Adams Family Farm was able to harvest a large number of acres of both dark red kidney beans, and also cranberry beans. This has been quite the year of weather for these poor plants having received multiple inches of rain and multiple instances of hail. This weather has greatly impacted our yield potential in a negative way far worse than we had thought. Although most of the edible bean crop was significantly damaged from mother nature, there were still a few quarters of dark red kidneys that persevered and were able to get some nice beans off of them. We still have some of the best producing ground ahead of us to harvest and we are looking forward to it. Over Adams Family Farm’s several acres, most of the ground received 4.5 to 5 inches of rain. Despite being an above average year for rain, the dry beans could have used a LITTLE bit of rain to increase their moisture. In order for dry beans to be in their prime harvesting condition, the beans should be between 14-20% moisture. This ensures minimal damage to the beans. Adams Family Farm was fortunate enough to complete the necessary work that needed to be done prior to the rain. Furthermore, dry beans are some of the most temperamental crop to harvest due to the brittle pods. If the beans were cut and put into rows like the picture to the right shows, the wind-rows get flattened which makes it difficult for the harvest machine to pick them up. Not only is this a problem, but also the more rain falls on the pods the more brittle they become and thus increasing the yield loss due to shelling (the pods break open and the beans fall to the ground).
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Until next week, Chris Adams