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So Close to Harvest October 9, 2011

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The soybeans are ready for harvest. The leaves have dried up and dropped off. The stems are dry and the pods are crisp. The beans themselves have changed from green to a golden yellow. The video will show a good look at our field before it is harvested.

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Soybeans are Progressing September 23, 2011

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A close look at the soybean pods show fast changes from green then to yellow and finally to brown. We also show the beans are progressing from plump green beans to hard, dry yellow beans.

Soybeans – Starting to Turn September 20, 2011

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As the days short, the soybeans in our Follow Farming field are quickly maturing.  Check out the changes in color (from deep, dark green to an autumn yellow).

Beans Tightly Packed in Pod September 8, 2011

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Looking across our Soybean Field

An early morning check of the field today shows the soybean plants are still green. In our area, we are just starting to see a few fields that are “turning”.  When farmers say “the field is turning”, they are referring to the plants starting to dry down and the plant will start to look yellow and brown.  As you can see, our whole field is still green.

3 beans tightly packed in pod

The BIGGEST change since our last update is how much the soybeans have grown.  We don’t mean the plants themselves (they are still approximately 3-feet high).  Rather the soybeans INSIDE the pods are much bigger.  The soybeans are as green as grass right now. When we harvest them, they will be golden yellow/brown. Take a look at the picture which shows how tight the three soybeans are lined up inside the pod.

Our area has continued to have regular rain falls.  All the crops (mostly soybeans and corn) in our local area look good.  Harvest is about a month away!    

Plants are loaded with pods

 

Mid Summer Farm Activities August 26, 2011

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The crops are busy growing in the field and the farmers are busy with mid-summer activities. It is the time of year farmers are finishing spring clean up and working on fall prep.

Pods are Filling Out August 22, 2011

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About the size of a small lima bean

The soybean plants may look the same but look closer. The soybeans in the pods are growing. In fact, the beans are green and about the size of a small lima bean. We’re still about six weeks away from harvest.

Rapid Pod Development August 8, 2011

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In less than a week, the soybean pods have had significant development.  While they are still very immature, we can definitely count an exact number of tiny soybeans in each pod.  

The largest soybean pods are 1.5-inches long.  Keep in mind the pods develop from the bottom of the plant to the top so the nods on the top of our plants are not showing any pod development yet but give them time.  

Small pods developing at the base of the plantsPods compared to a penny!Field continues to look GREAT!

SoybeanStatus: Full of Blooms and Forming Tiny Pods July 31, 2011

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Soybean Pod Just Starting to Grow compared to a Penny

We checked the field today and the soybeans look great.  Looking across the field we see a full canopy of healthy green leaves and good color.  A closer look at the plants show lots of tiny flower blooms. The blooms will develop into a pod and then fill with soybeans.  The pods are just starting to grow. So as we looked at it today, the pods are about the size of a penny.

Check Out Field Conditions in Mid-July July 29, 2011

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The extreme heat that we have experienced in the last week is allowing the Morral Companies to evaluate soybean varieties at the test plot. Examples of what is being evaluated includes drought tolerance, heat resistance, disease tolerance, insect resistence, and other soybean traits that are valuable to the farmers.

4R Nutrient Stewardship July 11, 2011

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The 4R Nutrient Stewardship program helps farmers with best management practices for fertilizer. This results in enhanced enviornmental protection and farm production. Learn more about the right fertilizer source, the right rate, the right time, and the right place. Learn more about 4R nutrient stewardship at http://www.nutrientstewardship.com/.