October 12, 2017
USDA raised its dry edible bean production forecast 3 percent (1.1 million hundredweight) from August to October. The estimate is nearly 23 percent above 2016. Harvested acres are up 24,000 from USDA’s August estimate, and the national average yield was raised 33 pounds per acre.
North Dakota’s yield estimate is now forecast at 1,640 pounds per acre, up from 1,500 in August, while harvested acres are unchanged. North Dakota’s dry bean crop is now forecast at 11,070,000 hundredweight, a 9 percent increase from August, and 24 percent above 2016.
USDA kept Minnesota’s harvested acres unchanged, but reduced the yield estimate by 40 pounds per acre. Crop size, at 3.7 million cwt, is down 2 percent from August, but 12 percent above 2016.
USDA’s final crop production estimates will be released January 12th.