"Niche Market" Edamame Vegetable Soybean - March 2011
[Title Slide - "Niche Market" Edamame Vegetable Soybean. Your Arkansas Soybean Podcast, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board.]
[Hank Chaney – Faulkner County Extension Agent] Today we have been discussing the possibilities of edible soybeans [Picture of edible soybeans in a bowl] or specialty type soybeans whereby we might have the opportunity for folks in the Arkansas River Valley [Map of the outline of the state of Arkansas showing soybean production] to produce a crop that is similar to what regular beans would be, [Picture of edible soybean plants] but yet they’re like a vegetable bean as well. [Picture of a soybean field. Slide - Vegetable Soybean - Higher profit potential; "Niche Market"] Hopefully the potential for profits will be somewhat better than what we’re currently looking at with traditional soybean production. We’re just trying to see what we can do to offer an alternative or a niche market to the folks in the valley under a limited type of acreage.
[Picture of a soybean field. Slide - Vegetable Soybean - Same equipment; Custom harvester] The type of production we’re talking about, edible beans or specialty beans, we’re basically using the same type of equipment that the grower already has purchased or has that he’s using to produce conventional or Roundup® Ready beans. The big difference would be that it would be a specialty type of harvester that would have to come in on the particular type of specialty crop that we are talking about today, edamame soybeans.
[Picture of a soybean field. Slide - Conventional bean program; Harveswt at R 6] Edamame production is very much similar in terms of growing regular soybeans. There’d be a conventional soybean instead of a Roundup® Ready technology bean. It would be one in which we would have to pay very close attention to the time frame to cut. We would harvest the bean at growth stage R6.
[Hank Chaney] If you are interested in producing edamame soybeans contact one of the agents in the Arkansas River Valley or you can contact me, Hank Chaney, at the Faulkner County Extension Service.
[Narrator] Your Arkansas Soybean Podcast is a production of the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture and was funded in part by the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board. For more information about soybean farming in Arkansas, contact your local county Extension office.
[Title slide - For more information contact your local county Extension office. Your Arkansas Soybean Podcast, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board]