Dry Bean Scene

Dry bean harvest is in full swing in both North Dakota and Minnesota. Did the freezing temperatures and frost have an impact on the crop? Find out more in the Dry Bean Scene on the Red River Farm Network made possible, in part, by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.

USDA Extends CFAP Deadline, Adds Commodities

The application deadline for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program has been extended to September 11. The list of eligible commodities was also expanded. Additionally, USDA is releasing the remaining 20 percent of CFAP payments to farmers and ranchers with approved applications. Moving forward, producers applying for CFAP will receive their full payment as applications are approved. Get more details.

Grafton Adds ‘Emeritus’ to his Title

After 40 years at North Dakota State University, Dr. Ken Grafton has retired. Grafton held several administrative roles over the last two decades including time as the Dean of the College of Agriculture, Food Systems and Natural Resources and Vice President for Agricultural Affairs. Grafton joined NDSU’s dry bean breeding program in 1981 and was involved in the development and release of over 30 dry bean germplasm lines.

Weekly Dry Bean Market News

Dry bean trading activity is steady with very good demand, according to USDA’s Weekly Market News. Contract product is moving steady. North Dakota and Minnesota grower prices for pinto beans are $38 to $40 per cwt. Black beans remain steady at $25 to $28 per cwt and navy beans are at $30 to $35 per cwt. Kidney bean prices for Minnesota remain steady at $38 to $46 per cwt.

Weekly Dry Bean Market News

Dry bean trading activity is steady with very good demand, according to USDA’s Weekly Market News. Contract product is moving steady. North Dakota and Minnesota grower prices for pinto beans are $38 to $40 per cwt. Black beans remain steady at $25 to $28 per cwt and navy beans are at $28 to $35 per cwt. Kidney bean prices for Minnesota remain steady at $38 to $46 per cwt.

Home Activities with Beans

The first edition of a new weekly activity newsletter features beans as the hero ingredient for pantry-based, kitchen science, fun food facts, exercises and step-by-step cooking skills to practice and master. Discover the newsletter here

Be Safe When Working Around Grain Bins

Extension agricultural engineer Ken Hellevang reminds farmers to understand the risks of working around grain bins. “Wet grain typically leads to storage issues. That can lead to an increase in grain entrapment and other injuries.” Farmers are encouraged to work in teams and break up the crust from the outside of the bin. More safety tips from NDSU Extension can be found here.

Dry Bean Scene

Speaking at an agriculture convention this week, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue outlined the trade needs between the U.S. and Europe. Get the details in the Dry Bean Scene on the Red River Farm Network, made possible by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.

Second Tranche of MFP Payments to Begin Next Week

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the second tranche of Market Facilitation Program payments will begin the week before Thanksgiving. Farmers with eligible commodities will receive 25% of the total payment expected in addition to the 50% already received. Perdue was meeting with farm broadcasters at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting convention today in Kansas City as the news was released. Hear from Perdue in this video and read more.

Severe Drought Reported in Northern ND

Portions of northern North Dakota have moved into the severe drought. This is the first time this year these counties have been in the D2 or severe drought category. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, the northern tier of counties is reporting delayed crop growth, poor pasture conditions and an increase in the culling of cattle herds. The northern half of North Dakota and extreme northwest Minnesota are dealing with abnormally dryness and moderate drought.