A Fast and Fabulous Dinner Option

Don’t waste precious time! Dinner can really be both fast and fabulous. Even with just three ingredients, three-ingredient curried beans with cauliflower mirrors the flavors of a meal cooked from scratch. Get the recipe.

Dry Bean Scene

North Dakota and Minnesota farmers pushed to get dry beans harvested before the rain and snow set in. Quality is becoming more of a concern as time goes on. Get the details in this week’s Dry Bean Scene made possible, in part, by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.

Record Prevent Plant Acreage

The Farm Service Agency is estimating 2019 prevent plant acreage at a record 19.6 million acres. That compares to the previous record of just under 11 million acres in 2011. South Dakota leads the nation with nearly 4 million acres of PP. Illinois and Ohio each had about 1.5 million acres reported as prevented plant. Minnesota has nearly 1.2 million; Indiana has 943,000 acres and North Dakota has 319,000 acres in PP.

North Dakota Explores Options to Assist Ag Sector

In a joint statement, North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said they are exploring every avenue to assist farmers and ranchers due to the early snowstorm and extremely wet conditions. A Secretarial Disaster Declaration is a possibility. Goehring has voiced concern to USDA about quality discounts on grain. Burgum and Goehring also encouraged farmers to seek help if they’re overwhelmed by farm stress. Read more.

USDA Drops Dry Bean Production Forecast in October Report

USDA released its October Crop Production Report on Thursday. U.S. production of dry edible beans is forecast at 23.8 million cwt, down three percent from the August forecast and down 37 percent from 2018. Area planted is estimated at 1.31 million acres, down two percent from the August forecast and down 37 percent from 2018. Area harvested is forecast at 1.26 million acres, down two percent from the August forecast and 37 percent below 2018.
 
Acreage updates were made in several states based on a thorough review of all available data. The average United States yield is forecast at 1,889 pounds per acre, a decrease of 30 pounds from the August forecast, but an increase of 29 pounds from last season. Beginning in 2019, estimates no longer include chickpeas.
 

Weekly Dry Bean Market News

Dry bean trading activity remains limited with moderate demand. According to USDA’s Weekly Market News, North Dakota and Minnesota grower prices for pinto beans are $21 to $23 per hundredweight. Black beans remained steady at $22 to $24 per hundredweight, while navy beans are at $24 per hundredweight. Kidney bean prices for Minnesota are at $35 to $37 per hundredweight.
 

Harvest Progress – October 7

According to USDA’s Weekly Crop Progress report, dry bean harvest in North Dakota is at 41 percent, increasing only two percent from the previous week. That is well behind 93 percent last year and 82 percent average. In Minnesota, harvest increased from 39 to 48 percent complete. That is also behind 97 percent last year and 91 percent average. The Idaho dry bean harvest is at 71 percent, increasing from 63 percent last week. In Oregon, harvest is wrapping up at 90 percent complete and at 85 percent complete in Washington. The dry bean and chickpea harvest in Montana at 90 percent complete, compared to 85 percent last week. Dry bean harvest is at 70 percent in Wyoming, 72 percent in Colorado, 80 percent in Nebraska and at 26 percent in Michigan.
 

Dry Bean Scene

Like many other crops, dry edible beans have been a headache to harvest this year. The calendar has turned to October and more than half of the crop remains in North Dakota and Minnesota fields. Hear a harvest update in the Dry Bean Scene made possible, in part, by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.

Apple Cider Baked Beans

Welcome Autumn with beans! Sweet fresh-pressed apple cider is one of the classic flavors of fall. This simple recipe for traditional baked beans uses cider to create a time-honored Appalachian autumn dish. It calls for navy beans, but many recipes use either pinto or kidney beans.
 

Tariffs Leave the Kidney Bean Crop in Limbo

By Dan Gunderson, MPR News

Kidney beans are just one of several varieties of beans classified as dry edible beans. “When you take the North Dakota, Minnesota and southern Manitoba growing region, half of the North American dry bean crop is produced in that area,” says John Bartsch, a trader with Kelley Bean Company, who also grows beans on an eastern North Dakota farm. “And so if they have a good crop or a poor crop, it has an outsized impact on price.”

About 60 percent of kidney beans harvested are used in the United States and the rest are exported. “Domestically, they’re going down to Faribault, Minnesota for canning there and for foreign export. Most of them go to the E.U. or Central America,” says Perham, Minnesota farmer Mark Dombeck.

Lately, trade disputes have played a larger role in the direction of the industry. “Right now, our competition for exports is Canada and Argentina,” says Dombeck. “They don’t have a tariff, so we’re at a disadvantage,” The European Union has been a steady kidney bean customer for years, he adds. But last year, trade disputes disrupted the relationship when the E.U. put a retaliatory tariff on the beans after the U.S. had placed tariffs on steel and aluminum.

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