Monday, September 24, 2018

Soybean Harvest

Soybean harvest is underway!  I realized that I have never blogged about soybeans much.  They don't get much attention from the kids and I.  The kids love watching the corn grow tall, picking ears, and riding in the combine.  My favorite has always been cotton.  <3

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Some of you may only know soybeans from the bag of edamame in the freezer section of your grocery store.  That's totally ok!  As I've said many many times... I didn't know anything about farming before I met Ben.  Now, I consider myself a pro.  HA just kidding...  I can hold my own in a good agricultural argument debate, though.

So the edamame/soybeans that you get from the grocery store are actually immature beans.  Here is a soybean plant, and you can obviously see that the leaves are green.  At this point we are still monitoring the fields, irrigating, and keeping it free of weeds and pests.

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We irrigate soybeans with pivots and row water.  Here is an example of row watering with poly pipe.

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Just like corn, soybeans have to be around a certain moisture level to be ready for harvest.  When they are ready, they look dried up.

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The same combine is used for corn and bean harvest, just the header is changed for each.  The combine spits out the trash, and empties the beans into the tank.

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When the tank is full, the guys dump the soybeans into the grain cart on-the-go, going through the field continuously harvesting.  The grain cart takes it from the field to the semi parked on the end row, or if the bins are close enough, it will go straight to the bin.

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Soybeans are made up of oil and protein.  A small percentage is oil, and a larger percentage is protein.  Most of the protein part is used in feed for animals all around the world.  Everything from cattle feed to fish feed.  The oil is used for many things including crayons, candles, hydraulic fluid, biodiesel, carpet, upholstery materials, ink, and particleboard, and astro turf.  For human consumption, soybeans are used for margarine, chewing gum, soy milk (soybeans that have been soaked, ground up, boiled, and filtered), tofu, cooking oil, flour, salad dressings, mayonnaise, packaging canned food (tuna and sardines), breads, crackers, cakes, cookies, etc.

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Our soybeans in the past have been loaded onto a barge and shipped straight to China.  I don't think that has happened in a while.  They have mostly been sold locally.

2 of my favorite photos of Austin have been taken in the soybeans... <3

Austin's best pics are always in the soybeans.  #mamasgirl #minime #fallfamilyphotos #farmersdaughteraustin 3 years

So that was a peek into harvest. To see a post that I did about corn harvest, click HERE. There are a lot of similarities with the two.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Drugstore Faves

Instead of doing a regular Friday Favorites of random things, I decided to do some drugstore faves. These are things that I buy over and over, or have in the past, and think they're a great bang for your buck!

drustore faves
Essie nail polish in Topless & Barefoot - I love Essie polish so so much.  I buy it all of the time.  This is a great neutral color that I have loved for a while.  The website describes it as soft beige pink.

Cover Girl Shimmering Sands Eyeshadow Trio - I was introduced to this little gem in cosmetology school, and it never disappoints.  I get tired of it and stop using it occasionally, but I always have it in my makeup bag for a quick everyday neutral look.  The middle color is my favorite.  It's so pretty, and these shades look good on all skin tones.  Best of all... it's super cheap.

Beauty 360 Mini Blender Sponges - I'm not a huge fan of using a beauty blender on my whole face, but I do love it for blending and setting concealer under my eyes, thanks to my friend Nicole.  I found these in CVS a while back, and they are the perfect little size for using under your eyes.

Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer - This is not my favorite concealer on the market, but it's a fantastic one to get if you're on a budget and had rather spend more on other things.  It's easy to click up and apply, and doesn't crease during the day.

Loreal Infallible Never Fail Eyeliner - I love this eyeliner.  It doesn't turn blue during the day, doesn't smear off, and is easy to blend.  It doesn't require a sharpener.  It's easy to take off at the end of the day.

NYX Butter Gloss - I have several shades of this stuff, and I love it!!  It's not too sticky and pigmented just enough.  Feels great on your lips.

Batiste Dry Shampoo - I know this is not a new revelation for anyone.  However, let me just say that I so appreciate the fact that this is a drugstore product, and not a salon product.  Mostly because when I use dry shampoo, I have to use a TON of it, so buying salon brands can get expensive.  I love that Batiste has a dark version for dark brown hair too.

Revlon Colorstay Creme Eyeshadow in 710 - I am normally not a creme eyeshadow fan.  I was introduced to this product a while back from one of my favorite beauty bloggers, and decided to give it a try.  It's a beautiful color, and surprisingly easy for me to apply and blend with my fingers.  When worn over my regular eyeshadow primer, it lasts all day.

Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Nude Creme - I came across a list of the best drugstore lipsticks, and I pretty much bought them all.  This one was definitely a winner, and as a result, I am now in love with Milani lipsticks.  I have since bought several shades.  This is a great neutral shade for everyday.

Loreal Last Paradise Mascara - This is the BEST drugstore mascara!!!  It is the perfect dupe for Better Than Sex mascara, for a fraction of the price.  They also have a Last Paradise Primer that I recently started using, and LOVE these 2 products so much!  I buy this over and over and can't stop won't stop.

Cremo Shave Cream - Beauty includes hair removal, right?  HA  So a while back I decided to try the Dollar Shave Club.  With my razor and blades, I tried their shave butter, and fell in love.  It made my skin so soft.  I ended up cutting myself really badly with their razor on the first use, and cancelled my subscription immediately, but I was sad to say goodbye to the shave butter.  This is a great sub in it's place, and it's easy to pick up when I'm out, and not have a product that has to be ordered.

Hope y'all go try some of these products if you haven't already!  What are your favorite drug store beauty finds??