Amber Waves of Bean: The Beauty of Soy

Soybeans Ready for Harvest near Whitewater, Wisconsin
Field of ripe soybeans with family farm in the background

Soybeans Ready for Harvest near Whitewater, Wisconsin

This is a remarkable time of year in southern Wisconsin. The changing colors of the leaves capture one’s attention, but I also like looking at the crops ready for harvest, especially the soybeans. Wisconsin is ranked 13th in the nation for soybean production, and Rock County (where I live) produces more soy than any other county in the state. I like driving the back-roads through farm country where I can enjoy the patchwork of yellow, gold, and green soybean fields. We have mile after mile of rolling farmland quilted by soybeans and corn.

A long view of a field of ripe golden soybeans all the way to the tree line on the horizon.

Soybeans in Rock County near Janesville, Wisconsin

I’m not a farmer, but I appreciate what they do. To my eye their creation is beautiful.

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