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The Importance of Crop Rotation

You talk to any farmer across the nation, and most will agree the importance and benefit to crop rotation. Crop rotation plays an important function in farming. Utilizing a crop rotation can help keep pests and diseases under control,  help to maintain soil quality, and ensure enough nutrients are available to different crops each year.  Here in North Dakota, we have the opportunity and ability to plant a variety of different crops. In fact, North Dakota has a history of diverse crops; someone like…

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Recipes Sides Thirty Days of Food

Edamame and Rice Casserole featuring Parsley Farms

I added edamame and soybeans to my regular cooking when I was challenged this summer doing my Crop of the Month series when I featured soybeans. I decided to make a hybrid of a rice casserole I featured last year during Thirty Days of Food and included edamame in it too! Luckily, I found a soybean grower from Minnesota willing to be featured! Meet Drew of Parsley Farms!  FOOD GRADE SOYBEANS: DREW OF PARSLEY FARMS Minnesota When did you start…

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Crop of the Month Recipes Salads Sides

Wild Rice and Edamame Sriracha Salad

As I am experimenting more and more with soy products during my Crop of the Month series, I am finding more and more uses for them. Really, shelled edamame can be added to anything. Rice pilaf, salads, stir fry. The uses are endless. They’ve become a great staple for me in the kitchen.  This is a quick salad I literally threw together in 10 minutes. The trick to this salad is you’ve got to let it sit and marinate in…

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Soybean Growth Stages

I hope you all have been enjoying the Crop of the Month posts! Many of you enjoyed the wheat growth stages post I wrote so I wanted to do the same for soybeans. I’ve already shared a little bit about the history of soybeans here in the United States as well as some great recipes including soy ingredients.  Why Do We Grow Soybeans? Soybeans are not a crop that was typically grown here in North Dakota, but yet in 2014 North…

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Flour Tortilla Soft Soy Tacos with Sweet Potatoes

Continuing my journey into soy foods, I discovered a product called textured soy protein (TSP) or sometimes it is called textured vegetable protein (TVP). In a nutshell, TSP is a defatted soy flour product that is a by-product of extracting soybean oil. It is extremely quick to cook with a protein content far greater than which comes from meat. Hence the reason why many people use TSP as a meat extender or replacement. TSP has a texture that resembles ground…

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Crop of the Month Soybeans

Soybeans: The Miracle Bean

Soybeans. What comes to mind when you think of soybeans? For me it is typically tofu. Today, soybeans are the United States’ second largest crop in cash sales and the number one export crop, with about 40 percent of the world’s soybean trade originating from the U.S. Here in North Dakota, soybeans production has taken off making North Dakota a major player in the U.S. soybean production. In the last 20 years in North Dakota, soybean production has increased by…

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Soybean and Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Crop of the Month series and back and this month it is all about soybeans!  We grow soybeans on our farm because they are a great stable crop for our area. Soybeans allow us to maintain good weed control as well as are a pretty tolerant crop. We need a crop that can be seeded into wheat residue that has the potential to be wet and soybeans allow us to seed in a wide range of planting dates. I will…

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Crop of the Month Introduction

Beginning in June, I will be starting a new series I’m calling Crop of the Month. We grow four different crops on our farm: wheat, corn, soybeans, and sunflowers. We grow these crops, honestly, because we have the opportunity to do so. Planting a variety of crops for our operation lowers our risk. What I mean by that is that in our area we can have a great short season and a bad long season or vice versa. In turn,…

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Recipes Salads Thirty Days of Food

Spinach Gorgonzola Edamame Salad featuring Philip Shaw

I know mostly around here the ladies dominate my readership, so I appreciate it even more when the gentlemen give me support. One of those gentlemen is Philip. Philip was one of the first people I interacted with in social media. He has been such a support not only during my time in social media, but also in my writing and my marriage. Philip is a well-traveled and extremely well versed man  farmer from Canada whom I have a great deal of respect…

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What Does That Sign in the Field Mean?

I don’t really recall this happening much in California when I lived there, but since moving to the Midwest, there comes a time of the year when all of a sudden all these signs show up on the outside of fields. They often look something like this… So what does that sign in the field mean?  First, let’s talk about how to read the sign. A crop sign usually tells you three different pieces of information. 1. The Seed Company:…

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