The Beans.

The Beans.

Soybeans:  The price of this commodity this summer makes it very hard to give up on and should influence all decisions made. Yields that normally would not be worth dragging a combine through, could easily gross $75 to $130/acre, a "fair" yield $260/acre. Makes you want to hang in there a little longer.

The condition of this crop seems to be all over the board, from burnt up and gone, to there is still hope.  Most of the full season, early planted beans are toast.......but just as you make a generalization about them I have seen two quarters of full season beans that were trying to bloom at about 8 inches in height, catch a tiny little bit of moisture and experience a small growth spurt (enough to probably harvest without building new terraces) and set some pods.

The double crop beans that accidentally catch some of the spotty rains are trying to bloom and some (most?) have a chance at making enough gross/acre to be worth waiting out and/or putting a little more inputs into them.

On any of them an evaluation needs to be made on the standing beans BEFORE they dry up and defoliate as to whether they can be harvested for hay if not going for the grain harvest.  There is value in the crop even if not harvested for grain. Hay is golden.

Hard to call some of the beans yet and still a long way to go.  We have to set the pods, then fill the pods, but don't want to be too hasty with the termination of the crop. 

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