We experienced a perfect late-season week for putting our crop near its top potential. On Aug. 19, we had a 1-inch afternoon shower pass through and six days later, .6 inches landed during the night. In between was a stretch of sunshine and 80s. Pulling back husks, I find most varieties denting while the bean fields are leaning a little more every day with the accumulating weight of the maturing beans. My goal is to be cutting beans during the last week of September and to do that, there needs to be a little bleaching of the late-season color out of the plants by now. My timeline may get pushed back (as it often does) with beans still holding good color on Aug. 25. Rootworm beetles are prevalent now while Japanese beetle numbers seem to be trailing off.