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U.S. Dry Bean Production Expected to Decline

USDA released the latest Crop Production Report on October 12. U.S. production of dry beans is forecast at 22.6 million cwt, down 3 percent from the August forecast and
down 31 percent from 2020. Area planted is estimated at 1.40 million acres, down 4 percent from the August forecast and down 20 percent from 2020. Area harvested is forecast at 1.34 million acres, down 4 percent from the August forecast and down 20 percent from 2020. The yield is forecast at 1,686 pounds per acre, an increase of 11 pounds from the August forecast, but a decrease of 280 pounds from last season.
 
In North Dakota, dry bean production is forecast at 5.95 million cwt, down 53% from 2020. Area for harvest, at 640,000 acres, is down 18% from last year. Yield is estimated at 930 pounds per acre, down 700 pounds per acre from last year.
 
Minnesota dry bean production is forecast at 4.47 million cwt, down 19 percent from last year. An expected 229,000 acres will be harvested, with an expected yield of 1,950 pounds per acre.

Crop Progress Report – October 12, 2021

According to USDA’s Crop Progress Report, dry edible bean harvest in North Dakota was 90%. That behind 95% last year, but ahead of 80% average.
 
Topsoil moisture supplies in North Dakota were 27% very short, 27% short, 41% adequate, and 5% surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 36% very short, 29% short, 32% adequate, and 3% surplus.
 
In Minnesota, dry beans harvested was 92%. That’s equal to 96% last year and ahead of 88% average.
 
Topsoil moisture supplies in Minnesota were 4 percent very short, 21 percent short, 70 percent adequate and 5 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were rated 11 percent very short, 36 percent short, 51 percent adequate and 2 percent surplus.
 
Get the latest Crop Progress numbers.

Weekly Dry Bean Market Review

USDA Market News reports trading of dry beans remains mostly light with moderate demand. New crop prices for all pulses remain steady to firm.
 
For pintos, the grower price in Minnesota and North Dakota is $48-to-$50 per hundredweight. That’s unchanged from the previous week. Black beans are unchanged at $48-to-$49. Navies are unchanged at $42 per hundredweight. Dark red and light red kidney bean prices are steady at $44-to-$49 per hundredweight.
 

Job Opening: Dry Bean Research Specialist

The Department of Plant Sciences at North Dakota State University is seeking a research specialist to assist in the dry bean breeding/genetics program.

Candidate is expected to participate in all the field, greenhouse, and laboratory activities involved in a breeding program. This includes the planning, organizing, and conducting of experiments under the supervision of the project leader. Tasks may include (but not limited to) seed and field preparation, planting and maintenance of field trials, and disease evaluations), recording, editing, and data analysis using statistical programs, collaborate with some activities in the DNA laboratory and the canning testing, and assisting the program leader in keeping, preparing, and compiling data and research results.

The candidate is expected to interact and work as part of a team that includes other research specialists, students and interns, growers, plant breeders, and other scientists. Duties will involve all aspects of a breeding/genetics program so the candidate has a holistic approach and learns all the aspects involved in the functioning of a breeding program.

Apply here.

Weekly Dry Bean Market Review

USDA Market News reports trading of dry beans remains mostly light, though higher than recent reports, with good demand compared to last week.
 
For pintos, the grower price in Minnesota and North Dakota is $48-to-$50 per hundredweight. That’s steady to $2 higher. Black beans are steady to $1 higher at $48-to-$49. Navies are unchanged at $42 per hundredweight. Dark red and light red kidney bean prices remain steady at $44-to-$49 per hundredweight.
 
New crop prices for all pulses remain steady to firm. View the September 28 report.

Crop Progress Report – Sept. 27, 2021

According to USDA’s Crop Progress Report, dry edible bean harvest in North Dakota was 73%. That’s near 71% last year and ahead of 63% average.
 
Topsoil moisture supplies in North Dakota were 32% very short, 39% short, 28% adequate, and 1% surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 41% very short, 35% short, 23% adequate, and 1% surplus.
 
In Minnesota, dry beans harvested was 72%. That’s ahead of 67% last year and 69% average.
 
Topsoil moisture supplies in Minnesota were 9% very short, 24% short, 65% adequate and 2% surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were rated 17% very short, 37% short, 45% adequate and 1% surplus.
 
Dry beans were 96% harvested in Montana (including Chickpeas), 81% in Idaho, 95% in Washington, 74% in Colorado, 63% in Nebraska, 74% in Wyoming and 64% in Michigan. Get the latest Crop Progress numbers.

Weekly Dry Bean Market Review

USDA Market News reports trading of dry beans remains mostly light, though higher than recent reports, with good demand compared to last week. Grower prices for black beans in North Dakota and Minnesota remain at $48 per hundredweight. Pinto bean prices are up $3 this week to $48 per cwt. Navy beans are unchanged at $42 per hundredweight. Dark red and light red kidney bean prices remain steady at $47-to-$49 per hundredweight. New crop prices for all pulses remain steady to firm. View the September 21 report.

Crop Progress Report – Sept. 20, 2021

According to USDA’s Crop Progress Report, dry edible bean condition in North Dakota rated 15% very poor, 30% poor, 39% fair, 16% good, and 0% excellent. Dropping leaves was 95%, near 96% last year, and equal to average. Harvested was 57%, ahead of 51% last year and 49% average. Topsoil moisture supplies in North Dakota were 0% very short, 34% short, 34% adequate, and 2% surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 43% very short, 33% short, 23% adequate, and 1% surplus. In Minnesota, dry beans rated 19% very poor, 24% poor, 46% fair, 19% good, and 2% excellent. Dropping leaves was 95%, near both 92% last year and average. Harvested was 52%, ahead of 42% last year and 48% average. Topsoil moisture supplies in Minnesota were rated 11% very short, 24% short, 61% adequate and 4% surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were rated 19% very short, 37% short, 43% adequate and 1% surplus. Dry beans were 90% harvested in Montana (including Chickpeas), 73% in Idaho, 91% in Washington, 63% in Colorado, 49% in Nebraska, 30% in Wyoming and 49% in Michigan. Get the latest Crop Progress numbers.

Early Dry Bean Harvest is a Mixed Bag

The edible bean market is poised for below average production, judging by the prices, which still are strong as farmers begin their harvest, said Tim Courneya, Northarvest Bean Growers executive vice president.
 
“They aren’t backing off,” he said. “We planted enough beans to be a little more bearish but the markets are bulled up.”
 
A few elevator Courneya called in early September were offering prices for navy beans that were in the high $30s per hundredweight and one had a price of $41 per hundredweight.
 

Weekly Dry Bean Market Review

USDA Market News reports that trade remains mostly light, though higher than recent reports, with good demand compared to last week. New crop prices for all pulses remain steady to firm. Grower prices for black beans in North Dakota and Minnesota are at $45-to-$47 per hundredweight (cwt). Pinto bean prices are at $45 per cwt. Navy beans are at $42 per cwt. Dark red and light red kidney bean prices are at $45-to-$49 per cwt.

View the September 14 report.