Dry Bean Scene

USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) recently released a new crop insurance option for dry edible beans. Learn more about this new option from ILLINOIS Extension agricultural economist Gary Schnitkey in the Dry Bean Scene. This weekly radio update is made possibly by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.

New Crop Insurance Option for 2021

USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) recently released a new crop insurance option for dry edible beans, along with 30 other crops. The New Enhanced Coverage Option (ECO) provides additional area-based coverage for a portion of underlying crop insurance policy deductible.  A fact sheet on the ECO option is available here: Enhanced Coverage Option (ECO). An article with examples of how the coverage works from the University of Illinois is also available here: University of Illinois ECO Insurance Examples for Farmers.

Crop Production Surveys Coming from USDA

USDA’s National Ag Statistics Service (NASS) will be contacting farmers to gather final year-end crop production numbers and the amount of grain stored on their farms. The responses to the survey will be used in calculating county-level yields. Survey results will be published in several reports, including the Crop Production Annual Summary and the Quarterly Grain Stocks Report.
 
The reports will be released on January 12, 2021. All NASS reports are available online at www.nass.usda.gov. For more information call the NASS North Dakota Field Office at 800-582-6443.

Sign Up Now for CFAP 2

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) is reminding farmers and ranchers that the deadline to apply for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2) is Friday, December 11. This program provides direct relief to producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19.
 
“Producers have one more month to get their applications in for this important relief program,” said Richard Fordyce, Farm Service Agency administrator. “Applying is simple and our staff is available to assist every step of the way.”
 
CFAP 2 will provide up to $14 billion to eligible producers of certain row crops, livestock, dairy, specialty crops, aquaculture and more. All eligible commodities, payment rates and calculations can be found on farmers.gov/cfap. This is a separate program from the first iteration of the program, and interested producers must complete a new application to be eligible for the second payment.

Special Announcement: BeanCon21

The U.S. Dry Bean Council is hosting the first ever global dry bean conference, bringing together dry bean buyers and stakeholders from all over the world.
 
Due to ongoing COVID restrictions, BeanCon21 will be a virtual experience. While USDBC would’ve loved to meet in person, the organization is excited about the opportunity to connect virtually and share the exciting innovations happening in the U.S. and global bean industries with an even broader audience.
 
BeanCon21 is a forum focused on bean innovation, trends and the future of food. In addition to innovative plenary sessions, BeanCon21 will feature opportunities for private business meetings, networking, chef presentations, harvest highlights and more. Check out the agenda.
Grady Thorsgard - Harvest (black and pinto)

Mexico Harvest Update

The last update from the U.S. Dry Bean Council on the Mexican dry bean harvest indicated that lack of rain in August had an impact on yield. Total precipitation in August was 34% lower than anticipated causing extreme drought in some states such as Chihuahua and Durango. As a result, the latest assessment projects that total hectares planted were around 1.17 million and not the 1.39 million reported by the Mexican Agricultural Information Service (SIAP). Throughout September, the precipitation did not pick up at the required pace and will likely continue to impact yield.
 
As of the last assessment, USDBC is projecting Mexico’s total bean production for the 2020 Spring/Summer Cycle to top out at around 749,404 MT, 21.5% less than SIAP’s estimate of 954,000 MT but still 36.3% higher than the 592,670 MT short harvest of 2019 and 12.1% shorter than the historic average of 852,102 MT (SIAP). Harvest has been delayed by the lack of rain but will continue through October.
 
For more specifics on bean production in the 2020 Spring/Summer harvest see the full report on the USDBC members only page.

Dry Beans Sought

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued a solicitation for dry edible beans for use in the National School Lunch Program and other Federal Food and Nutrition Assistance Programs. Packaged Great Northern, light red kidney and pinto beans are being sought. Bids are due November 16 and acceptances will be announced by November 30. View the offer here.

EPA Re-registers Dicamba Label Through 2025

After months of waiting, dicamba has been given the green light by the federal government. The Environmental Protection Agency will re-register XtendiMax and Engenia dicamba herbicides and extend the registration of Tavium Plus VaporGrip Technology through 2025.
 
The agency is requiring a June 30 application cut-off date across the country, though the EPA will work with states to further expand or restrict the application deadline. Now, pH-buffering agents will be also be required to be mixed in all dicamba products to lower volatility. The success of the new restrictions will be measured in the amount of state complaints going forward.
 
State agriculture departments are in the process of reviewing the two new five-year dicamba registrations and one registration extension okayed by the EPA. The Minnesota Agriculture Department will announce by the end of the year more details for use so Minnesota farmers can plan for 2021. In North Dakota, Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said the EPA did the work to address concerns from the latest court decision. The North Dakota Department of Agriculture will be reviewing the labels once they are submitted as part of the state registration process.
 

Over $7 Billion Paid in CFAP 2 Payments

During the first month of the signup period, USDA approved more than $7 billion in the second round of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. Through CFAP 2, USDA is making $14 billion of assistance available to farmers and ranchers. Iowa received more payments than any other states with $778 million. A total of $510 million has gone out to Minnesota farmers. A total of $352 million in CFAP 2 payments were made in the first month of enrollment in South Dakota. North Dakota farmers received $246 million. The Farm Service Agency is taking CFAP 2 applications through December 11.
Grady Thorsgard - Harvest (black and pinto)

Dry Bean Harvest Progress – October 26

Colorado – Harvest was 92% complete, ahead of 85% last year.
 
Michigan – Harvest was 93% complete, ahead of 76% last year and 87% average.
 
View the latest USDA Weekly Crop Progress Report here.