95 days, determinate — The plants are about two feet in height and have white flowers. The seed coats and hilums (eyes) are both reddish-brown in color. According to the USDA, they contain about 44% protein and 18% oil.
Developed and released by E. E. Evans, of West Branch, Michigan, in 1902. First calling it 'Evans' Crossbred No. 9', he renamed it 'Ogema', which the market found confusing, so it was eventually renamed 'Ogemaw', after the county of its origin. The USDA accession number is PI 548395. Each packet contains 25 to 30 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.
- "The Soy Bean: History, varieties, and field studies," by Charles V. Piper and W. J. Morse, USDA Bureau of Plant Industry, Bulletin No. 187, 1910.
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