Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Soybeans

Thought I would show you a little more about soybeans since I had taken these pictures while in the field.This is how they look standing in the field. There are many pods on each stalk.
Part of a stalk with the soybean pods on it.
Here are just a few pods.
This is what the soybeans look like out of the pod. The stalk and pod get thrown out the back of the combine and the soybeans go into the grain tank of the combine to get unloaded onto the grain cart and then onto the semi's which haul them off to the soybean plant or to the bins on the farm to be hauled out later.


Soybeans have many uses....they make them into soy oil, soy flour, soy milk, soy nuts, tofu, soy candles, soy diesel, soy lotion, soy sunscreen, soy crayons, feed for livestock and many, many other things.



15 comments:

Jamie said...

AG CLASS 101....thanks!!

Just Mom said...

Another fantastic lesson for my son. Thank you. :-D

Gina said...

I WOULD LOVE IT IF YOU STOPPED BY MY BLOG AND ENTERED MY GIVE-AWAY! STOP BY FOR COFFEE!!!

Jeff and Erin said...

Thanks for the soybean education..he he :)! I know I enjoy some lovely soy products (soy nuts and soy candles) and those wouldn't be possible without farmers :)!

Have a great day!

Erin

Amber said...

I love eating soy beans, fresh out of the pod!

Penless Thoughts said...

Thanks for yet another lesson.
Susan

Jennifer said...

Thanks for the edumacation! Hey, I noticed in your last set of pictures that you are all wearing sweatshirts, heavier clothing. Is it cold there already? You should do a post for us poor Midwesterners who don't have a clue about weather in your part of the country... what time of year does it start getting cold? how long to your summers/winters last?

Pam said...

Chris, Your last several posts have been very educational for me and my city bred boy! Shane, who is almost 10, has enjoyed the photos and learning about farm life.

Amber said...

WOW! I don't think I've ever seen a soybean before:O Thanks for the info!

0:) Amber

Midlife Mom said...

I sure had a lot of reading to do to get caught up on your posts! Some very interesting and educational things to read about and learn about your farming. Thanks for sharing all of that with us, it's good to know first hand what the farmers do to get these products to us. My sister has to have almost everything soy as she has fybromyalgia and can't have the regular stuff. It really helps. Now moving cows must be a HARD job, no wonder your daughter would rather run the camera! Take care!!

Janice said...

How interesting! I've never thought about how soybeans are grown and harvested! Thanks for sharing!

jennifer said...

Neat!

Kids and K9s said...

I think this is so interesting... I'd love to be a farmer... (I know it's hard work.. I'd probably last a day!) ~ kim

Coach J said...

I think they used them to make the hamburgers in my school growing up :)
I am so enjoying learning about your farm! :)

Gail said...

Soy consumption may be ok at times, but soy consumption during pregnancy, breast feeding, and when fed 100% of dietary intake from soy-based infant formula can result in irreversible deveolopmental body and brain damaging effects.
It would be nice if these damaging effects to fetus and infants exposed would be posted on the labeling of soy foods, beverages and soy-based infant formula don't you think so too?