Agate Soybean

Not Available for 2017

Glycine max          65 – 70 days

agate soybean 2013 1000 by 750

 

This heirloom soybean from New Mexico was originally introduced to the U.S. from Sapporo, Japan in 1929. Agate soybean has a very short season and is a great choice if you want to safeguard against late and early frosts. This past summer, I planted this variety on June 14th and started harvesting my soybeans on September 9th. Agate is a small plant, 1 1/2 ft. tall but very productive. The smaller plants make harvesting and threshing very easy. The small beans can be eaten as edamame , or as a dry bean. Agate is very nutritious (especially high in protein), as most soybeans are and has a great flavor. Well worth using to make tofu or other soy foods. Plant the beans in the spring after all danger of frost has passed, 1″ deep and 2″-6″ apart. Harvest when leaves yellow and fall off. The pods should be yellowish-brown and dry. I cut my plants and bring them into my drying shed for a few weeks to dry further on benches before threshing. Threshing is easy using the “pillowcase dance” method. Simply place 4-5 plants into a pillow case and do a little dance on top. The beans will easily come free from the pods. Winnow in front of a fan to remove pods and debris. Since soybeans have a high oil content, I recommend drying indoors for a few more weeks before storing. I consider Agate soybeans to be a valuable staple crop since they are early maturing and well-adapted to harsh, hot, and arid conditions.

Seed Saving: Isolate from other soybean varieties by 25′ for home use, 100′ for pure seed.

Young Agate plants

Young Agate plants

Agate pods filling out

Agate pods filling out

Agate nearing harvest

Agate nearing harvest

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LSB-02
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Agate Soybean
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