Another reason bean-walking crews probably won't become popular again? It's hard work. Most would not want to endure what we kids did on summer days along half-mile rows. I imagine bright entrepreneurs will have robotic weed-seeking Roombas out there instead.
But, times change and sometimes recycle. So, as a primer for the uninitiated—what was bean walking?
A recent article from Iowa Ag Literacy gives a clear overview of the process. The writer is obviously one of those chronic optimists—she starts by mentioning the good tan that comes with the process and finishes with five valuable skills workers gained from the job.
In the blog entry below, I am pulled a bit more to the dark side about the weeding, but I admit those days working on the farm still float pleasantly in my nostalgia cloud.