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Dry Bean Scene

Specialty crops make up about ten percent of the total crop acreage in the United States, which makes dry beans an important piece of the 2020 outlook. Get the details in the Dry Bean Scene on the Red River Farm Network, made possible by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.

Dry Bean Scene

The Northarvest Bean Growers Association is launching a new video, featuring farmers, processors and researchers to tell the story of dry edible beans and those who grow and consume them. Hear more about the video in the latest Dry Bean Scene on the Red River Farm Network, made possible by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.

Whip Up Some White Bean Gravy

Turkey and gravy are the perfect combination for any holiday feast! With less fat and plenty of fiber, white bean gravy is a rich, savory and nutritious option for your holiday table. Plus, adding some sage and thyme put this gravy recipe over the top in the flavor department. Get the recipe.

Weekly Dry Bean Market News

Dry bean trading activity remains limited with moderate demand according to USDA’s Weekly Market News. North Dakota and Minnesota grower prices for pinto beans increased to $28 to $30 per cwt. Black beans remain steady at $23 to $25 per cwt, while navy beans are at $25 to $26 per cwt. Kidney bean prices for Minnesota jumped to $38 to $42 per cwt. View the report.

Production Numbers Continue to Decline in Mexico

According to U.S. Dry Bean Council Mexican market intelligence, Mexico dry bean production estimates for November declined as harvest wraps up. Production is estimated around 400 thousand metric tons for all states that planted dry beans in 2019 spring/summer cycle. This would be 52 percent less than the 859,000 metric tons produced in 2018. In Chihuahua, some lots were not even harvested due to frost that occurred at the end of October and first week of November. Pinto beans are practically sold out. Zacatecas is reportedly the most stable so far. Damage is still being assessed and more cold fronts are expected during the remainder of November. Producers in Durango are trying to capitalize on the recent cold spells, demanding the government increase the price guarantee from 14,500 to 18,000 pesos (US$763.15 to US$947.36 per metric ton.) Read more.

Trade Mission Reveals Future Opportunities with Turkey

Trade dynamics with Turkey can be challenging and influenced by numerous variables. The U.S. Dry Bean Council is optimistic about reports from a trade delegation that returned from Turkey last week, confirming that contacts remain strong, as does interest in purchasing U.S. dry beans. Turkey’s own domestic dry bean production has been declining over the past decade, while consumption remains strong. A stronger currency means that Turkish buyers are now in a good position to purchase high quality U.S. dry beans this year and beyond. This is traditionally a market for white beans and garbanzos. Read more.

Complete Dry Bean Grower Surveys

The 2019 Dry Bean Grower Survey of Production, Pest Problems and Pesticide Use has been mailed. The survey is a cooperative effort between the Northarvest Bean Growers Association and the NDSU Extension Service and made possible through a grant from Northarvest.

Results from this survey are important and provide dry bean growers and invested stakeholders with information about grower practices in North Dakota and Minnesota. It also helps identify research and pesticide registration priorities. Survey responses are kept completely anonymous. View the 2018 survey results.

Warm Up With Soup

Cream-style soups are a favorite for warm, soothing meals on cold winter nights. The addition of a cup or two of cooked beans can stretch canned or homemade soup into a complete, protein-rich meal in just minutes. Stir a can of drained, rinsed white beans into tomato soup or try pinto beans added to cream of celery soup. Check out these soup recipes.

Weekly Dry Bean Market News

Dry bean trading activity remains limited with moderate demand according to USDA’s Weekly Market News. North Dakota and Minnesota grower prices for pinto beans are at $27 to $28 per cwt. Black beans remain steady at $23 to $25 per cwt, while navy beans are at $25 to $26 per cwt. Kidney bean prices for Minnesota jumped to $38 to $42 per cwt. View the latest report.

Harvest Progress – November 18

According to USDA’s Weekly Crop Progress report, harvest has finally come to a close in most states. In North Dakota, harvest is 92 percent complete. That compares to 87 percent the previous week. In Minnesota, harvest increased from 88 to 97 percent complete the past week. Dry bean harvest in Michigan is 95 percent done, an increase from 92 percent the previous week. View crop progress by state.