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Getting Ready for Harvest in the Northarvest Area
August 21, 2008

Dry bean harvest will soon be in full swing across the Northarvest region. All across Minnesota and North Dakota, farmers and elevators are monitoring their fields. Rain is needed in most areas, which could make the difference between an average or below average yield.

Harvest will be starting late this year, up to two weeks in some areas. With prices strong, most are hoping this year will turn out in their favor. Observations of area farmers and managers:

ADM Edible Bean Specialties, Inc. Galesburg, ND
-- Beans grown in the area: navies, pintos, blacks The beans are short. They look like they are a little bit late but overall they look good. We anticipated harvest to be a little late this year, probably a week to 10 days. We anticipate an average harvest compared to last year.

Barlow Grain & Stock Exchange,
Carrington, ND -- Beans grown in the area: pintos. Conditions are fair. They dont have very many grown this year. We are down 75% on our planting. The reason is alternative crops. Looking at the profitability between Nato beans, which is another specialty soybean and other crops, it just didnt look like pintos were the crop to plant.  The moisture is about right, about fair. We could use some, but I dont know of anyone that ever turns away rain. We anticipate harvest to be late, the end of September to beginning of October.

Bird Island Bean Co. LLC,
Bird Island, MN -- Beans grown in the area: navies and kidney beans.  Right now most of the crops look to be very good or average but a little behind. Harvest will be later than last year. We have about an average crop. We have a few fields that will be behind but it seems kind of like the rest of them have caught up. There is some root rot; poorer fields due to root rot from wet conditions in the spring planting. We have some areas that need some rain right now. About half our crop has adequate rainfall and the other half is not hurting yet but we need some rain to make a good crop. We did have a tornado right on the edge of the town where I live, but as far as I know there werent any beans that were damaged from the tornado in the area. I think we are looking at an average crop at this point.

We have areas that are really hurting for moisture right now. The beans kind of like dry heat but to get a really good crop they need rain and without it they will be less than average. We may be a week later for harvest even though some of the fields have caught up.

Central Valley bean Cooperative, Buxton, ND -- Beans grown in the area: pinto, navy, blacks. We had a cooler spring. The beans are about 10-12 days behind. There are some stands that are a little thin but generally the beans look pretty good. The fields are average. We are sitting pretty good for rain right now but we will need more rain as the summer progresses because there is a lack of subsoil moisture. We had quite a crop here last year so the hope for that again is pretty high but I think with these prices and an average yield wed be sitting pretty good.

Colgate Commodities,
Colgate, ND -- Beans grown in the area: northern, navies, pinto, blacks and pinks. Conditions here at Colgate are good -- everything was planted in a timely fashion.

We had a good start and then we got cool, wet weather through most of the end of May and actually most of June so our crop is delayed. It looks really good. The rows are starting to close in; were blossoming but were just a couple weeks behind. No bad weather this year, we missed it. We had all the bad weather last year. The last two weeks the plants have really grown. For moisture we are probably a little bit on the dry side but we are not terrible. It looks good so far if we can get it in the bin.

Green Valley Bean, Park Rapids, MN --- Beans grown in the area: dark red kidneys and light red kidneys.  The conditions are good. Moisture is fine; we just got an inch. As far as harvest, we are slightly late but things are catching up. The growing conditions are perfect. We are not getting these 90 degree screaming hot days in July so our beans are actually having a perfect growing environment right now and have been the whole month of July. They are catching up. We are off a few days but we will not be too far away from normal. Growers will be happy with harvest. Prices are going to be nice and hopefully its a speedy harvest.

Jason Mewes,
Colgate, ND  Beans grown: navies, pintos and blacks. The dry beans in our area are about average. They are a little shorter and not as bushy as it would be in a normal year. We are perfect for moisture at this time. If I had to guess when harvest will be, I would say we are about two weeks behind. We didnt get any hail this year. There was a storm that produced hail about 20 miles north of me, but nothing in my immediate area.

Red River Bean of Oslo, Oslo, MN --Beans grown in the area: pinto, black and small reds. Conditions are behind a couple weeks. We need moisture; its getting dry again. Weve had some rain, spotty here and there but it is dry, we could use some and mainly warmth too. Our crop will be average to a little bit below average because the crop is behind. The stands are smaller too.

St. Hilaire Seed Co.,
St. Hilaire, MN -- Bean grown in the area: pintos and blacks. The conditions of our beans are good overall. There are some fields that have lower stand counts as the earlier beans were crusted over and some of them couldnt get through. So with the lower stand counts we are concerned with the lateness of this crop. A majority of this crop is eight to ten days late. Some fields have lower stand counts and we are concerned that these will compensate and take even longer to mature. But overall I think the crop looks good. As far as moisture, right around St. Hilaire we are adequate. Weve got a receiving station in Devils Lake that could use rain. Compared to last year, the crops will be average.

Don Streifel,
Washburn, ND  Beans grown: pintos. The beans are way behind this year. For the most part, the plants are still very little. I dont know of any beans in the area that are blooming yet. Maybe just a few are starting but most of the beans have a long way to go. There is a good possibility we are going to run out of summer. It is going to be a question mark if we are going to first run out of summer before we run out of water. We are really, really dry here. They actually dont look too bad for their size, it is just they are going to be really late. How much they pod is going to depend on how much rain we will get between now and harvest and what the temperatures are going to be in August. After driving around the area, I noticed that everyones fields are having the same issues. The fields are all the same; they are way behind.

University of NebraskaLincoln Releases Coyne, a New Great Northern Edible Bean
The University of NebraskaLincoln Agricultural Research Division has released the Great Northern Edible Bean variety Coyne tested as NE1-06-12. The University is requesting business plan proposals for the exclusive licensing of the seed production, distribution and commercialization for Coyne. 

Great northern common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) cultivar Coyne (Reg. No., PI) was developed by the
University of Nebraska Agricultural Research Division and released in 2008. This cultivar, tested as NE1-06-12, was bred specifically for enhanced resistance to common bacterial blight (CBB), a major seed borne disease of common bean caused by the bacterium Xanthomonas campestris pv. Phaseoli (Smith) Dye (Xcp), and bean common rust Uromyces appendiculatus (Pers.:Pers) Unger, and for adaptation to Nebraska common bean growing conditions. Coyne is a great northern F7:F8 three-way cross (G95023/Weihing// BMN-RMR-11) developed by the University of Nebraska dry bean breeding program. Coyne has Ur-3 and Ur-6 genes for resistance to common bean rust and carries the single dominant   hypersensitive I gene that provides resistance to all non-necrotic strains of the Bean common mosaic virus (BCMV). Coyne has bright white seed, blooms 44 d after  planting, and is a midseason bean, maturing 90 days after planting.



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