Planting Beans In July

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Normally farmers have their planting equipment all cleaned off and stored away by the end of July, but one farmer in Polk County had to replant his crop a few weeks ago.

Corey Goodhue farms near Carlisle he says, "It makes the season drag on, you know like today, we worked on getting stuff ready for harvest but now we're out, you know, trying to spray 6-inch tall beans that were planted a few weeks ago."

At the end of June, extreme rain flooded the Des Moines river and that in turn flooded the low-laying fields of the Goodhue farm. And they ended up having to replant nearly 700 acres of short-season beans.

Goodhue says, "It falls as an uninsured crop it doesn't count toward our production."

A couple months ago these fields had a good stand of corn and beans, now it has a good stand of something else, "We need to cover the ground as a method of weed control, you know a crop is your least expensive weed control as well as the hope you'll raise something. Bushels is what we sell, how we pays the bills."

The Goodhue's are spraying herbicide on weed-choked beans because the ground until now has been too wet to get equipment in the fields.

He says, "It's a little frustrating like if we're waiting for some ground to dry up and we go on a little weekend trip and you see other farmers out washing machinery off and putting it in the barn and our stuff is still dirty needing to work more."

The beans are mainly for conservation purposes: they form competition against weeds, soak up nutrients that were applied before the crop was flooded, and "We do have wind erosion you know if you have bare dirt typically scour all of that remaining residue you can see it in the ditches so we want to make sure we're covering the soil to protect it as well as we do have nutrients out there so if we can turn that into, even if we can't turn it into grain, it will still help in the long run with organic matter and keeping that where it belongs."

Even though it's unlikely he'll harvest many bushels from replanted beans, Goodhue tries to stay positive, "Yeah so everybody else is enjoying fair-time and we're out working, but the flip side is I guess we farm because we like our job."

Goodhue says all the replanted beans there were seeded after the 11th of July.