Dry bean harvest underway in the panhandle

Paul Jerger of Gering. Farmer for more than 50 years.

Dry bean harvest is getting into full swing in the North Platte Valley. Farmers are busy operating combines and moving equipment from field to field. Paul Jerger farms in the Gering Valley. His harvest got started a week and half ago and progress has been slow.
Despite the hot dry conditions, Jerger says cutting has been gradual. He has found the pods are ripe, but the vines are green and have been slow to dry down which makes it hard to run through the combine.

In growing pinto beans, Jerger is pleased with this year's crop as this summer Jerger was able to dodge hail storms and he has had few issues with the crop with little disease or insect pressure. He says everything worked out pretty good. He says he sprayed for bean beetles earlier in the season and he hasn't had blight or rust, which has helped yields and this year's harvest. In the field KNEB caught up with him it was averaging 50 bushels an acre.

With a good crop harvested, Jerger is already looking ahead at next year. He says we will have to wait and see on about the water situation. He says hopefully the good lord will bring some moisture, so we can have some for next summer. Jerger is among many farmers who depend on the snowpack in the mountains of Wyoming for their irrigation supply through the summer, but Jerger is used to adversity, he is far from being new into farming.

After farming over 50 years, he is bringing his grandson and son -in- law into the business. He has almost wrapped up this year's bean harvest with only 15 acres left to go. Then in a few weeks his corn crop will be ready to be harvested.

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