USDA Improves Crop Insurance Policies with New Options

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced changes to several crop insurance policies improving options for producers, including introducing a new Quality Loss Option, a new unit structure assignment option for Enterprise Units (EU) and new procedures for Multi-County Enterprise Units (MCEU).
  • The new Quality Loss Option is in response to the 2018 Farm Bill that required the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) to research and develop methods of adjusting for quality losses. The new Quality Loss Option allows producers to replace post-quality production amounts in their Actual Production History (APH) databases with pre-quality production amounts, thereby increasing their actual yields for individual crop years.
  • For EUs and MCEUs, a new unit structure assignment option was added. Now, if the producer doesn’t qualify for separate EUs on both practices (EUs for both irrigated and non-irrigated practices, or EUs for both Following Another Crop (FAC) and Not Following Another Crop (NFAC) cropping practices, as authorized), an EU may apply to one practice meeting EU requirements and basic/optional units on the other practice.

Boston Baked Beans

Bostonians were eating slow-baked beans in molasses since the Colonial days and in the early 20th century the city earned its nickname as Beantown. For a touch of all-American tradition, try this recipe for authentic Boston Baked Beans from The Spruce. Discover the recipe here

Dry Bean Scene

The conditions are right in portions of North Dakota and Minnesota for white mold development this year’s dry edible bean crop. Get the details from Syngenta agronomy services representative Jason Snell in the latest Dry Bean Scene, made possible in part by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association,

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 $27 per cwt and navy beans are at $30 to $35 per cwt. In North Dakota, Garbanzo beans are remain steady at $17 per cwt.

Crop Progress Report – July 6

North Dakota – Dry edible bean condition rated 3% very poor, 8% poor, 25% fair, 54% good, and 10% excellent. Blooming was 10%, near 7% last year and 13% average.
Minnesota – Dry edible bean condition rated 0% very poor, 1% poor, 15% fair, 74% good, and 10% excellent. Blooming was 28%, ahead of 5% last year and 12% average.
Wyoming – Dry edible bean condition rated 15% fair and 85% good. Blooming was 6%, ahead of 4% last year and 1% average.
Colorado – Dry edible bean condition rated 17% very poor, 19% poor, 29% fair, 29% good, and 6% excellent. Emerged was 2%.
Idaho – Dry edible bean condition rated 2% poor, 16% fair, 80% good, and 2% excellent.
Oregon – Dry edible bean condition rated 4% very poor, 6% poor, 15% fair, 55% good, and 20% excellent.
Washington – Dry edible bean condition rated 4% poor, 16% fair, 71% good, and 9% excellent.
Nebraska – Dry edible bean condition rated 1% poor, 27% fair, 65% good, and 7% excellent. Blooming was 8%.
Michigan – Dry edible bean condition rated 5% very poor, 8% poor, 33% fair, 50% good, and 4% excellent. Emergence was 84%.
View the latest USDA Weekly Crop Progress Report here.

Summer Confetti Salad

  • Green bell pepper
  • Red bell pepper
  • Tomato
  • Mango
  • Green onion
  • Cilantro
  • Corn
  • Green chilies
  • Cumin
  • Limes
  • Black beans
Making this delicious and fresh summer confetti salad is as easy as 1, 2, 3! You’ll definitely want to whip up a batch of this cowboy caviar for your weekly meal plans. It’s quick and easy. Once it’s in the jars, you are all set for a grab and go lunch option.
  1. Chop and dice veggies.
  2. Squeeze the limes, drain and rinse the corn and beans.
  3. Combine all ingredients and mix.

Dry Bean Scene

It’s never too early to starting scouting and treating for disease in dry edible beans. According to NDSU Extension plant pathologist Sam Markell, white mold and rust are two common diseases farmers should look for. Get the full details in the Dry Bean Scene on the Red River Farm Network, made possible in part by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.

Flexibility for Producers Filing ‘Notice of Loss’ for Failed, PP Acres

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing additional flexibilities for producers to file on acres with failed crops or crops that were prevented from planting because of extreme weather events. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is adding these flexibilities for Notice of Loss on both insured and uninsured crops to enable Service Centers to best assist producers.  
“With many program deadlines approaching, our Service Centers are working hard to accommodate as many producer appointments as possible,” said FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce. “By providing flexibilities to our Notice of Loss policy, we can ensure we provide the best customer service.”
Producers who miss FSA’s July 15 acreage reporting deadline will not face a late filing fee if filed within a month of the deadline. For questions, please contact your FSA county office. To locate your FSA county office at your Service Center, visit

USMCA Enters into Full Force

On July 1, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) entered into force, replacing the decades-old NAFTA. USMCA was signed into law by President Donald J. Trump on January 29 after it received overwhelming bipartisan support in Congress. USMCA advances U.S. agricultural interests in two of the most important markets for American farmers, ranchers, and agribusinesses.
Key provisions in USMCA for the dry bean industry include:
  • Sanitary/Phytosanitary Measures: The three countries agree to strengthen disciplines for science-based measures that protect human, animal, and plant health while improving the flow of trade.
  • Biotechnology: For the first time, the agreement specifically addresses agricultural biotechnology – including new technologies such as gene editing – to support innovation and reduce trade-distorting policies.
This high-standard agreement builds upon existing markets to expand U.S. food and agricultural exports and support food processing and rural jobs. Canada and Mexico are the first and second largest export markets for U.S. food and agricultural products, totaling more than $39.7 billion food and agricultural exports in 2018. These exports support more than 325,000 American jobs.

Complete Crop Acreage Reports

Agricultural producers who have not yet completed their crop acreage reports after spring planting should make an appointment with their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office before the applicable deadline. July 15 is a major deadline for most crops, but acreage reporting deadlines vary by county and by crop. Contact your FSA county office for acreage reporting deadlines that are specific to your county.
“The first step to become eligible for many USDA programs is to file an accurate crop acreage report,” said FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce. “To file your acreage report, call your local FSA office to make an appointment. Your local staff is standing by to help you.”
Due to the pandemic, FSA has implemented acreage reporting flexibilities. FSA can work with producers to file timely acreage reports by phone, email, online tools and virtual meetings. Some FSA offices are open for in-person appointments, but you must call first to make an appointment. For questions, please call your FSA county office.