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general viewWell, there's no doubt about it ... there are no leaves left now. This field appears to be ready for harvest. Remember, last week the seeds were still a little too wet to harvest. Let's look at our row.
general rowThese plants in our row are completely dry. It was dry and warm over the weekend so the plants dried rapidly. Last week the stems were still a little green, but not so now. 
first plantOur first plant is in the middle of this picture (You can see the plastic tag at the plant base). I couldn't separate the plants without breaking them, so I had to take the picture like this. These plants are ready to be harvested.
second plantOur second plant is in the middle of the picture and it's ready to be cut. This plant is loaded with pods. In fact, I counted just one branch and it contained more than 40 pods. I'll count all the pods in the next few days before we harvest the field. 
mature beansThese seeds are dry enough to be harvested. I bit a couple seeds and they cracked apart. I'm guessing they are about 12 to 15 % moisture. That means the field can be harvested and the seed moisture is low enough that the seed can be stored without any problems. Now, we have to find a combine to harvest this field! What do you think will happen if we don't cut soon? In some cases before the field can be harvested, the pods will split apart and the seeds will fall onto the ground and they won't be able to be harvested. This is called seed shattering. farmers don't like to see that happen because that means they are losing money. 

Soybean Scene

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