DJ Buseman - October 2022

Posted: 10/25/2022

DJ Buseman – October 2022

DJ Buseman introduces us to his farm near Canistota. He and his wife Danya raise cattle and sheep and grow crops like corn and soybeans. DJ shows us how they harvest the soybeans and take them to the elevator.


Discussion Topic: When the grain cart was full of soybeans, the scale the soybeans weighed 17,400 pounds. Why do think it’s important for farmers to know the weight of the soybeans?


Discussion Topic: DJ was helping harvest the soybeans. What are soybeans used for?

Soybeans actually have hundreds of uses, from industrial products like engine oil to food products and animal feeds. Soybeans naturally are rich in protein and oil, and they have the highest natural source of dietary fiber, making them a versatile crop in terms of uses. When soybeans are processed, they typically are cleaned, cracked, dehulled and rolled into flakes. The process separates the oil and meal. The oil can be used in food products like salad dressing or cooking oils, or it can be used in countless industrial products. The meal, which contains the protein, can be used in food products or livestock feed.


            Check out this website for more common uses of soybeans.


Teacher Resource: This link has a very good visual of how a combine works.