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We received 2.4 inches of rain over the weekend. I
don't think our field will be able to use any of that moisture at
this point. Our field is maturing rapidly now. There aren't many
Wow, it appears that almost all
the leaves are gone now. All the plants in our row are at the R8
stage (95% of the pods have reached their mature color).
first plant has lost its leaves and it's at the R8 stage. The stems
are losing their green color.
second plant, if you will remember, was at the R8 stage last week.
Actually, I was doubting myself and I said it would be at the R8
stage for sure by the weekend. Well, you can see for yourself that
it is definitely at the R8 stage now. Even the stems are brown now.
|This picture may give you a better idea of the mature
plants and pods. Notice the stems are brown, but you might see a pod
or two that still have a greenish color. I bet you're wondering when
we will be harvesting this field, aren't you? What do you
think...one week? Two weeks? a month? Well, I'm guessing we'll
harvest this field within two weeks. So, that means we'll be cutting
soybeans by October 8th. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.
|Here are a couple mature pods. The beans have lost a
considerable amount of moisture and they have shrunk to their mature
size and color. We are waiting for the beans to dry to about 15
percent moisture and for the stems to dry down. Right now the beans
are too wet (That's farmer talk meaning the moisture content is too
high) and if we harvested them now we wouldn't be able to store the
beans (because the high moisture content could cause them to rot).
|I bit this bean in half. It didn't break when I bit
it; rather it smashed apart. So, I'm guessing its moisture content
is somewhere around 25 percent. When I bite a bean and it cracks or
breaks in half, I know the moisture content is about right for