Did you every wonder where your grocery store produce comes from. My cousin planted 900 acres of blue lake bush beans a few weeks ago in southern Illinois.
My 2 cousins both farm about 2000 acres of land each. Dick only owns 10 acres of land but share crops 2000 acres. Joe owns 40 acres of land and share crops 2000 acres of land too. I know they have 900 acres of blue lake bush beans and 500 acres of silver queen sweet corn. I was told all the reset is field corn. I would be willing to bet they have the sweet corn planted more than a mile away from the field corn. Farming has changed a lot since I lived on the farm in the 1950s and 1960s. It use to take me 2 weeks to plow, disc and plant 20 acres when I was 16 yrs old, I was in the field from sun up to sun down every day 6am to 9pm for 2 weeks. Now days with 32 row chisel plow and planter they plant 250 acres with each tractor every day. 4 tractors can plant 1000 acres every day. I remember my grandfather use to listen to the weather forecast of the radio all day, we had no TV, he was looking for a window of opertunity, no rain, warm temperatures and full sun so we could plow, disc then plant. When the time came I would drive all day and someone else would drive after dark with the lights on if need be. We worked around the clock trying to get as much planted as possible before the next rain. I have been away from farming for 50 years I don't know all the details about high tech farming these days. When I graduated from high school then college I left farm country and never looked back. Now I miss it. I wish I had about 1 area of land and a tiny 2 bedroom house right in the center of farm country. I would almost pay somone to spend the summer farming with them, I am missing it. 50 years ago the land owner got 1/3 of the crop, the share crop farmer got 2/3, now days the land owner gets a flat rate fee $400 per acre.applestar wrote:Do they grow anything else or is it solid 900 acres of one variety of beans? Talk about monoculture. ... uhhh NOPE can't picture it. I'm sitting on 3/8 acre property here ...
That's a safe betGary350 wrote:... I would be willing to bet they have the sweet corn planted more than a mile away from the field corn.
I don't know for sure but I think your probably right. One thing I learned from my garden is, 65% of the total yearly green bean harvest comes from the first harvest. 25% comes from the second harvest and 10% comes from the 3rd harvest. You only loose 35% if the crop is gone after the first harvest.Taiji wrote:I guess you only get one "picking" with something like that? Once you go through with the harvesting equipment, there's no more harvesting, right? Or do farm workers actually go out and pick by hand?! In that case, you could get many pickings.
Its not too late to plant another crop of Blue Lake bush beans. Some farmers plant winter wheat about Oct but I don't know what my cousin will do. Just have to wait and see it would be silly not to plant something, this is July 5th there is still several months of nice weather.Taiji wrote:Wow! That should pay off the $74,000 loan! Since the beans are harvested so soon, will your cousin now plant something else for this season?
The company that is buying the beans has their own harvest machines. They bring about 10 harvesters on tractor trailer trucks and harvest about 250 acres each day as the beans were planted about 250 acres each day. Beans are picked then when the large buckets are full they are dumped into large trailers then taken to the factory to be processed.Francesco Delvillani wrote:Amazing...a sea of beans !!! how to do the harvest? it's difficult to separate the plant from the beans using a tractor?