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The soybean plant is an annual legume native to Eastern Asia and grown in many countries around the world. Soybean grow 24 inches to 60 inches tall and prefer well drained loamy soils with a pH of 6.0 - 6.8 but will tolerate a variety of soil types as long as the soil is not poorly drained or excessively wet.
As a food source for wildlife, soybeans are an excellent source of protein, carbohydrates, and fats, making them a popular choice for a variety of animals, including deer, turkey, and various birds. The leaves and stems of soybean plants are also highly nutritious, providing a source of forage for grazing animals.
Soybeans can also be used as a cover crop. As a legume, soybeans fix nitrogen in the soil, reducing the need for synthetic fertilizers and improving soil health. Soybeans have deep roots that help to break up compacted soil, allowing for better water infiltration and retention.
Common Name: Soybean
PH Range: 6.0 - 6.8
Rate Per Acre: 20 - 40
Planting Dates: 4/15 - 6/1
Seeds Per Pound: 4,500
Bushel Weight: 60