Soybeans Are Ready For Harvest

On May 6, the last of the soybeans were planted for this year. (Click here to see how the beans were planted.)

They came up about a week later, and grew and grew all through the summer months. Here they are as young plants.

Finally they set on bean pods, and the plants died back. Now that the plant’s moisture has gone down, and the beans are dried out, they are ready for harvest.

The leaves have dropped off leaving bean pods hanging from the stalks.

Here’s one of the pods.

Split the pod open, and here are the beans.

Harland, my hubby, had to switch the heads out on the combine. He took off the corn head as he finished the corn harvest last week, and put on the bean head. Different heads are required to harvest different crops. Here is a corn head,

and here is the head used for cutting the soybeans.

It’s the same head that was used earlier this summer to harvest the wheat.

Come back tomorrow, and I’ll show you the soybean harvest.

The beans will be waiting for ya’.


—–>Up Tomorrow: Come along into the field and join in the soybean harvest.


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Cattle, corn, wheat, beans, mud, snow, ice, and drought. Plenty of fresh air and quiet. Our life is sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes joyous, but never boring.

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21 Responses

  1. My father never grew soybeans but one of his renters does. It’s been interesting watching them mature. I had no idea soybeans are so HARD.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    I just need to tell you how much I enjoy your pictures! I looked up your husbands pictures and they are just as wonderful. It looks like we will be leaving Oklahoma and when we get a new home (someday) I am going to order one to hang in the entryway. Thanks for taking the time to take the pictures and write about your crops so we can enjoy your farm!!

    • Suzanne says:

      Hi Elizabeth,
      Well thank you so much. I love taking pics and sharing them and our way of life with everyone. And I’ll pass your compliments along to Harland as well. Thank you!

  3. Lee Ann L. says:

    Cool! I’m not a fan of soybeans; but, the process of of harvesting is interesting.

  4. Sally Bishop says:

    It is amazing how soybeans are used, ways I would never have guessed.

  5. Peggy says:

    You should see the beans in Eastern NC. The plants are just as green as ever. I really love your farm stories.

  6. Pattie says:


    Just wanted to drop a line and say I love your blog, it is one of my favorites!


  7. Because I always look forward to your photos and trips, I have nominated you for a lovely blog award:

  8. Kerry Hand says:

    I love the misty golden light in these photos. Kerry

  9. Lola says:

    this is very interesting! Thank you for teaching us about farming – it’s really nice to know where our food is from and what a lot of work has to be done for bringing it in. You and your hubby are the salt of the earth! Hugs, Lola

    • Suzanne says:

      Hi Lola,
      Oh thank you so much. We enjoy farming, and are proud of what we do. And I so enjoy sharing it with you.

  10. Pam Clark says:

    I sure have been enjoying your blogs about harvesting. Takes me back many years to my Grandparent’s farm. The equipment has changed just a wee bit though.

  11. I like how those bean pods look…the little fuzziness…and the tiny little beans…how cute are they! I like the color too. This was a very intereting post as I know nothing about soy beans. Thanks for sharing and teaching!!

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