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Harvest! It’s time to harvest the soybeans. October 19, 2011

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After eight months, the soybeans are ready for harvest. Remember back that we made a pre-planting strategy, planted the seeds, watched for pests and weeds, waited for the soybeans to mature, and now we are in the field for harvest. Check out the combine cutting the soybeans and loading the truck for transport.

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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.

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

Tillage Day – Preparing the Ground for Planting June 8, 2011

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It was a busy day at the Follow Farming field.  Local farmer, Mike Smith, tilled the ground preparing it for soybean planting.  Watch the videos below for:

  • An introduction about Field Tillage — What the farmer does and why they work the ground up.
  • Watch the tractor at work — See how the tractor moves, turns, and makes a little dust.
  • Notice the difference between Non-tilled vs. Tilled ground — Look up close how the dirt and weeds are different. 
  • Check out the tractor — Hear a quick explanation of the tractor, cultivator, and clumbler.