USDA Purchases Packaged and Canned Beans

Dry edible beans and canned beans have been purchased by USDA for distribution to the child nutrition and other related domestic food assistance program for Fiscal Year 2019. The purchase includes packaged pinto, baby lima, Great Northern and light red kidney beans, pinto bean totes and canned garbanzo beans, totaling over $1.08 million.

View the purchase.

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Dry Bean Production Forecast Cut in August Report

According to the August USDA Crop Production Report, production of dry edible beans is forecast at 24.6 million hundredweight, down 34 percent from 2018. Area planted is estimated at 1.33 million acres. That’s up two percent from the previous forecast, but down 36 percent from 2018. Area harvested is forecast at 1.28 million acres, up two percent from the previous forecast, but 36 percent below 2018. The average U.S. dry bean yield is forecast at 1,919 pounds per acre, an increase of 59 pounds from last season.

View the August Crop Production Report.


*Beginning in 2019, estimates no longer include chickpeas.

Not Just for Pasta: Pesto and Beans

Although it’s used most often with pasta, pesto is perfect with beans for a main dish that is packed with protein, fiber and the best flavors of Mediterranean cuisine. Stir a few tablespoons of pesto into canned or freshly cooked beans and serve with a tossed salad and crusty bread for a fast summer meal.
This pesto recipe from Bon Appetit used pine nuts, which are traditional in Italian pesto, but you can substitute walnuts if you like.

Dry Bean Scene

Leeds, North Dakota farmer Eric Jorgenson has been dealing with dry conditions for much of the growing season. Get the details in the Dry Bean Scene on the Red River Farm Network, made possible in part by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.

Weekly Dry Bean Market News

Dry bean trading activity remains limited with very light demand. This week is a transition from old crop to new crop for peas, lentils and garbs. Weather is a big factor for the next month and a half for dry beans before harvest starts. According to USDA’s Weekly Dry Bean Market News, grower prices for North Dakota and Minnesota remain mostly unchanged this week.

Crop Progress – August 5

According to the USDA Weekly Crop Progress report, dry bean blooming in North Dakota is at 86 percent. Setting pods is at 66 percent, behind 76 percent last year , but near 64 percent average. The crop is rating dropped to 68 percent good to excellent.
In Minnesota, blooming is at 85 percent. Setting pods is at 60 percent, behind 71 percent last year and 69 percent average. The crop condition improved from the previous week with a 67 percent good to excellent rating.
The Idaho dry bean crop is rated 66 percent good to excellent. In Oregon, 65 percent of dry beans are in good to excellent condition. A good to excellent rating of 72 percent was given to dry beans in Washington. USDA is reporting 73 percent of Montana dry beans and chickpeas are blooming, compared to 52 percent one week ago.
The Wyoming dry bean crop is 85 percent blooming and 36 percent setting pods, with a 71 percent good to excellent rating. Blooming is at 62 percent in Colorado with a rating of 61 good to excellent. The Michigan dry bean crop is rated 57 percent good to excellent and 43 percent blooming, behind 74 percent last year.
Stay up to date on the latest Crop Progress reports here.

Beans in Favorite Family Recipes

It’s easy enough to find recipes for any dish you could possibly want in cookbooks, magazines and on the internet, but nothing beats tried-and-true family favorites. One of the Bean Institute readers submitted this recipe that she’s been making for close to 20 years, saying her family has never tired of it.

U.S. Dry Bean Council Holds Summer Board Meeting

The U.S. Dry Bean Council’s summer board meeting took place July 19 and 20 in Snowmass, Colorado in conjunction with the U.S. Dry Bean Convention. This year’s meeting focused on USDBC’s response to the current trade environment and the downturn in global exports.
The Agricultural Affairs and International Promotion Committees both discussed and defined several new approaches to shoring up global markets and expressing industry policy priorities. That includes another Washington D.C. Fly-In in the spring of 2020, and the implementation of several new trade opportunities under the new Agricultural Trade Promotion program.

Mexico Weather Very Dry at Start of Bean Planting

Mexico is currently behind in precipitation for this year’s spring/summer dry bean cycle and experiencing above average temperatures. Planting season in Zacatecas, Durango, Chihuahua, San Luis Potosi and Guanajuato is delayed due to the lack of precipitation. Although planting dates in Zacatecas, Durango and Chihuahua can be extended after the recommended planting season, dry beans will be at the risk of an early frost and erratic rainfall during the growing season. According to Mexican government sources, the programmed production for 2019, is projected to be 50,000 metric tons higher than 2018.

Promising Niche Market Opportunities in Peru

The U.S. Dry Bean Council recently concluded a fact-finding mission to Peru. U.S. agricultural exports to Peru increased from $424 million in 2008 to $1.3 billion in 2018. Currently, the U.S. is the largest agricultural product supplier with 31 percent market share. About two-thirds of U.S. agricultural goods enter the country duty free, including dry beans. In marketing year 2017/18, the U.S. exported 4,147 metric tons of dry beans to Peru. This is due primarily to lower Peruvian dry bean production and increased demand for navy beans for food assistance programs, which drove up U.S. exports.