- Oct 15, 2017
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- mid-Michigan, USoA
The only thing that I find is slowing things down a bit for the beans is the heavy morning dew. The pods are stuck having to first dry off all that dew and then work on their own moisture content. If I bring plants into the drying room, they dry down way quicker. I guess the warmth and low humidity are factors in that. As soon as all the remaining traces of green goes out of the pods out there I think I'll bring the poles in the dry room. It's a tough call to know when is exactly the right moment to pull them and finish them under cover, especially when the weather is so good. I'm trying to give them as much time outside as possible also because I know what's left of the remaining plants won't all fit in the dry room either. Some will have to go in the carport, which isn't quite as ideal.
if you have the room to get the plants under cover at night that for sure helps a great deal.
when i'm picking i try to get out and remove the dry pods as soon as the dew is mostly off them because i can usually pick a few flats and then still have an hour or two later in the day those can sit out in the sun and breeze and dry off completely, this is also nice to let any bugs that might be on them to get away before i do anything else with them. then i like to leave them overnight in the garage to also let the bugs flee. once they are completely dry and buglessish they can go into bigger bags for storage if there's enough of them to make that worth it. any accidentally picked greener pods i put in flats to finish drying - a week or two is usually enough to finish them off. when shelling those i try to note at which stage for each variety will give me the best results. sometimes that doesn't happen.
the amount of dewfalls we get here is rather thick many nights of the season. i can only recall a few mornings this year where we didn't have any dewfall at all. this time of the year we get fogs too. the neighborhood has some ponds and those give off heat/steam at night. lowland bean growing is not really an easy thing to do, but it is possible...
as of this moment i have zero green pods drying inside. the remaining small patch i need to pick through outside would be good for me to go through right now but i'm completely tired out and not able (hot and humid and it was mowing day - i'm kaput for now). if the rains don't happen tonight that much and i can get out tomorrow i'll give it a shot, but it may be a few days before i can get out there - all weather dependent at this moment.