The soybean is often called the miracle crop. The bushy, green soybean plant is a legume related to clover, peas and alfalfa.
Farmers plant soybeans in the late spring. During the summer, soybeans flower and produce 30-40 pods, each holding three pea-sized beans.
In the early fall, farmers harvest their crop for these beans which are high in protein and oil. A 60-pound bushel of soybeans yields about 48 pounds of protein-rich meal and 11 pounds of oil.
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