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Soybeans Growing.
Soybeans Growing.

Soybeans Growing Information For Beginners

Soybeans Growing:

The following is all about Soybeans Growing.


Soybean’s  botanical name is Glycine max and it originated in china. Soybean accounts for “50%” total production of oil seed crops in the world. A very small proportion of the crop is consumed directly by humans. Soybean products are appeared in a large variety of processed foods. Soybeans, like most legumes, perform nitrogen fixation by establishing a symbiotic relationship with the bacterium Rhizobium japonicum. Soybean is the richest, cheapest and easiest source of best quality protein and fat and having a vast multiplicity of uses as food and industrial products and hence called as wonder crop. Soybean serves as an important fat and protein source for large population. It contains 20% oil and 40% high quality protein. Large number of dishes are prepared using soybean. It is used for making high protein food for children.


Soya Beans Health Benefits.
Soya Beans Health Benefits.
  • Soybeans are an important global crop, providing oil and protein.
  • It contains an about 20 per cent oil and 40 per cent high quality protein.
  • It contains a good amount of minerals, salts and vitamins (thiamine and riboflavin) and its sprouting grains contain a considerable amount of Vitamin C.
  • A large number of Indian and western dishes such as bread, `chapatti’, milk, sweets, pastries etc., can be prepared with soybean.
  • It can be used as fodder, forage can be made into hay, silage etc. Its forage and cake are excellent nutritive foods for livestock and poultry.
  • Soybean is being the richest, cheapest and easiest source of best quality proteins and fats and having a vast multiplicity of uses as food and industrial products is sometimes called a “wonder crop”.


  • Soybean is used as processed products such as soy flour, protein products, and fermented food products.
  • Other products: are Beverage, whole milk, milk extender, Coagulated products like panneer.
  • Fermented products: soy-sauce, yogurt, cheese etc.
  • Sprouted cooked beans – fried and roasted nuts.
  • Fortified foods like – bread, biscuits, cake etc.
  • Substitute products like bison, frozen desert.
  • Textured products like nuggets, chunks etc.
  • High protein biscuits + granules.


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Basically it is a tropical crop but extends to subtropics and temperate climates. Soybean is short day plant, but response to day length varies with variety and temperature. The suitable temperature is 26.5 °C to 30°C appears to be optimum for most of the varieties. Optimum temperature for germination is 30-35°C. The Maximum flowering occurs at 30°C.


Soybean can grow in red soils, black soils, and alluvial soil. Moderately salt tolerant. It is sensitive to water logging especially during early stages. Optimum soil pH range is 6 to 6.5. Moderate polarized soil is need for soybean crop.


Soy Germination.
Soy Germination.

It depends upon germination percentage, seed size and sowing time. If seed is of 80 per cent germination, 70kg to 80 kg seed per hectare is required. For late planting and for spring crop, seed rate should be 100 kg to 120 kg per hectare. Since soybean lose its viability in 2 to 3 months, hence higher seed rate: 75 kg per ha or 25 to 30 kg/acre is to be given.


The spacing is given for soybean crop for heavy soils is 45cm x 5 cm and for the light soils is 30 x 7.5 to 8 cm. Depth of sowing should not be more than 3cm to 4 cm under optimum moisture conditions. If seed is placed deeper there is crust formation just after sowing, the seed germination. Seed drills are used in large areas, and sowing in ridges are to be followed under irrigated condition may be delayed and may result in a poor crop stand.


Mixed cropping of soybean with maize and sesamum has been found feasible and more remunerative.


  • Soybean + maize.
  • Soybean + pigeon pea.
  • Soybean + finger millet.
  • Soybean + cotton.
  • Soybean + groundnut.
  • Soybean + sorghum.
  • Soybean + pearl millet.

Some of the common rotations followed in north India are as given below:

  • Soybean – wheat.
  • Soybean – potato.
  • Soybean – gram.
  • Soybean – tobacco.
  • Soybean – potato – wheat.


Seed is to be treated with Thiram (2g) + Carbendazim (1 g) or Thiram (3 g) + Imidachloprid (5 g) or Carbosulfan (30 g / 8-10 kg of seed).


  • For obtaining good yields, you should apply 15-20 tonnes of FYM or Compost per ha.
  • But soybean being a legume crop has ability to supply their own “N” needs provided they have been inoculated. As a starter dose application of 20 to 30 kg N per ha in low fertile soils. Light soils 20 + 40-60 + 20-40 + 20 kg N P K S /ha.
  • Soybean require relatively large amounts of phosphorus than other crops. Phosphorus is taken by soybean plant throughout growing season. Period of demand starts just before pod formation and continues until about 10 days before seeds are fully developed. With the application of phosphorus, the number and density of nodules are stimulated and the bacteria become more mobile.
  • Soybean also require a relatively large amount of potassium than other crops. The rate of potassium uptake reaches to a peak during the period of rapid vegetative growth then slows down about the time the bean begins to form.


The soybean crop generally does not require any irrigation during rainy season. However, if there were a long spell of drought at the time of pod filling, one irrigation would be desirable. During excessive rains, proper drainage is also equally important. The crop responds to irrigation in intensive cropping system. Due to deep tap root system with 1.8 m deep withstands moisture stress for short periods. Under soil moist stress, Flower drops, but due to “extended period of flowering,” late formed flowers will compensate early flower drop. Critical stages of crop are flowering and pod development stages are sensitive stages for moisture stress. The scheduling of irrigation is at 50 DASM or at IW/CPE 0.6. Irrigation in Light soils can be given once in 10 to 12 days, in heavy soil at an interval of 18 to 20 days. Irrigated by check basin or border method, but furrow method is ideal. Under Water scarcity conditions, sprinkler irrigation and alternate furrow can be followed. WUE (water using efficiency) is 0.4 to 0.7 kg m-3. And water requirement is 450 to 750 mm.

Drip irrigation is most favorable for soybean crop. Fertilizer application can be applied along with the irrigation, the most important is critical stages of irrigation you should not skip the schedule.


First 6 to 7 weeks after seeding is critical period, hence clean cultivation is essential. Since crop is sown in lines/rows, inter cultivation can be done 2 times ,first at 20-30, followed by second at 45 DAS along with manual weeding. For wide range of weeds in soybean, foliage herbicides provide excellent weed control. Pre plant herbicides (PPI) is Fluchloralin 1.0 to 1.5 kg/ha. Pre emergence herbicides are Alachlor (1.5 to 2.0), Acetachlor (1 to 1.5) Metachlor (1 to 1.5) oxyflourfen(0.5 to 1.0). Post emergence herbicides is Quizol fop ethyl (Turgasuper) @400 ml/acre Imzythpyr (250 mg / ac) (pursuit) for broad leaved weeds.


STEM FLY: – Ophiomyia phaseoli

  • Distinct tunnel of stem split open.
  • Death of plant or branches.
  • Pupation is at ground level within the stem. Adult fly exits through a thin semi transparent window.


  • Seed treatment with imidacloprid 3 grams/kg seed gives protection up to 30 days.
  • Foliar spray with acephate 1.5 grams/l liter of water or dimethoate 2 ml/l or monocrotophos 1.6 ml/liter of water.

SOYBEAN LEAFMINER: – Aproaerema modicella

  • Severely infested field presents a symptom as if burnt when viewed from a distance. Full grown caterpillar is green with dark head and pupates within the web.
  • Foliar spray with acephate 1.5 grams/liter of water or chlorpyriphos 2.5 ml/liter of water or quinalphos 2 ml/liter of water were effective measures.

WHITEFLY: – Bemisia tabaci

  • Both nymphs and adults suck sap from undersurface of leaves, excrete honeydew. Damaged leaves show uniform bronzing.
  • Foliar spray with acephate 1.5 grams/litre of water or triazophos 2 ml/liter of water or profenophos 2 ml/liter of water were effective measures.


When plants mature, leaves turn yellow, start dropping, pods dry out quickly. There is a rapid loss of moisture from the seed. At harvest, the moisture content of the seeds should be 15 per cent. Harvesting can be done by hand; Plants are uprooted, or cut with sickle above ground level. After cutting, plants are heaped and sun dried for a day or two. Threshing is usually done by beating with sticks or using mechanical threshers. Threshed produce is winnowed to separate seeds from chaff. Cleaned seed is dried for 1 to 2 days. Seed is stored in moisture proof bags / seed bins.


Soybeans Yield.
Soybeans Yield.

The Average yield of soybean crop is 25 grams/ha. Threshing is usually done by beating with sticks or using mechanical threshers. Threshed produce is winnowed to separate seeds from chaff. Cleaned seed is dried for 1 to 2 days. Seed is stored in moisture proof bags / seed bins. The seeds are treated with Thiram @ 2 grams/kg and packed in 300 gauge thick poly lined gunny bag or ordinary gunny bag to maintain germination of 70% for 8 months.

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