Entries by Jed Brazier

Mexico Begins New Ag Price Support Program

The Mexican government has launched a new price support program in Zacatecas and Durango. However, the program was initiated later than the long standing price support programs. As a result, producers waited longer than usual to sell beans to participating elevators to obtain price guarantees.   Additionally, the U.S. Dry Bean Council has released the […]

U.S. Dry Bean Delegation Visits Japan

A delegation sponsored by the U.S. Dry Bean Council visited Japan to meet with importers and end users in March. Japan is a buyer of baby lima beans, purchasing up to 70 percent of production. There also continues to be a demand by end users for Great Northern beans.   Over the last several years, […]

Canned Dry Beans Purchased

USDA has purchased $296,546 in canned vegetables for distribution to child nutrition and other domestic food assistance programs for Fiscal Year 2019. Included in the buy are canned garbanzo and Great Northern beans. The purchase can be viewed here.

USDA Buys Navy Beans

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service has purchased $4.80 million in dry beans for the Trade Mitigation Food Purchase & Distribution Program. The purchase includes both navy beans and lentils. View the purchase details here.

Beans Nourish a Healthy Gut

Healthy gut microbes are linked to lower risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, cancer and heart disease. How can you keep your gut microbes happy? Bacteria feed on certain types of carbohydrates, including the resistant starch found in beans. It’s one more way that including beans in meals helps protect against chronic disease. Read more.

USDA Crop Progress Reports Begin

A handful of North Dakota farmers have tried to start planting last week. However, USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service says, on average, farmers intend to begin fieldwork closer to May. Topsoil moisture is rated 93 percent adequate to surplus.   During the week April 8, freezing rain followed by wet snow and high winds further […]

Don’t Rush into Spring Planting

Farmers are pulling out the planters in preparation for the 2019 growing season. CHS Devils Lake Agronomy Sales Manager Jeremy Safranski says planting is about three weeks away for area farmers, five to seven days behind average. “There is some corn and soybeans left in the field from last fall, and a lot of the […]

Prepare to Manage Resistant Weeds

North Dakota farmers should be preparing to manage resistant weeds. GL Crop Consulting President and agronomist Greg LaPlante says conditions are just right for kochia to germinate. Farmers can rotate herbicides to better manage resistance.   “In soybeans, we have to look at what pre-emerge or burndown herbicides we can use that are effective for […]

Agriculture Not Included in EU Trade Talks

The European Union does not want to include agriculture in its trade talks with the United States. The EU has approved the terms for negotiating a trade agreement, and it limits the focus to industrial products.   Agriculture is a contentious issue for Europe and the U.S. The United States wants more access for its […]