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Dry Bean Scene

The wet weather in 2019 had a major impact on dry bean production in the Northern Plains. Despite the ups and downs, farmers remain optimistic ahead of the 2020 planting season. Get the details in the Dry Bean Scene on the Red River Farm Network, made possible by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.

Dry Bean Scene

Warm and dry weather is allowing farmers to get the dry edible bean crop in the ground. Kelley Bean Company general manager in Minnesota and North Dakota John Bartsch says the start of planting was later than usual. A few acres have been switched from soybeans to dry beans. Get the details in this week’s Dry Bean Scene on the Red River Farm Network.

Farmers Waiting to Start Fieldwork

The recent snow and rain has delayed spring fieldwork. At Hatton, North Dakota, Dean Nelson of Kelly Bean Company says the area received around an inch of rain in the latest system. “Prior to that, I hadn’t really seen anybody out doing fieldwork in the immediate area.”

Nelson says farmers are anxiously waiting for a planting window. Once warmer weather arrives, corn will be the first crop to go into the ground. “I know farmers would really like to get it planted in the first couple weeks of May. We can plant dry beans and soybeans into the second week of June, so I don’t foresee much impacted there.”