ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, U.S. — The U.S. soybean industry planted crops on 75 million acres in 2011, producing nearly 3.1 billion bushels and totaling $35.7 billion in value according to the latest issue of the American Soybean Association’s (ASA) Soy Stats, the ASA said on April 19.

The annual publication, now in its 19th year, is a comprehensive resource for statistical information about the U.S. soybean industry and its relationship to world oilseed production. Soy Stats is available at

According to the publication, which comprises data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, ASA, and the United Soybean Board, soybeans represented 56% of world oilseed production in 2011, 33% of which was produced in the U.S. Additionally, the U.S. exported almost 1.3 billion bushels, accounting for 37% of the world's soybean trade.

In terms of exports, U.S. soybean and soy product exports exceeded $21.5 billion in 2011, nearly half of which — $10.4 billion — went to China. Canada was the largest customer for U.S. soybean meal at $375 million, while Morocco was the largest customer for U.S. soybean oil with purchases of $336 million.

Domestically, soybeans provided 66% of the edible consumption of fats and oils. Domestic crushers accounted for 1.6 billion bushels, with U.S. ending stocks of soybeans at 275 million bushels.

Major funding for the 2012 edition of Soy Stats was provided by the United Soybean Board, with additional financial support from the Illinois Soybean Association, Iowa Soybean Association, Indiana Soybean Alliance, South Dakota Soybean Research & Promotion Council, North Dakota Soybean Council, Maryland Soybean Board, U.S. Soybean Export Council, Kentucky Soybean Board, Ohio Soybean Council, Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, Tennessee Soybean Promotion Council, North Carolina Soybean Producers Association, Kansas Soybean Commission, and Oklahoma Soybean Board.