Seed beans 2016


Early morning greeting by the steers.


Filling our largest bean bin.


Cattle hanging out near the action.


Truck dumping into belt conveyor.


Viewing the unloading process from the bin roof.

Arriving early in the morning, to load soybeans harvested the day before into storage bins, we were greeted by our curious steers. This year we raised one variety for Pioneer that will be sold as seed to farmers in 2017. Seed beans are handled more carefully that other soybeans intended for the processing market. The combine is set to thresh the soybeans as gently as possible. We use a belt conveyor to fill the storage bins as well as fill the trucks that pick up the beans during the following winter. Growing beans for seed will provide a premium that compensates for the extra time incurred plus a good profit for the grower.



Aphid scouting

Soybean aphid scouting 2Early August is prime time for scouting for soybean aphids. We try to get through our soybean fields with the pickup so we can thoroughly scout. Our 2005 Toyota Tundra is about 4 inches narrower than a full size pickup so it fits well down the 30 inch soybean rows. The high clearance is easy on the tall beans. We did push it a little too late this year though and drove down some beans that were starting to lodge. Soybean aphid scouting


Farming is also a Small Business!

     As a farmer today, we need to be advocates for our businesses. We don’t do this alone but belong to many other advocacy groups as well. Our farm is a member of ag related groups such as MN Farm Bureau, MN Corn Growers and MN Soybean Growers. Sometimes we need to think more outside the box when we’re looking for others with similar goals as ours. Farmers may not think of themselves as part of the “Independent Business” group but we all are an independent business. Any business on it’s own cannot stand up to the onslaught of what the government keeps throwing at us. Some of this comes via legislation while others come from judges writing laws when they shouldn’t be. While the corn, soybean, wheat, cattle, pork and many other ag groups do a great job at what they do, our farm business has chosen to go outside the “ag” world to the Small Business world by become members of the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) as well as the US Chamber or Commerce. Nothing has strengthened my faith more in these groups than a recent article in the US Chamber Quarterly (Summer 2015). The article link below is worth your time to read. It encompasses so many of the things I believe in and am concerned about as a farmer. A second, reaffirming article came via email. It goes with the cattle photo above. Here’s the link.

Today’s issues can be attacked with tomorrow’s solutions–and the workforce of the future. The Talent Pipeline Management (TPM) initiative explores ways to transform the relationship between educators, workers, and business leaders to ensure that America has the workforce it needs to compete in the 21st century.

Source: Working on the Future of Business | U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Can you say “tall beans!”?


Lance in the tall soybeans.


Dennis shows the soybean height.

We spent part of a day last week hand weeding soybeans. It was quite the experience when we found beans up to our armpits. These are much harder to walk through but we managed. Eventually we were rained out with a, much welcomed, 2.5″+ rain over a couple of days. This will go a long ways in filling the pods and ears on this year’s crop. We are still finding soybean aphids in the field that we sprayed a few weeks ago. So farm the levels do not warrant a second round of insecticide.


Helicopter giving workers parts.

As we walked the field we also were entertained by the power company workers adding stabilizer bars to the new power lines on the north edge our our field. Workers dangled from the three levels of lines and attached equipment that was fed to them by helicopter. Suddenly we saw the helicopter pluck each worker off the line and fly away with them dangling on the long line. We didn’t know what brought on this sudden whisking away of the workers until the rain started to fall on us. They were keeping a better eye on the weather that I was, I guess.