Soyabean - Harvesting, Drying And Storage

Harvesting is done when 95% of the leaves have turned yellow to brown and are dropping off. Soybeans can shatter and cause serious yield losses if not harvested on time.
To avoid excessive splitting of seeds when combine harvesting a soybean seed crop, special attention must be paid to adjust the combine. Split seed should also be separated after harvest.

Hand harvesting of soybean seed gives a higher seed quality and reduces yield losses due to combine harvesting. It is done by cutting the stem above the ground level. Harvested plants are put in bags or heaped on a tarpaulin or concrete floor and threshed. It is then winnowed and cleaned. Soybean seed must be stored in a cool, dry place after the moisture content has been reduced to 14% or below. Drying facilities are an essential part of the harvesting and storage system in a large scale production.

Yields of 4.0 metric tons/ha and above are achievable with supplemen

Depots

Chipata Depot
Stand No. 931 David Kaunda Rd
P.O. Box 510695, Chipata
Tel: +260 216 21500
Eastern province

Kapiri Mposhi Depot
Stand No. 911 Great North Rd
P.O. Box 810194, Kapiri Mposhi
Tel: +260 215 271166/74
Central Province

Kitwe Depot
Kitwe Show Grounds
P.O. Box 22196, Kitwe
Tel: +260212 226777
Coperbelt Province

Mazabuka Depot
Lubombo Rd
P.O. Box 670174, Mazabuka
Tel: +260 213 30275
Southern Province