Soy­bean har­vest sea­son is here

Record Observer - - Opinion - By JUDY E. MELVIN EDELHEIT

Mary­land’s largest soy­bean pro­ducer is Queen Anne’s County. Soy­bean fields are be­gin­ning to show brown or tan col­ors, and soon the crop will be ready for har­vest. This field of soy­beans was planted on June 10.

Farm­ers know when their crops are ready to be har­vested as the days get shorter and tem­per­a­tures get cooler. The leaves turn brown and fall off, ex­pos­ing the ma­tured pods of soy­beans. The soy­bean har­vest will soon pro­duce the seeds that are of oval shape and firm.

Soy­beans, also known as the mir­a­cle bean, have a wealth of hu­man health ben­e­fits with high lev­els of pro­tein, sig­nif­i­cant amounts of di­etar y fiber and an­tiox­i­dant lev­els to boost health in gen­eral.

Most soy­beans are pro­cessed for their oil and pro­tein for an­i­mal feed in­dus­try and a smaller per­cent­age is pro­cessed for hu­man con­sump­tion.

Some fun uses for soy­beans in­clude crayons, soy wax can­dles and cho­co­late cov­ered can­dies.

Also soy­beans are part of the biodiesel mar­ket fuel in­dus­try be­cause of its cleaner­burn­ing prop­er­ties, with re­duced lev­els of car­bon monox­ide, sul­fur and the soot and is biodegrad­able. Soy­bean farm­ing is an en­vi­ron­men­tal and re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

PHOTO BY JUDY E. MELVIN EDELHEIT

Au­tumn is a sec­ond spring when ev­ery leaf is a flower. — Al­bert Ca­mus

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