Dry Bean Scene

Dry bean harvest is in full swing in both North Dakota and Minnesota. According to Kelley Bean Company – Hatton, North Dakota location manager Dean Nelson, the crop is running around average in the area. Hear more in this week’s Dry Bean Scene on the Red River Farm Network made possible, in part, by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.

Dry Bean Scene

Dry bean harvest is in full swing in both North Dakota and Minnesota. Get an update on the crop in the Dry Bean Scene on the Red River Farm Network made possible. This program is made possible, in part, by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.

Recipe: White Bean Pitas

Packed with flavorful spices, veggie varieties and nutritional value, this is a white bean recipe you don’t want to miss out on! These middle eastern pitas make for a quick, light, delicious and healthy meal. Serve with a cucumber or green salad.
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 15-ounce can, rinsed and drained, or 1 3/4 cups cooked dry-packaged white beans
  • 1 1/2 cups tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups peeled, coarsely chopped cucumber
  • 1 cup coarsely crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/3 cup fresh chopped Italian parsley
  • 4 whole pita bread rounds, halved crosswise
  • Plain yogurt
  1. In a medium bowl whisk olive oil and white wine vinegar. Combine cumin, coriander, cinnamon and cayenne pepper, blend with the oil mixture.
  2. Place drained white beans in large bowl and mix in enough vinaigrette to coat. Let stand 10 minutes to allow flavors to blend.
  3. Add tomatoes, cucumbers, feta cheese, red onion, and parsley to white beans. Mix in enough vinaigrette to coat. Season bean salad to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Fill pita halves with bean salad and top with dollop of yogurt. Place 2 pita halves on each of 4 plates; pass remaining vinaigrette separately.
Get more recipes from the U.S. Dry Bean Council here.

USDA Announces Another Round of CFAP Payments

USDA is implementing a second Coronavirus Food Assistance Program for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19.This new round of assistance will offer up to an additional $14 billion.
Payment calculations will be made for three categories of commodities: price trigger commodities, flat-rate crops and sales commodities. The new calculations offer at least $15 per acre for crops.There is a payment limit of $250,000 per person or entity for all commodities.The sign-up opens on September 21 and goes through December 11.
A CFAP 2 producer webinar is scheduled for September 24 at 2:00 p.m. Central Time. Register here. More information on the program is available at farmers.gov/cfap.

Weekly Dry Bean Market Review

Dry bean trading activity is steady and new crop values are being established, according to USDA’s Weekly Market Review. North Dakota and Minnesota grower prices for pinto beans are $23 to $24.25 per cwt. Black bean prices range from $24 to $25 per cwt and navy beans at $26-27 per cwt. Light red kidney bean bids come in at $40 to $43 cwt and dark reds range from $38 to $44 cwt.
2018 harvest w/ tractor.

Harvest Progress Report – September 14

North Dakota – Dry edible beans dropping leaves was 90%, ahead of 82% last year and equal to average. Harvested was 29%, ahead of 12% last year, but behind 38% average.
Minnesota – Dry edible beans dropping leaves was 85%, ahead of 76% last year and behind 88% average. Harvested was 20%, ahead of 10% last year, but behind 34% average.
Wyoming – Dry edible beans cut are 47%, ahead of 26% last year and 41% average. Harvested was 21%, ahead of 6% last year and 15% average.
Colorado – Dry edible beans cut are 33%, ahead of 17% last year, but behind 36% average. Harvest has just begun at 5% complete, behind 7% last year and 15 average.
Nebraska – Dry edible beans dropping leaves was 75%, well ahead of 52% last year. Harvested was 26%, ahead of 8% last year.
Michigan – Dry edible beans dropping leaves was 68%, ahead of 42% last year and 52% average.
Idaho – Dry edible bean harvest was 31% complete. That is behind 34% last year and 61% average.
Oregon – Dry edible bean harvest was 28% complete. That is behind 45% last year and 62% average.
Washington – Dry edible bean harvest was 53% complete. That compares to 26% last year and 62% percent average.
View the latest USDA Weekly Crop Progress Report here.

September Crop Production Report Released

USDA released the September 2020 Crop Production Report. List below are the dry edible bean numbers. The full report is available here.
 Special note: The forecasts in this report are based on conditions as of September 1. Any potential impacts from the below freezing temperatures that occurred after September 1 will be reflected in future reports.

Recipe: Huevos Rancheros

The authentic Mexican breakfast dish is easy to make and packed full of flavor. Pinto beans and eggs add nutrients while green chiles, cilantro and lime juice add spice and fresh zest!
  • 1 10-ounce can diced tomatoes and green chiles, undrained
  • 1 10-ounce can red enchilada sauce
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 15-ounce can, rinsed and drained, or 1 3/4 cups cooked dry-packaged pinto beans Cooking spray
  • 4 large eggs
  • 4 fat-free flour tortillas (8-inch)
  • 1 cup crumbled queso fresco cheese
  1. In a medium saucepan combine the tomatoes and enchilada sauce; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 5 minutes or until slightly thick.
  2. Remove from heat; stir in cilantro and lime juice. Set aside.
  3. In a microwave-safe bowl, place water and beans and partially mash with a fork.
  4. Cover and microwave at high 2 minutes, or until hot.
  5. Heat a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium heat.
  6. Add eggs; cook 1 minute on each side or until done to desired degree.
  7. Warm tortillas according to package directions. Spread about 1/3 cup beans over each tortilla; top with an egg. Spoon 1/2 cup sauce around egg; sprinkle each serving with 1/4 cup cheese.
Get more recipes from the U.S. Dry Bean Council here.

Dry Beans Sought in Section 32 Purchase

USDA invites offers to sell dry edible beans under Section 32 pursuant to the AMS Master Solicitation for use in the National School Lunch Program and other Federal Food and Nutrition Assistance Programs. Bids are due Thursday, September 17 by 1:00 p.m. CST. View the solicitation.

More Palmer Amaranth Found in ND

Palmer amaranth was confirmed in Barnes and Cass Counties in North Dakota this past week. A crop specialist noticed some suspect plants in a Barnes County field and notified the landowner. The landowner worked with a North Dakota State University Extension specialist, who submitted samples for DNA analysis to the National Agricultural Genotyping Center, where it was confirmed as Palmer amaranth. In the Cass County case, a NDSU Extension specialist found it within the city of Fargo, and it was confirmed in the same way.
Palmer amaranth is native to the southwestern U.S. but was accidentally introduced to other areas and has devastated crops in the South and Midwest. It is a prolific seed producer that can emerge throughout the growing season. It grows rapidly at 2-3 inches per day in optimum conditions and is prone to herbicide resistance and multiple modes of action. It is a highly invasive weed that can dramatically cut crop yields.
These are the third and fourth findings this year, with the other findings being in Benson and Stutsman counties. Additional information on palmer amaranth and other noxious weeds are available here. To report a suspect plant, go to https://www.nd.gov/ndda/pa or contact your local county weed officer or North Dakota State University Extension agent.