Tag Archives: Soybeans

Our Crop Consultant Pulling Soil Samples



Setting up the grid for the field in his computer.


Unloading the ATV


Probing about 8 inches deep.


It takes 5 probes around a GPS point to make up one “sample” bag for the lab to test.


Yes, he has a GPS bubble on his ATV. He finds the points on the grid that way. He samples every 2.5 acres.


GPS readout around a point.


Heading to the next point.



He sampled 680 acres in less than 12 hours.

Alfalfa and Soybean Updates

I’ve been lax on giving you soybean updates. The road we normally use to get to the field has been closed since the beginning of July with a bridge out, so I don’t find myself going by very often. So, here is a picture of what the bean field looks like now. The leaves have been turning yellow and falling off the stems, so harvest is not far behind – probably less than two weeks.

Soybean field


The crew came in an mowed our fifth cutting of alfalfa the other day. They are merging and chopping this afternoon. My camera has a dead battery so you won’t see that for the last time this year!

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The soybeans are coming up

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You can just see the seed starting to push the dirt out of its way.

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The one on the right is still working its way up while the two on the left have broken through.

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I always think it’s amazing how that little plant can move so much heavy dirt.

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Here a seed didn’t get planted under the dirt and the one next to it did.

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You can “row” the beans. That means you can just see the whole row of plants at once.

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Planting Soybeans


This is the 30 foot soybean drill. The rows are planted 7 inches apart whereas corn is planted 30 inches apart.


Filling the drill with soybeans from the “buggy”. It’s so much easier this way than with bag after bag after bag.


Richard is aiming the tube right where the seed needs to go.


You can see all the rows for the beans.


You can hardly see him, but Troxells brought their dog along for the ride and he was watching very intently as everyone worked.


The soybean seed is green for the same reason the corn seed is pink – insecticide to keep the bugs from eating it.


The drill holds about 45 acres worth of seed.


The buggy has a scales in it and we are charged by how many pounds of seed we use. Thanks, Troxell Brothers, for helping to keep us supplied!


Our fields were a little wet yet, so Richard planted around the worst of the wet spots. It’s just time to plant whether it’s perfect conditions or not. When these places dry out he’ll go back and plant them. It’s about 25 to 30 acres out of the 165 of soybeans. I hope these ducks are enjoying the pond!