Entries by Red River Farm Network

BeanCon Announces Keynote Speaker

The U.S. Dry Bean Council has announced the keynote speaker for BeanCon24. Food for Climate League Founder and Executive Director Eve Turow-Paul will serve as the keynote speaker and is a leading expert on global good culture. BeanCon will take place on February 1-2 in Cancun, Mexico. You can find the full agenda here.

Bean Farmers Dip Deeper Into Harvest

USDA released their June quarterly stocks and planted acreage report. The area planted to dry edible beans in 2023 is estimated at 1.21 million acres. That’s down three percent from last year. Seven of the nine reporting states, including North Dakota and Minnesota, had a drop in dry bean acreage.

MDA Opens Crop Research Grants

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has opened applications for the Agricultural Growth, Research, and Innovation Crop Research Grant Program. The funding is intended to generate applied crop research that will improve product quality, quantity, or value within Minnesota cropping industry. Special consideration will be given to research on crops with limited access to other research […]

MN Dry Bean Grower Returns from Japan

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has recently returned from a business development mission to Japan. The delegation was made up of state lawmakers and representatives from Minnesota agricultural organizations, including Mark Dombeck. Dombeck serves as the chair for the Minnesota Dry Bean Research and Promotion Council and represented the dry bean industry on the trip. […]

Bean Harvest ‘All Over the Board’

Page, North Dakota farmer Jim Thompson is working on harvesting his edible beans and is about halfway through. “We’re hoping to finish up black beans in the next couple of days before the expected rains come.” Thompson says the timing of dry bean harvest is all over the board with neighbors in all stages of […]

Dry Bean Harvest Slower Than Average

In the latest USDA crop progress report, dry edible beans in North Dakota rated 19 percent poor to very poor and 76 percent fair to good. Edible beans dropping leaves was at 92 percent, ahead of last year, but near average. Harvest beans was at 37 percent, ahead of last year’s 29 percent, but behind […]