soil erosion, and greenhouse gas emissions while increasing energy use efficiency.