Beat the Heat with Beans

Cool-off from summer’s warm weather with beans. A sweet and frosty treat, these red bean popsicles are an Asian favorite and easy to make at home. The popsicles start with a sweet red bean paste called Anko, commonly available in Asian grocery stores. It’s easy to make your own, though.

Red bean popsicle recipe.

Crop Insurance Interest Accrual Deferred

USDA’s Risk Management Agency will defer accrual of interest for all farmer’s spring 2019 crop year premiums, due to the extreme weather conditions, for two months or until November 30. That’s for all policies with a premium billing date of August 15. According to the USDA, any premium not paid by one of these new deadlines will accrue interest consistent with terms of the policy. Without the deferral, policies with an August 15 premium billing date would have an interest attach starting October 1 if policies weren’t paid by September 30.

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Dry Bean Scene

According to Stony Ridge Foods agronomist Bob Sowers, black and navy beans in the Benson, Minnesota area are about one month away from harvest. Get the details in the Dry Bean Scene on the Red River Farm Network, made possible, in part, by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.

USDA Purchases Packaged and Canned Beans

Dry edible beans and canned beans have been purchased by USDA for distribution to the child nutrition and other related domestic food assistance program for Fiscal Year 2019. The purchase includes packaged pinto, baby lima, Great Northern and light red kidney beans, pinto bean totes and canned garbanzo beans, totaling over $1.08 million.

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Weekly Dry Bean Market News

According to the Weekly Dry Bean Market News report, grower prices for North Dakota and Minnesota remain mostly unchanged this week. Dry bean trading activity remains limited with very light demand. Contract product is moving steady.

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Prevent Plant Acres Total Over 19 Million

USDA’s Farm Service Agency released more information on prevent plant acres for 2019. U.S. farmers reported 11.2 million prevent plant acres of corn, 4.3 million acres of soybeans and 2.2 million acres for wheat. That makes for a grand total of more than 19 million PP acres for 2019, the most acres reported since FSA started releasing the report. In Minnesota, there are currently 1.1 million acres enrolled in prevent plant. North Dakota has over 830,00 acres enrolled, and South Dakota has 3.8 million acres. Updated information will be available each month through January 2020.

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Dry Bean Production Forecast Cut in August Report

According to the August USDA Crop Production Report, production of dry edible beans is forecast at 24.6 million hundredweight, down 34 percent from 2018. Area planted is estimated at 1.33 million acres. That’s up two percent from the previous forecast, but down 36 percent from 2018. Area harvested is forecast at 1.28 million acres, up two percent from the previous forecast, but 36 percent below 2018. The average U.S. dry bean yield is forecast at 1,919 pounds per acre, an increase of 59 pounds from last season.

View the August Crop Production Report.


*Beginning in 2019, estimates no longer include chickpeas.

Crop Progress – August 12

According to the Weekly Crop Progress report, dry beans setting pods in North Dakota is at 78 percent, behind 93 percent last year and near 80 percent average. Dropping leaves is at three percent. The crop is rating dropped to 56 percent good to excellent.

In Minnesota, setting pods is at 83 percent. That’s behind 89 percent last year and near 86 percent average. The crop condition declined from the previous week with a 60 percent good to excellent rating.

The Idaho dry bean crop is rated 66 percent good to excellent and harvest is at two percent. In Oregon, 64 percent of dry beans are in good to excellent condition, with harvest at four percent. A good to excellent rating of 65 percent was given to dry beans in Washington. USDA is reporting the dry bean harvest in Montana at one percent complete.

The Wyoming dry bean crop has 45 percent setting pods, with a 73 percent good to excellent rating. Blooming is at 79 percent in Colorado with a rating of 61 good to excellent. The Michigan dry bean crop is rated 57 percent good to excellent, with 66 percent blooming and 24 percent setting pods.

View the latest crop progress report.

Not Just for Pasta: Pesto and Beans

Although it’s used most often with pasta, pesto is perfect with beans for a main dish that is packed with protein, fiber and the best flavors of Mediterranean cuisine. Stir a few tablespoons of pesto into canned or freshly cooked beans and serve with a tossed salad and crusty bread for a fast summer meal.
This pesto recipe from Bon Appetit used pine nuts, which are traditional in Italian pesto, but you can substitute walnuts if you like.

Dry Bean Scene

Leeds, North Dakota farmer Eric Jorgenson has been dealing with dry conditions for much of the growing season. Get the details in the Dry Bean Scene on the Red River Farm Network, made possible in part by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.