Juliuson in Successful Farming
March 29, 2006
The Alan Juliuson family and their production of dry edible beans near Hope, N.D., were featured in the December, 2005 issue of Successful Farming magazine. Juliuson, vice president of the Northarvest Bean Growers Association, was the first farmer in North Dakota to grow great northern beans, the feature by Dan Looker pointed out.
Juliuson noted in the article that in recent years, hes seen soybeans replacing dry edibles, even though North Dakota still produces 48% of the nations edible beans. He said in the article that edibles are a labor-intensive crop that keeps the family well-employed and discourages a lot of competition.
This is a plant that has to have cooler temperatures when it starts to flower, otherwise it gets greatly reduced yields, he said of great northern beans, in the article. Its very time-consuming. Thats why a lot of people dont grow dry beans. It takes a lot of labor, a lot of time. Youve got to babysit this crop.
Juliuson said that dry beans remain their best crop, netting about $100 to $140 an acre, compared to $60 to $70 from soybeans and even less from corn. Thus, the next generation isnt likely to drop beans from the rotation.
The next generation would be his sons, Jeff and Lucas. Alan said in the article that he counts on the revenue from edibles to keep his farm profitable enough to allow his sons to gradually buy out most of the business. The article related strategies in which Alan may pass along the farm to his sons, including a change in business structure (perhaps a corporation, with family members owning shares that would eventually be bought out as well as gifted to the boys) as well as leasing them the farms machinery until its depreciated. Then for a modest price, they would own the machinery.
The article on the Juliusons was one of a series by Successful Farming, focusing on farm families that are transitioning management to a new generation. See the Juliuson feature in its entirety and others in the series online, www.agriculture.com. In the menu at left, under Special Features, click on Farmers for the Future then Transitions Series.
Alan Juliuson, vice president of the Northarvest Bean Growers Association, was featured recently in one of Successful Farming's "transitions" series of articles focusing on farm families that are transitioning management to a new generation. The feature was headlined "Transitions: More than a Hill of Beans." Photo by Doug Hetherington, courtesy Successful Farming.