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Archive | Grow Soybeans

Learn ecological and economical methods to sustainably grow soybeans that are high quality and produce high yields.

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Adding Organic Manure to Your Crops

Manures are an excellent source of nitrogen.

soybean nodules

Nutrients & Minerals Needed for Soybeans to Grow

Soybean production factors out as fol­lows: a 50-bushel crop takes 280 pounds of nitrogen.

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Measuring Soybean Quality

Healthy plants will produce more nutritious food and seeds with more protein and oil. High quality seed will have a higher test weight.

soybean moisture chart

How to Dry Soybeans

To prevent seed coat cracking, drying air should be above 40% relative humidity. The relative humidity of air is approximately cut in half for every 20 degrees F. rise in temperature. Say the outside humidity is 100% at 50 degrees F. If you raise your drying air to 70 degrees F., its humidity will be […]

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Harvesting and Storing Soybeans

The beans contain 45-55% moisture when mature (filled) and must dry down before being harvested. When field mature, seeds, pods and stem turn yellow. About four to nine days later, all pods on the plant have turned brown. At this point, seed moisture is about 33%. With good drying weather, the beans should be ready […]

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Soybean Tillage Types: Traditional, No-Till and Ridge-Till Methods

The tillage methods you use for soybeans should depend on your climate, soil type, slope, crop rotation, machinery and costs.