65 to 90 days, determinate — The plants of 'Agate' soybeans are erect, slightly branching, compact, reach twelve to fifteen inches in height, and require no support. Its pods contain two to three, small to medium sized soybeans that are yellowish-tan with a dark red-brown hilum (eye) and saddle. They contain about 47% protein and 18% oil and are a good eating quality bean.
Our parent stock source was USDA, ARS accession number PI 548296. It was collected in Hokkaido, Japan in 1951. Each packet contains approximately 25 seeds.
Sow seeds about one inch deep, three to four inches apart. Although you can plant in rows, they can be planted densely and allowed to form a canopy. This will help control weed growth. Soybeans are tolerant of drought and poor soil since they fix nitrogen. They will, however, benefit from fertile soil.
Soybean flowers are perfect (self-fertile) and cross pollination is almost non-existent, making saving seed easy. Allow pods to fully develop and dry on the plants.
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