The seed soybeans left GriggsDakota recently. Our friends from Pioneer sent trucks and equipment to haul them away.
As with most work this winter, it didn't happen without a struggle. There was snow removal that involved opening a little traveled road and bin sites to clean. The cleared areas were tight and they required assistance from a tractor and chain. It was a long day.
Although a given day in Winter can seem long, the memory of the 2010 growing season feels fresh.
The evening field checks when we enjoyed the company of wildlife.
The soybeans forming in their pods.
The ripening fields of soybeans
The pods fully formed under the canopy of leaves. This is edamame, or fresh soybeans. The pods cannot be eaten and so they are boiled and the soybeans or edamame are squeezed out. They are commonly used in Japanese cooking, although gaining popularity in North America.
We waited for our plants to dry down.
We harvested the soybean fields. It doesn't seem that long ago that we put them into the bins.
A short season, but a long day. Now they have been loaded up and hauled away. We thought that was the end of the story.
Until this card with the Pioneer logo on the front arrived in the mail.
It expressed appreciation for our partnership. Let me assure you, it is our pleasure.