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Weekly Dry Bean Market Review

The dry beans under contract are moving at a steady pace. According to report contacts, rail cars and containers are getting harder to source. USDA Market News puts the grower price for black beans this past week was $27 to $32 per hundredweight (cwt). Pinto beans range from $30 to $32 per cwt. Navies are at $32 per cwt. Kidney bean prices also remain steady at $34 to $43 per cwt for lights and darks.
 
View the USDA Weekly Market Review for February 23.

Final Change to Register for BeanCon21

Registration for BeanCon21 is officially open. The event is a one-stop-shop for all things dry beans, combining innovative sessions on future trends, harvest and quality updates, live chef demos and one-on-one business networking sessions in a virtual setting.
 
Other topics on the agenda include:
  • Why Beans are the Next Big Thing
  • The U.S. Dry Bean Value Proposition
  • Innovation and Trends Around the World
  • Global Culinary Inspiration
BeanCon21 will take place in three-hour blocks over the course of three days March 2 -4. Days 1 and 2 will feature the one on one meetings that participants will be able to sign up for to conduct private business sessions.

Weekly Dry Bean Market Review

The dry beans under contract are moving at a steady pace. According to report contacts, railcars and containers are getting harder to source. USDA Market News says the grower price for black beans this past week was $27 to $30 per hundredweight (cwt). Pinto beans range from $29 to $32 per cwt. Navies are at $29 per cwt. Kidney bean prices also remain steady at $34 to $43 per cwt for lights and darks. View the USDA Weekly Market Review for February 9.

“Getting It Right” Dry Bean Webinar Held

Farmers and crop advisers had the opportunity to receive dry edible bean production information during a virtual “Getting It Right” meeting that NDSU Extension held this past Tuesday, February 2.
 
The subjects that were covered and presenters included:
  • Market types and variety review – Hans Kandel, Extension agronomist
  • Recommendations for selected plant establishment factors – Greg Endres, Extension cropping systems specialist
  • Soil considerations and plant nutrition – Dave Franzen, Extension soil science specialist
  • Insect management – Janet Knodel, Extension entomologist
  • Disease management – Sam Markell, Extension plant pathologist
  • Weed management – Joe Ikley, Extension weed specialist
 
Also during the program, Mitch Coulter, Northarvest executive director, provided an update from the organization. In addition, a prerecorded video that provides a dry bean market update by Frayne Olson, Extension crops economist, was available.
 
Videos from the webinar are posted online at: https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/carringtonrec/videos.

USDBC Winter Board Meeting Outlines a Busy 2021

The U.S. Dry Bean Council (USDBC) concluded its winter board meeting virtually last week. During the meeting, USDBC outlined numerous initiatives for 2021 that capitalize on continued strong global demand for U.S. dry beans.
 
The initiatives outlined include:
  •  A new staffing pattern for Latin America (not including Mexico) resulting in enhanced market coverage and in country presence.
  • Global U.S. dry bean value proposition research revealing key messaging to be incorporated into future strategies.
  • Analysis of the current threat to dry bean trade posed by low or zero tolerance MRLs in Vietnam as a template for future global research and recommended response.
  • Ongoing work on dry bean innovation focused on bean flour and ready to eat dishes with beans, to become part of USDBC’s domestic and global promotion work.
  • Enhanced global social media and PR campaigns in all programs while travel remains limited.
  • Ongoing pivot to virtual trade missions for Q1 2021 with UK/EU up next.
  • Final push for BeanCon21 registrations, matchmaking for business sessions, pre-production of all panels set to begin early this month.

Weekly Dry Bean Market Review

Dry beans under contract are moving at a steady pace. According to report contacts, rail- cars and containers are getting harder to source. USDA Market News says the grower price for black beans this past week was $27 to $30 per hundredweight (cwt). Pinto beans range from $29 to $30 per cwt. Navies are at $29 per cwt. Kidney bean prices also remain steady at $34 to $43 per cwt for lights and darks. View the USDA Weekly Market Review for February 2.
Grady Thorsgard - Harvest (black and pinto)

Dry Bean Solicitation

USDA is looking for dry beans for use in the National School Lunch Program and other Federal Food and Nutrition Assistance Programs. Specifically, the agency is seeking a total of 381,360 CS dry, packaged pinto beans. Bids are due Thursday, February 11 by 1:00 P.M. Central Time. Questions regarding this procurement be directed to: Christopher Edwards at (816) 926-6976. View the offer.

“Getting It Right” Dry Bean Webinar Slated for Feb. 2

Farmers and crop advisers will have an opportunity to receive dry edible bean production information during a virtual “Getting It Right” meeting that NDSU Extension is holding.
 
“This webinar will provide concise presentations to reach dry bean producers and crop advisers with research-based production recommendations for 2021,” says Greg Endres, Extension cropping systems specialist based at NDSU’s Carrington Research Extension Center.
 
The subjects that will be covered and presenters are:
  • Market types and variety review – Hans Kandel, Extension agronomist
  • Recommendations for selected plant establishment factors – Endres
  • Soil considerations and plant nutrition – Dave Franzen, Extension soil science specialist
  • Insect management – Janet Knodel, Extension entomologist
  • Disease management – Sam Markell, Extension plant pathologist
  • Weed management – Joe Ikley, Extension weed specialist
 
Also during the program, Mitch Coulter, Northarvest executive director, will provide an update of the organization. In addition, a prerecorded video that provides a dry bean market update by Frayne Olson, Extension crops economist, will be available.
 
Preregistration is required to participate in the meeting. Visit https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/carringtonrec/events to view the schedule and preregister. Those who preregister will receive emailed instructions to participate in the meeting. The February 2 presentations will be recorded and archived. Certified crop adviser continuing education credits will be available for meeting participants.
 
NDSU Extension is organizing and conducting the meeting in cooperation with the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.
2018 harvest w/ tractor.

2020 Dry Bean Production Increases

U.S. dry edible bean production was estimated at 33 million hundredweight (cwt) for 2020, according to the latest Crop Production Summary from USDA. That’s an increase of 59 percent from the previous year for comparable states. Planted area was estimated at 1.74 million acres, up 35 percent from 2019. Harvested area was estimated at 1.68 million acres, up 43 percent from the previous year for comparable states. The average U.S. yield for dry beans for the 2020 season is 1,966 pounds per acre. That’s an increase of 197 from 2019.
 
 
The full report, including dry bean area planted and harvested, yield and production by commercial class is available here (starting on page 74).

Dry Bean Info Shared at Virtual Lake Region Extension Roundup

The 2021 Virtual Lake Region Extension Roundup took place this past week. A wide range of agricultural production topics were offered. Specifically, there were two presentations on dry beans:
Click here to view the recorded version of the zoom from Tuesday, January 5. This recording will be available through Wednesday, January 13.