“Increase blocks of soybeans (foreign introductions) for seed production. Pee Dee Experiment Station.” Station Annual Report, 1936. Photo courtesy of Clemson University Library Archives.
In the late 1930’s early 40’s farmers began investigating the potential for Soybean use as an oilseed crop. Before that time, not one thought it had value beyond letting cattle graze on the plants.
Today, Clemson Extension continues the tradition of soybean crop development through research in classrooms, labs and in the field. The South Carolina Crop Improvement Association cooperates with Clemson University, USDA, and other agricultural agencies and Experiment Stations in the development, testing, introduction, production, distribution, and use of superior strains and varieties of planting stock.