How do I Farm Soybeans?

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You can farm soybeans whether you intend to do it on a small or large scale. Keep in mind that 50 bushels per acre is a high yield for soybeans. Soybeans are a major US crop and are present in a wide variety of commercial and homemade foods. Soy provides a number of health benefits including reduced risk of heart disease. Soybeans are a great source of protein and calcium and are low in fat.

Things You'll Need

  • Soybean seeds
  • Soil
  • Water
  • Mulch
  • Pesticide
  • Freezer
  • Sealed container
  • Test your soil. Soybeans need properly balanced soil that is neither too acidic nor too alkaline. You can help acidic soil by adding lime and help alkaline soil by adding ammonium sulphate.

  • Plant your seeds around May. Follow instructions on the seed packet regarding row space.

  • Give soybeans proper mulch and water on a regular basis. Make sure soybeans have soil with good drainage as too much water can damage beans.

  • Pick off any bugs you see on the soybeans. For larger farms you may want to use a commercial or homemade pesticide.

  • Harvest soybeans around October. To determine if beans are fully ripe, feel inside the pod. They should be firm but not too hard.

  • Shell your beans by placing them in the freezer for a few hours.

  • Store beans in a sealed container in a cool, dry place.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are planting a large amount of soybeans, you may want to use different harvesting techniques in the interest of saving time and money.

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