#SOL21: Harvest

In cycles of life. it is one of several steps.

  • preparation of soil,
  • sowing,
  • adding manure and fertilizers,
  • irrigation,
  • harvesting and
  • storage.

How do you know it is time?

With soybeans, it’s obvious as a field of green

Becomes a mixture of green and yellow.

Over time the colors fade to brown

As the plants dry out.

Will it rain on the harvest?

What do you know about soybean production?

And within the US, what does it look like?

How many acres are involved in the production of soybeans? Is that up or down for 2020?

Soybeans: for animal and human consumption . . . A food source to feed the hungry around the world . . .

How can we use inquiry to consider new solutions for old problems?


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2 responses

  1. Fran, this struck me for several reasons the biggest one being that when we moved here 32 years ago there was a farmer’s field behind our house. For a few years he planted soybeans and we would watch them go through their stages of growth. The land was then sold and now there is a house and front lawn sitting where once there was a crop. I worry about how much other farmland has been lost to construction.

  2. I see both: residences removed and farmland reclaimed and farmland lost to new homes. It all depends on the location. There are no original buildings left on our family as the farmhouse is now 51 years old. Change . . . More bushels per acre with better growing techniques. Fewer acres needed? Bigger demand? More acres?

    It all depends on prices

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