A dry bean direct harvest meeting on Feb. 6 at Grant is intended to provide updated information to growers who already practice direct harvest, as well as those who are considering it.
Topics will include field preparation, using a planter vs. drilling, weed control, using desiccants, direct harvesting, measuring and evaluating harvest loss, and crop insurance considerations.
The meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. with sign-in at the Perkins County Fairgrounds, 100 Garfield Ave.
Lunch will be provided and the meeting is scheduled to adjourn by 2 p.m.
UNL Extension specialists and educators will discuss different aspects of production that affect direct harvest. Equipment representatives will be giving an update on what is available or coming soon for direct harvest. A panel of growers will discuss their experiences with direct harvest and answer questions.
There are two general types of dry bean harvest systems currently used in North America: the conventional system that utilizes undercutting, rodding, or windrowing, then combining; and the direct harvest system in which the only field operation is one pass of the combines. Some growing regions, including Michigan and the Canadians provinces, are successfully using direct harvest systems for a substantial part of their dry bean production. Very little dry edible bean acreage is currently directed harvested in the central High Plains. But direct harvest is expected to increase in popularity, particularly as more varieties are introduced with upright architecture.
Pre-register by Friday, Jan. 31 by calling Perkins County Extension Office at 308-352-7580. There is no cost for the meeting or lunch. Lunch will be provided for only those who pre-register.
Lunch and refreshments will be provided by Kelley Bean, Jacks Bean, and Trinidad Bean Companies.
For more information, contact John Thomas, UNL Extension Educator based in the Box Butte County Extension Office, at 308-762-5616, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Topics and presenters include:
Preparation What Happens before Harvest (John Smith, UNL professor emeritus, retired machinery systems specialist).
Crop Insurance Concerns (John Thomas, Extension Educator).
Weed Control in Dry Beans as it Relates to Direct Harvest (Robert Wilson, UNL Extension Weed Specialist).
Direct Harvest - Combine Header and Operation (John Smith, UNL)
Use of Desiccants For Direct Harvest (Bob Wilson, UNL).
Estimating Harvest Loss (John Thomas, UNL).
Combine Header Updates (equipment representatives).
Questions to direct harvest growers and discussion (grower panel).