Early Look at Mexican Dry Bean Harvest Suggests Planting Decreases

The U.S. Dry Bean Council’s 2021 Mexico Dry Bean Prospective Planting Assessment is underway. The main dry bean production states for the spring/summer harvest. A cursory first look at planting data submitted by consultants indicates the following:
  • Chihuahua: Planting is complete and is down almost 50% from average and from official government planting intentions. 80% of the beans were planted during the critical planting period and most are in good to excellent condition, as of this reporting.
  • Durango: Planting has ended in most areas and appears to be down around 25% from average with 70% of the beans planted late, after July 15 and now dependent on soil moisture. Bean plants are in the growing stage and appear mostly good to excellent. This area is mostly pinto Saltillo beans.
  • Zacatecas: Planting is complete and is down around 15% down from the average. In this case, beans were planted late due to excess rain and moisture. Bean plants look mostly good to excellent. This area is mostly black beans.  
The complete planting intentions update will be available in another week; these are only initial observations.