“I can’t imagine doing anything other than farming,” Miller says, making another combine pass through a soybean field bringing in this year’s harvest.
It’s farmers like Randy who have a passion for raising crops and livestock that make the food we eat at Thanksgiving – and every day – possible.
Just as ham is to Easter, there’s a close relationship between turkey and Thanksgiving.
A recent National Turkey Federation survey shows that 88% of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving, and an estimated 46 million turkeys are eaten each Thanksgiving,
To feed those birds destined for the dinner table, turkeys require a balanced diet. That’s where soybean meal comes in.
“Our soybeans and corn are used to make nutrient-dense rations to feed the livestock that are a part of your Thanksgiving meal,” Miller says.
In a turkey’s lifetime, they’ll gobble up around one-third of a bushel of soybeans – about 20 pounds or half their body weight.
Turkeys raised in Iowa, which are typically found behind the deli counter or in a favorite Jimmy John’s or Subway sandwich, consume about 4 million bushels of soybeans each year. Soybeans are also a key source of nutrients for other protein-rich favorites, such as chicken, pork, eggs, dairy and beef.
A Perfect Companion
Deep frying your turkey this year? You can rely on soybean oil for it! An oil with a smoking point above 425 degrees F ensures a safe and tasty turkey. Refined soybean oil, with a smoking point of 495 degrees F fulfills that need – and it’s heart-healthy, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Don’t forget the side dishes and desserts! Soybean oil is used to make hundreds of foods, including ranch dressing, peanut butter and mayonnaise. Think of farmers like Randy as you add mayonnaise to a casserole or sandwich and peanut butter to a pie.
Before turkeys and special ingredients hit the freezers and shelves at your local grocery store, they are trucked from distributors. Those truck drivers rely on fuel to get them to their destination in a timely fashion. Again, soybeans come through. Soybean oil is one ingredient used to make biodiesel, a cleaner-burning, economical choice for travelers who drive diesel-powered vehicles. If you have a diesel-powered vehicle, look for stations with biodiesel as a fuel option.
Fueling Iowa’s Economy