During a year in which USDA projects record U.S. soybean production and exports, our most recent publication provides an important transportation perspective for producers and consumers of U.S. soybeans. Most U.S. soybeans are grown in the Upper Midwest and the Corn Belt. During the last 10 years, over 40 percent of production was exported on average each year, relying on barge and rail transportation to be shipped to port. Most of the recent significant growth in exports of U.S. soybeans has been to China. The United States, however, is losing its world market share to South America, where soybeans have a lower cost of production. The importance of the U.S. transportation systems reliability and efficiency will continue to play an important factor in the competitiveness of U.S. soybeans overseas.
Read the Soybean Transportation Profile Report (.pdf).