Growth Time Lapse




The field was harvested on September 20 and yielded 65 bushels an acre! Check out these awesome photos from Colby!






Nearing Harvest!!

Sept 3



The field nearing maturing! Colby said it will be one of the first fields they harvest!! Stay tuned!

Progress! and Bad news!

Here are some photos from last Thursday, August 14. Things were looking pretty good! I did find Japanese Beetle hanging out. Pesky thing. Here is a LINK for more information about those!

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The bad news- In our area we’re starting to see what is called “Sudden Death” in some soybean fields. It is what it sounds like. Here is more information on that.

Below is a photo of what sudden death in a field might look like:

Soybean Sudden death


What do you do with all those beans?!

Some folks might be wondering why soybeans are grown and specifically why they are grown here. As a fellow consumer I can understand this question. I mean, we don’t go to the produce section of the supermarket and see a lot of soybeans! Well, you might. You might see something called “Edamame” which is a fancy word for soybeans. Most of the time they are found in the frozen section but sometimes you can find them fresh! You might also find toasted soybeans which are commonly called soynuts.

Soybeans are grown for a variety of products.

Soybean Uses


This graphic is courtesy of the Soybean Checkoff board. Click the image to see it in more detail!

New Time Lapse

Colby has a new time lapse video for us! Check it out!



Below are some photos from the field taken on July 6th.  The field is looking great! They will be close to R3 stage next week. The R3 stage is when we’ll start to see the beginning of the pods! If you’ve ever eaten edamame- that’s what the pods look like! Edamame are soybeans!

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The field was sprayed with roundup on June 21st to rid the field of unwanted weeds. This is a photo of waterhemp that was growing in the field and has since been treated with roundup. Farmers treat field with herbicides such as roundup on a field by field basis. For more information on waterhemp in fields, check out this link.


Next week the field will be sprayed with a fungicide to help boost the yield of the soybean plant. Fungicide helps reduce the disease pressure which reduces any stress on the plant so that the plant can then in turn focus all its energy on producing seeds. Here is a good link for information on spraying fungicide.


Do you have questions about anything you’ve seen here? Email Sarah at mcdfb (at)




Growth Update!

Here are few photos of the field from last week on June 20th!




Also- Colby put together a time lapse of the field thus far.




Planting Map

Planting Map

Above is a photo of the planting map of our field. Click the link below to see the full map. Fun trivia for the day: How may soybean seeds do you think were planted in this field???





20,645,683 seeds!!! Incredible!


14 HBSwart Planting


Welcome to Follow a Field 2014!!

This year we’re following the same field as last year! This year, Hunt Farm is growing soybeans in the field! But that isn’t the only thing that has been growing. After the corn was harvested last year, a cover crop of cereal rye was planted. Cover crops are used for a variety of reasons including adding organic matter to the soil and preventing erosion. Click the link for some more information about cereal rye.

Before planting the soybeans, the rye was killed and a variable rate fertilizer was applied. When something is applied at a “variable rate,” it means what it sounds like. The field receives just as much fertilizer as it needs in individual spots. So the northern part of the field might receive a different amount of fertilizer than the southern part of the field does. The use of this technology on farms has proved to be a big money saver for farmers!

Pelletized municipal waste from Chicago was also applied on the field.  That’s code for “People Poop” friends! Yes!! It’s true! How cool is that!? So to all of our Chicago friends- keep doing what you doing!! You’re part of agriculture and you didn’t even know it! Click the links for more information here, here &  here !

The soybeans were planted in soil that was not tilled, commonly called “no-till.”

The field was planted on May 6, 2014





Above are photos of the field on May 28, 2014

Here is a photo from June 6, 2014

June 6th