Portions of northeast North Dakota and northwest Minnesota got rain this week. Johnstown Bean Company General Manager Dylan Karley says the moisture will help the dry edible beans. “The plants are smaller than normal, but there is a decent stand. The crop won’t make a great yield, the plant structure is too small to hang many pods, but with the rain they should at least put on the first set of beans.” Now is a crucial time. “They’re just starting the flowering stage, when they set pods. If you don’t get water during flowering and pod fill, they won’t hang onto the pods. This week everyone had been looking at the 10-day forecast, seeing 95 degrees and no rain. This was a very critical rain or else we would have seen the crop go backwards quickly.”
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