Tag Archives: soybean

Creativity comes in many flavors

Breeding soybean is a fascinating pursuit. There is always some new angle, some new tool to deploy, some new end use to target. And I value the challenge. It never gets boring. There are folks among us who are tasked with finding new uses for things… things such as soybeans. There are new spins on […]

Nails wish they were this tough

On the 9th of November I had to stop over at the shop by the processing tower where I work.  This is a tall building full of equipment to separate soybean seeds from plant debris, insect parts, and other non-seed items.  Pretty industrial.  Concrete and steal all around.  Not the sort of environment one imagines […]

Bravely Buzzing Big Brother Bee’s Bug Biodiversity Boudoir *

Over the last year we (the GP staff) have written about bees on several occasions. And you may be forgiven if you’d thought we’d run through the subject. I thought so. Now this story comes along, and we couldn’t resist. In the course of evaluating soybean germplasm we rely heavily on an instrument (NIRT – […]

Framing Fancy Floating Farms for Futuristic Food

Two recent stories about future milk sources have passed through the lens here at GP… one brought to my attention by a son, and the other through the serendipity of some online source which assumed I might be interested. Battle of the plant milks. The Guardian published a piece1 looking at the various ‘milk’ products […]

Leaves

Gentle readers. Those paying attention may have spotted a trend for timing of the publication of thoughts here over the past many months… they’ve been coming at the end of the month. And those who know me appreciate the degree of procrastination I bring to a writing commitment. I have my reasons, and they work […]

Making crosses

After a long day in the sun, testing one’s fortitude in the hope of making something meaningful I retire to rest so that tomorrow we might try again. At work we are making crosses. Nope, not religious icons. We are crossing different strains of soybean. Beginning the process of developing new and better varieties for […]

Can we be specific?

Someone is showing a photo of a soybean plant on a screen then asking an audience what they are looking at. He corrects anyone who offers “soybean plant” … it is a photograph of a soybean plant. Better still – the digital rendering of a picture onto a screen through software used to make a […]

Five gallons of death

That sounds pretty yucky.  And it should.  Hidden within this bucket are almost five full gallons of dead Japanese beetles (Popillia japonica).  These insects are serious herbivores and in significant numbers can render serious harm. In the face of an outbreak of these fiendish little coleopterans one might choose to spray chemicals, deploy pheromone traps, […]

How much is enough?

The world of global industrial agriculture is a commercial effort on a grand scale. While tempting, it really is too big a boast to suggest industrial ag might feed us all.  Clearly there are billions who feed themselves without a significant contribution from industrial ag interests.  But whether such a grandiose boast is tenable or […]

Some people

In the previous post I mentioned traveling to northern Ohio locations to check on soybean research plots.  If you are not excited by a vast expanse of flat earth festooned with soybean field and corn field followed closely by another soybean field which is in turn followed by another corn field for mile after mile and […]