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Raising Farm Fresh Pinto Beans

Soil Preperation: The 1st tillage pass(to kill weeds) with the offset disk is performed in the middle of April. The second tillage pass(to kill more weeds) with the offset disk is performed the first of May. The soil is then irrigated the middle of May to sprout more weeds prior to the final tillage pass. The final tillage pass with the offset disk is performed a week after irrigation. During the final tillage pass chemical is incorporated into the soil to keep weeds from sprouting and growing.

Planting: The pinto beans are planted between the last week in May and the 10th of June. They are planted with a six row John Deere planter. The pinto bean rows are spaced 22" apart. They are planted 3" apart within the rows which is equal to a rate of 60-70 pounds of pinto beans per acre.

Weed Control: The pinto beans are cultivated(to control weeds and hill up the rows to aid harvest) using a 6 row/7 shank John Deere cultivator. The first cultivation is performed the last week of June or the first week of July. If necessary the pinto beans will be cultivated one or two weeks later.

Harvest: Once the pinto beans have ripened sufficiently the plants are cut off just below ground level using our 6 row "Bowman Made" Bean Cutter. The cutter cuts the plants from 6 individual rows and moves them into 3 rows of 2. Once the pinto beans have dried completely we use our John Deere bean combine to pick up and thrash the 3 rows of 2(6 individual rows). Once the pinto beans are thrashed they are put into our C60 Chevy Truck and hauled to a warehouse. The pinto beans are then sold.
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Below is a comparison between our Farm Fresh Pinto Beans and pinto beans that are more than two years old.
The pinto beans on the left are the ones that were harvested this year(Farm Fresh Pinto Beans) and the pinto beans on the right are the ones that are more than two years old. Farm Fresh Pinto Beans cook faster(45-60 minutes compared to up to 8 hours with old beans), taste better, produce less GAS :-), and look better.

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