John Thomas - Crops Extension Educator
Dry bean harvest underway in Scotts Bluff County Sept. 12, 2018. (Photo by Gary Stone)
With limited precipitation and warm temperatures this week, dry beans turned quickly and harvest has started. Conditions should provide for good data collection from on-farm research of using direct harvesting methods.
Figure 1. Wheat lodging due to wheat stem sawfly. Figure 2 (inset). Wheat stubs remaining in field after sawfly feeding. The sawfly will overwinter in the stub and leave the plant in the spring.
One of the newest challenges to wheat growers is the wheat stem sawfly, which can girdle stems, causing lodging and yield losses. University research may offer a clue to new control practices.
Figure 1. Direct harvesting dry beans equires just one trip through the field at harvest, while the more traditional process requires a windrowing and a harvest trip. compared to more traditional harvesting methods.
Successful direct harvesting of dry edible beans begins with proper seed selection and a level field this spring. See what to consider to help ensure minimal yield loss in making the change.