Soybean Cultivation Process (Jun 20, 2017)

Planting time: Sow soybeans in spring 2 to 3 weeks after the average last frost date when the soil has warmed to at least 60°F. Soybeans grow best where the daytime temperature averages between 60° and 70°F. Plant soybeans in late winter in warm-winter regions. Soybeans are not frost tolerant.

Water and feeding: Keep planting beds evenly moist until soybeans have pushed through the soil. Water regularly during flowering and pod formation. Avoid overhead watering which can cause flowers and pods to fall off. Mulch when the soil warms to greater than 60°F to conserve soil moisture. Add aged compost to planting beds in advance of planting. Side dress soybeans with aged compost at midseason. Avoid adding nitrogen-rich fertilizers to planting beds. Soybeans, like other legumes, set up a mutual exchange with soil microorganisms called nitrogen-fixing bacteria to produce nitrogen compounds used by the plant.

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