Weekly Dry Bean Market Review

USDA Market News puts the grower price for black beans unchanged in North Dakota and Minnesota at $27-to-$32 per hundredweight. Pinto bean prices are holding steady at $30 per hundredweight, and navies are at $32. Kidney bean prices remain at $40 to $46 per hundredweight for lights and darks. Dry beans under contract are moving at a steady pace with current crop prices steady with moderate demand. According to report contacts, rail cars, trucks and containers are still difficult to source.
 

Crop Progress Report – April 19, 2021

In North Dakota, USDA’s National Ag Statistics Service says there were just over 2.5 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending April 19. Topsoil moisture is rated 78% short to very short, and subsoil moisture is rated 77% short to very short. 13% of spring wheat is seeded, and corn planting is underway at 3% complete. Sugarbeets, oats, barley, dry edible peas and potatoes are also in the ground.
 
Snow and rain also limited Minnesota farmers to 2.5 days of fieldwork last week. However, spring wheat seeding is 10 days ahead of last year’s pace. 29% of oats are planted, along with 6%of barley and 5% of potatoes. Topsoil moisture is 78% adequate-to-surplus, and subsoil moisture is rated at 70% adequate-to-surplus.
 

Dry Bean Scene

Questions have been circulating on whether or not dry bean producers are eligible for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program payments. Tom Hance of Gordly Associates has that answer in the latest Dry Bean Scene on the Red River Farm Network, made possible by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.

Dry in the West, Wet in the East

Rain and snow helped alleviate dry conditions across much of the Northern Plains, but extreme drought conditions worsened inareas not receiving this moisture. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor shows extreme drought conditions in North Dakota worsening to reflect growing moisture deficits. That extreme drought now covers 76 percent of the state, an increase of six percentage points from the previous week. Sargent and Richland Counties had a slight improvement in dry conditions. In Minnesota, locally heavy rainfall in the last week brought a two-category improvement in dryness across the western side of the state. There is also no more extreme drought in Kittson County.
 

Dry Bean Growers Do Qualify for Government Assistance

Questions have been circulating on whether or not dry bean producers are eligible for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program payments. According to Tom Hance with Gordly Associates, the answer is yes. Dry edible beans are fall under the Sales Commodities category of CFAP 2.
 
“Dry beans are included in CFAP 2,” said Hance. “Growers are able to amend and increase this payment if they received a crop insurance indemnity or WHIP+ payment for 2019 production. Those producers can also have their CFAP 2 payment calculated using their 2018 sales.”
 
Famers who have not already applied for CFAP 2 can do so through their county Farm Service Agency office.
 
In addition, USDA has set aside $6 billion for the Pandemic Assistance for Producers program. This is another opportunity for compensation to dry bean producers, said Hance in a Red River Farm Network interview.
 
“There are a list of entities that will possibly be included in this $6 billion. The specialty crops in the sales commodity category, including dry beans, are among those that could potentially be included.”
 
Hance stresses that this decision is subject to rulemaking, so it will be several months before it will be known how the funds are distributed.

ND and MN Dry Bean Council, Northarvest Special Election Results

The Northarvest Bean Growers Association held a special election for District 9 in March.  The mail ballots certified election results show Jeff Kosek of Brownton, Minnesota will complete the incumbent’s two-year term.

Kosek raises corn, kidney beans, black beans and has a cow/calf operation and a feedlot. He is a member of the Brownton town board and the Minnesota Corn Growers Association. In his nomination description, Kosek said he would like to bring more farm program attention to the board, specifically when it comes to fair and equitable insurance for dry bean farmers. The Brownton farmer also enjoys working with others.

The North Dakota Dry Bean Council elected Kevin Regan of Webster, North Dakota to serve his third, three-year term as representative of District 2. Regan is currently elected by the Northarvest board to serve as delegate to the U.S. Dry Bean Council (USDBC) and currently serves as the USDBC treasurer.

The Minnesota Dry Bean Council elected Jacob Faugstad of Climax, Minnesota to his first, three-year term in District 1. Mark Dombeck of Perham, Minnesota was elected to serve a three-year term representing District 5.

Weekly Dry Bean Market Review

USDA Market News puts the grower price for black beans this past week was $27 to $32 per hundredweight (cwt). Pinto bean prices are holding steady at $30 per cwt. Navies are at $32 per cwt. Kidney bean prices increased to $40 to $46 per cwt for lights and darks. Dry beans under contract are moving at a steady pace with current crop prices steady with moderate demand. According to report contacts, rail cars (month out), trucks and containers are still difficult to source. Check out the April 13 report.

Crop Progress Report – April 12, 2021

In North Dakota, USDA’s National Ag Statistics Service says there were 5.8 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending April 11. Topsoil moisture is rated 83 percent short to very short, and subsoil moisture is rated 80 percent short to very short. Minnesota farmers had 2.4 days suitable for fieldwork dur the week ending April 11. Topsoil moisture is rated 64 percent adequate with pasture conditions rated 79 percent fair to good.
 

Sabolik Joins the Northarvest team as Marketing & Communications Director

Danna Sabolik joined the Northarvest Bean Growers Association (NHBGA) as the marketing and communications director on April 1, 2021.  In this role, Danna will lead Northarvest communications and promotions strategy for the dry bean farmers in North Dakota and Minnesota.

The association is very happy to welcome Sabolik.  “Northarvest has an exceptional story to share about how this organization has developed for our farmers in North Dakota and Minnesota,” says Executive Vice President Tim Courneya. “Danna provides a voice for the farmers to humanize their efforts on behalf of consumers looking for nutritious food options, like dry beans provide for the world.”

Prior to her hire with NHBGA, Sabolik was a reporter for Dairy Star, Star Publications and an editor with Future Farmer, Spotlight Media. “Northarvest provides an opportunity to work on behalf of farm families that grow a healthy safe product from field to plate,” states Sabolik.  “As an agricultural journalist, I am looking forward to giving farmers the voice that so many times gets lost when it may be the most important voice providing the world its nutritious food.”

Sabolik holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas.

Dry Bean Scene

Some parts of North Dakota and Minnesota received timely rains this past week, while others did not. Huso Crop Consulting owner Mark Huso, who is basked at Lakota, North Dakota, comments on the moisture situation in the latest Dry Bean Scene. This weekly radio update is made possible by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.