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Cutting Beans in Less Than Ideal Conditions


In this Beck’s Yield Check from northern Indiana, Beck’s agronomist Travis Burnett says not much has changed since last week, except the forecast. HAT Chief Meteorologist Ryan Martin is calling for a string of rain-free days this week.

Below normal temperatures leading to frosty mornings don’t make for good bean cutting weather. Burnett recommends you get aggressive anyway.

“Frankly, there just aren’t enough hours in the day. The days are shortening here and you’re not going to have a lot of time for things to be perfect. Unfortunately, we’re not going to be able to wait until things are absolutely perfect. We’re going to do some things that are less than ideal, but as long as we’re not tearing the ground up too much, as long as we can get the beans separated from the pods, and do a halfway decent job there, I think we go and get it any opportunity we can given the calendar date and number of acres that are out there to be harvested yet.”

Yields on soybeans remain inconsistent in northern Indiana while corn yields have been good.

As you go through harvest, you might already be thinking about next year. Burnett believes every year is a learning opportunity, so sit back and digest what you’ve learned this year.

“But the thing we have to keep in mind is the only guarantee in farming is that next year will be different than this year. The one thing that a lot of guys struggle with, and I’ve been there too, is trying to plan next year based off of exactly how this year went and that’s a recipe for failure because next year will be different. The hybrid, for instance, that did a really good job this year for you may not be the best hybrid for you next year. That’s why it’s important that you work closely with your seedsman, you work closely with your agronomist that you work with and put together a plan to spread out risk.”

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