Thursday, May 24, 2012

Pinto Bean Planting

There is excitement in GriggsDakota. 
We are starting to plant Pinto Beans, our final crop of the season. 
We like to wait until danger of frost is past. Edible beans freeze easily. We hope we are safe now, although there is a chance of frost in the forecast. 
Farmer Fred is preparing the Pinto Bean ground with our Phillips Harrow. It is 43 feet wide and must be pulled quickly over the field. It stirs the surface but leaves the organic matter on the top where it can serve as a mulch to help minimize crusting. Pinto Beans cannot emerge through a crust of dirt. 
The surface must be soft and moist.
To me this machine looks sharp and dangerous as it rolls along. 
It is a surface blender. It blends surface soil and residue. 
Soon the rock picker and the planter arrive. 
It is important to get the rocks picked. Pinto Beans will be close to the ground when they are ripe and rocks are hazardous to harvest equipment. 
The marker on the planter makes a clear line for Bill to follow as he seeds the Pinto Beans. 
Click Here to visit the post from June 13, 2011 which is when we finished planting last year. 
 The seeds are in the ground and it is still the merry month of May in GriggsDakota.

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