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Natsu Kurakake Soybean

Natsu Kurakake Soybean

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Natsu Kurakake

110 days, determinate — The plants grow twenty seven to thirty inches in height and have purple flowers. The medium-sized, flattened and elongated beans are pale yellow with a black saddle and contain about 18% oil and 45% protein.

The beans can be enjoyed either as a colorful and tasty edamame at about 80 days, or dried after about 110 days. Edamame is a popular snack in Japan, served with beer. Because it has health benefits that other snacks do not provide, it is becoming popular in the United States.

The parent stock was USDA, ARS accession number PI 417187. It was collected in Japan and donated to the National Seed Storage Lab in 1974. Each packet contains 25 to 30 seeds.
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Planting Instructions: Soybeans are a tender plant and should be sown after all danger of frost has passed and the soil has warmed. Planting them at about the same time as corn is a good rule.

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.