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Dry bean yields off from a year ago

Harvest in the Nebraska Panhandle is taking longer than usual, partially because of the extended planting season this past spring.

October 24, 2022

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Beans being harvested
HARVESTTIME: Dry bean harvest is extended this year in Nebraska’s Panhandle, partially because it took longer to get the crop planted this past spring. Hail, hot temperatures and windy conditions have contributed to lower yields, compared to last season.Courtesy of UNL

Dry bean harvest in the Nebraska Panhandle and eastern Wyoming is taking longer than usual this season due to extended planting this spring by growers.

Warm temperatures combined with more windy days this summer contributed to less pods setting on the plants, resulting in lower-than-average yields. Hail was a factor for growers, but it was not widespread.

The Pathfinder Canal breach during the irrigation season was also a factor for growers on the north side of the North Platte River. Dry bean harvest this season should be completed within the next several weeks.

Yields are off

Overall yields this growing season are about 39 bushels per acre, slightly down from previous years. There were about 107,000 acres of dry beans harvested in Nebraska this season.

Nebraska is No. 1 in the nation in great northern dry bean production and No. 2 in pinto and light red kidney dry bean production. Dry edible beans are a major source of protein, vitamins and minerals, and realize a $158.4 million impact to the state’s economy.

John Thomas, Nebraska Extension educator, will present results on the 2022 dry bean on-farm research conducted in the Panhandle on Feb. 15 at the Knight Museum in Alliance, Neb.

More information on dry edible beans can be found at

Stone is a Nebraska Extension water and integrated cropping systems educator. 

Source: UNL

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