Annual Plant Height : 12cm to 100cm included Origin : Eastern Asia (Japan, China) Environment : Hillsides, fields. Grows on many soils, as long as deep and fertile. Climate : Subtropical. Warm, temperate. Humid warm summers.
Notes : The Soybean (a.k.a. Soya) is a leguminous plant whose cultivation started as food crop for animals, but recently became increasingly important for human food, to make oil, margarine, flour, milk, and even as meat substitute. Soybean is the richest natural vegetable food, almost complete in nutrients. The United States is the world's leading soybean producer and exporter. Farm value of U.S. soybean production in 2003/04 was $18.0 billion, the second-highest value among U.S.-produced crops, trailing only corn. Soybeans equal about 90% of U.S. total oilseed production.