In 2003, about 6.3 million tons of soybean were produced in Goiás making the State the 4th largest national producer. Total area harvested was 2.2 million hectares (5.28 million acres), an increase of 69.2% when compared to 1.3 million hectares in 1999. Soybean represents 55% of Goiás total grain production.
About 30% of the beans are processed in Goiás. The primary processing companies are
Caramuru Alimentos , Comigo, Coimbra and Granol. Approximately 70% of the soybeans produced in Goiás are sold in natura, without any kind of processing; the remainder is sold internally and the rest is exported.
Soybeans represent close to 60% of Goiás exports. 2003 figures of the soybean production were as follows: soybean seeds, US$ 474.0 million - 43%, bagasse and other soybean residues, US$ 181.4 million - 16%