The Miracle Crop
Soybeans are used in a multitude of edible products, animal feed applications, and industrial products. Seeds of the soybean plant (Glycine Max) is approximately 18% oil and 38% protein and is now highly valued as a source of protein-rich meal in animal nutrition products. Like many field crops, soybeans are grown from seed planted in rows in the field. The soybean seeds are mature soybeans that are cleaned and bagged specifically for use as seed. At Wimberly Farms we select seed based on desireable plant characteristics, like high yield, ability to withstand drought, color, or ability to withstand wind and weather. In Maryland, farmers plant soybeans beginning in May and as late as July.