Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Pinto Bean Harvest

Area pinto beans are looking good this season.
 The harvest has begun.
In GriggsDakota we start with a Pickett One Step. 
The Pickett One Step is part of a line of Pickett Equipment that you can reach by clicking on the link. 
The machine cuts the plant close to the ground which saves nearly all of the beans. It then delivers a folded swath out the side of the machine. 
Two Pickett swaths make a swath for our bean combine.  
 We never want to get very far ahead of the combine. Cut beans are at risk with moisture and wind affecting the beans as they rest in the swaths. 
Harvesting pinto beans is an exact process. Beans can crack or split if too dry when the combines arrive. The vines on which the bean pods grow must be dry enough to go through the combine without wrapping around the machinery.
Often, morning Picketting on a sunny day with a breeze will mean that the beans will be ready in the late afternoon.  
The combines can then move in and harvest before the dew of darkness makes it too difficult.
Once the beans have been removed, there is not much stubble left on the field, but there is often enough beans feed wildlife through our long GriggsDakota winter.