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Specialty Crop Block Grants Awarded for Dry Bean Research

The North Dakota Department of Agriculture has awarded 24 grants totaling more than $2.7 million to promote the development, cultivation, production and sales of specialty crops. North Dakota State University will receive:
  • $81,767 to study the optimization of fungicide timing, row spacing and winter rye for improved Sclerotinia management in dry beans.
  • $202,040 for increasing breeding efficiencies in dry bean by using improved selection tools for cultivar development.
The Agriculture Department received 48 applications for grants, which were reviewed and scored by a select committee and approved by Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. Of the 48 applications, 24 were forwarded to U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service for final approval.

Weekly Dry Bean Market News

According to the Weekly Dry Bean Market News report, grower prices for North Dakota and Minnesota remain mostly unchanged this week. Dry bean trading activity remains limited with very light demand. Contract product is moving steady.

View the report.

Dry Bean Scene

The persistent, wet conditions are putting this year’s dry bean crop at a greater risk for foliar diseases. Get the details from North Dakota State University plant pathologist Julie Pasche in this week’s Dry Bean Scene on the Red River Farm Network.

Weekly Dry Bean Market News

According to USDA’s Weekly Market News, trading activity remains slow for dry edible beans with very light demand. Contract product is moving steady. Grower prices for most classes of dry beans remain unchanged from one week ago.

View the report.

Weekly Dry Bean Market News

According to USDA’s Weekly Market News, trading activity remains slow for dry edible beans with very light demand. Contract product is moving steady. Grower prices for all classes of dry beans remain unchanged from one week ago. View the report here.

Mexico Dry Bean Sales are Slow

Dry bean traders in the different Mexican markets consider the economy, in general, is very slow. With slow sales, there is therefore more dry bean product in storage than expected. This is not allowing for regular trading flow, and reportedly payments for imported beans have been delayed.
 
Mexico Imports from January to April 2019
  • Mexico’s accumulated bean imports from all origins totaled 35,573 metric tons, with a value of $27,611 ,060 U.S.
  • From these, 31,323 MT were U.S. beans with a value of $23,559,075 U.S.
  • Since January 2019, 18,297 MT of U.S black beans, 9,979 MT of U.S pinto beans and 3,047 MT of U.S white beans have been imported by Mexico.
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A Variety of Bean Classes Bought by USDA

USDA has purchased a variety of dry edible bean classes for distribution to the child nutrition and other related domestic food assistance programs for Fiscal Year 2019. The purchase total is over $1.9 million and included baby lima, blackeye, Great Northern, light red kidney and pinto beans. More details on the purchase can be viewed here.

Dry Bean Solicitation

USDA has issued a solicitation dry beans for use in the National School Lunch and other Federal Food and Nutrition Assistance programs. A total of 87,475 hundredweight of dry beans are being sought, including blackeye, baby lima, Great Northern, light red kidney and pinto beans. Bids are due May 13.