Growing Soybeans at Bean2Blog Event | At Home With P. Allen Smith

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You know, the thing about is–anybody can grow edamame. Chefs around the country have
become very interested in it. Sure. It's a great health food. And it's just a fresh soybean,
really. Right, and it's really taken hold to– you know, I probably didn't grow up
knowing about it edamame, but all these kids know what it is and what it does, and they're
good for you. They are good for you. You know, and really all you need is full sun and well-drained
soil, and you'll need to fertilize them a little bit. That's correct. And what I like
to do is try and plant a row, and then let those get a week or two old, and then plant
another row, so I've got successive… Sure. Fresh beans that I can pick. Right. Well,
we have to do the same thing in a farm, and I can't harvest everything we produce in one
week, so we try to stagger the varieties out by… Sure, yeah, so you're not too loaded
up. That's correct. I don't think people realize how many products are made from soybeans.
I agree with you. Thousands of them. Thousands of them. Plastics. Paint. All kinds of paint,
you know. Exactly. Insulation of all kinds. And plus, they're delicious to eat. I agree,
fully. I think there's more benefits to come down the road, as we investigate into these
things a little more. You know, we've had a group of bloggers here, and it was interesting
how at the beginning of the day they didn't really know much about the benefit of soybeans
and all the different ways they're being used and how you can integrate edamame into so
many delicious dishes, but I think they really enjoyed it. They have, and I appreciate the
fact they seem to be open to what we were telling and the stories that come out of it,
and it even got to where they were asking more questions about things. Well, they did.
And you know, the idea too is that our soybeans are locally grown. They're grown in this country.
Exactly. And it's a great source of food that's being grown within our borders and feeding
our people and putting our people to work. And you know, my crop is used –lives here
in Arkansas– quite a bit with the poultry industry and our livestock industry, and that
makes you feel good when you know it stays at home. I'm glad you're here. Well, I'm glad
to be here. Yeah, I appreciate you helping me get this row planted. Well, alright. They'll
get to work, so we can go home. That's right. Here we go. So much to soybeans–that's the
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