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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.

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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.

Soybeans are Surviving the Heat July 24, 2011

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A heat wave has gripped the entire country; however, the Follow Farming soybean field looks great.  Summer heat can stress out the plants but we have received regular and adequate rain falls which helps the plants survive the high heat stress.  Check out our field.

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/.

Test Plot: what is it? July 9, 2011

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Do you ever see signs posted along the front of a soybean or corn field? Hear what the signs are and what they represent. Check out why test plots in farm fields are important to the farmers.

Setting the test plot signs

Soybeans are Looking Great July 2, 2011

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It has been about three weeks since we planted our soybean field and the plants are looking great. Brandon McClure tells us what he looks for as an agronomy specialist — the field is clear of weeds and insect damage. The soybean plants are healthy and growing at a good rate. Although our soybean field was planted several weeks behind when we planned, we are very pleased with the soybean stand (plant population or number of plants per acre) and progress of the crop.

Since we shot the video 12 hours ago, our Follow Farming field has received a rain. The soybeans need moisture so this will keep them growing well.

Enjoy the July 4th Indendence Day holiday. We are thankful for all the freedoms of the USA and to be blessed with an abundant food supply.  The American farmer is proud to grow food for you and the world.

Soybean Plants Looking Healthy

Watching for Weeds – Farmers always have something to do June 20, 2011

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Keeping an Eye Out for Weeds

Now that the soybean seeds are in the ground, you may think that farmers have nothing to do. Not true! We are keeping a close eye on our field for weeds and to make sure the seed get through the soil.