Soybean harvest season is here
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.
Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. — Albert Camus