Approximately 10 to 15% of Manitoba's edible bean crop is still in the field.

That from Dennis Lange, agronomist at Parent Seed Farms in St. Joseph.

He adds recent rainfall has slowed harvest to a crawl, plus there's a new list of challenges growers need to keep in mind.

If your beans are lying in swath, wait until the ground dries a bit and be prepared to turn them with either a wheel rake of swath flipper.

Also, lange reminds growers 18% moisture is considered dry for beans.

Anything higher will require some aeration, and as you approach 20% smashing in store can be a problem.

Lange notes smashing is a downgrading factor.