Dry Bean Scene

NDSU Soil Health is bringing a new SHARE Farm site to Larimore, North Dakota, where utilizing cover crops in a pinto bean rotation will be one focus. Get the details in this week’s Dry Bean Scene on the Red River Farm Network, made possible by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.

Weekly Dry Bean Market News

Compared to a week ago, trading activity was slow with very light demand. Contract product is moving steady. Mexican peso per US dollar exchange rate is19.2090.

View the report here.

Dry Bean Leaders Visit Capitol Hill

Members of the Northarvest Bean Growers Association and the North Central Bean Dealers were recently in Washington, D.C.

While there, they discussed the farm bill, agriculture trade and policy implications with Congressional delegates from Minnesota and North Dakota. Members also connected with USDA regarding bean procurement in the Food Aid Program.

Hold-Even Extension Budget Prevails in the Senate

An appropriations bill, HB1020, for NDSU Extension the North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station was unanimously passed out of the Senate. Greg Lardy, interim director for NDSU Extension and the ND Ag Experiment Station, says one advancement in the Senate’s version is a hold-even budget.

“That includes nearly a $3 million move forward for the main station and $1.2 million for branch stations,” says Lardy. There is concern about the House’s version, which calls for cuts to the Experiment Station and Research Extension Center Network.

The Senate and House bills now move into conference committee, where three senators and three representatives will be assigned to the committee. Lardy expects work on the bill to begin as early as next week.

Hear more in this interview.

(Source: Red River Farm Network)

Status Quo Predicted for ’19 Dry Bean Acres

In late March, Tim Courneya, executive vice president of the Northarvest Bean Growers Association, based in Frazee, Minn., asked the farmers-directors of his organization how many acres of dry edible beans they intend to plant this spring. Their collective answer, Courneya said, was, “Status quo” — or roughly the same number of acres as they planted in 2018.

So Courneya wasn’t surprised that the annual Prospective Plantings report, released March 29 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, or NASS, projected 2019 U.S. dry bean acreage at 1.237 million, virtually the same as a year ago. “Based on what I’m hearing, the Prospective Plantings number (for 2019 dry bean acres) is spot-on,” Courneya said.

But the 2019 estimate requires some explanation. In the past, chickpeas and dry beans were combined in a single category in the annual NASS estimate — with consolidated dry bean acreage at 2.08 million in 2019. Dry beans, by themselves, accounted for about 1.2 million, Courneya said

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(Source: Inforum)

Most Recent Census of Ag Data Released

There are fewer farms across the Northern Plains, in-line with the national trend. That’s according to data compiled in 2017 for the Census of Agriculture.

There is a big decline in North Dakota farms. The state has more than 26,300 farms, down 15 percent from 2012. In Minnesota, there are just over 68,800 farms, down from 74,500 in 2012.

The average farm size continues to increase, also in-line with the national trend. An average North Dakota farm is 1,492 acres, up 18 percent. The average size of a Minnesota farm is 371 acres, up from 349 acres in 2012.

(Source: Red River Farm Network)

Discover Your Bean Personality

This week, the Northarvest Bean Growers Association launched a quiz that allows users to “discover their bean personality.” This quiz will be used at promotional shows to engage with attendees, educate about the 10 classes of beans grown in Northarvest country and drive traffic to the Bean Institute website.

Click here to discover your bean personality. 

Thrifty Thursday: Bean Salads

Salads are a great way to build a healthy, satisfying meal. This week, Northarvest Director of Domestic Marketing & Communication Megan Myrdal was on North Dakota Today for Thrifty Thursday. The weekly TV segment shares healthy, low-cost recipes featuring simply delicious, naturally nutritious beans.

This week’s recipes were a Picnic Kidney Bean Salad ($0.40 per serving) and Tuna & Cannellini Bean Salad ($0.65 per serving). Watch the video and view the recipes.

Northarvest Scholarship Applications

The Northarvest Bean Growers Association will award two, $1,000 scholarships in 2019 to children or grandchildren of Northarvest members. Northarvest is comprised of dry bean growers from North Dakota and Minnesota.
In order to be eligible for the NBGA scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:
  • Applicant’s parent or grandparent must be a current grower-member of the NBGA
  • Applicant must be enrolled or plan to be enrolled in their first year of college or technical college in 2019
  • Applicant must have a 3.0 GPA or higher from high school
Request for application can be requested by mail or email:
Northarvest Bean Growers Association
50072 East Lake Seven Road
Frazee MN 56544
Email: nhbean@loretel.net
Application must be received no later than June 1, 2019. The NBGA Scholarship Committee will review applications in July and applicants will be notified by August 1, 2019.

Dry Bean Scene

Each week, the Northarvest Bean Growers Association brings growers the latest news on markets, trade, crop conditions and more. Get the details in this week’s Dry Bean Scene on the Red River Farm Network, made possible by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.