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Recipe: White Bean Pitas

Packed with flavorful spices, veggie varieties and nutritional value, this is a white bean recipe you don’t want to miss out on! These middle eastern pitas make for a quick, light, delicious and healthy meal. Serve with a cucumber or green salad.
 
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 15-ounce can, rinsed and drained, or 1 3/4 cups cooked dry-packaged white beans
  • 1 1/2 cups tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups peeled, coarsely chopped cucumber
  • 1 cup coarsely crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/3 cup fresh chopped Italian parsley
  • 4 whole pita bread rounds, halved crosswise
  • Plain yogurt
Directions
  1. In a medium bowl whisk olive oil and white wine vinegar. Combine cumin, coriander, cinnamon and cayenne pepper, blend with the oil mixture.
  2. Place drained white beans in large bowl and mix in enough vinaigrette to coat. Let stand 10 minutes to allow flavors to blend.
  3. Add tomatoes, cucumbers, feta cheese, red onion, and parsley to white beans. Mix in enough vinaigrette to coat. Season bean salad to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Fill pita halves with bean salad and top with dollop of yogurt. Place 2 pita halves on each of 4 plates; pass remaining vinaigrette separately.
Get more recipes from the U.S. Dry Bean Council here.

Weekly Dry Bean Market Review

 
Dry bean trading activity is steady and new crop values are being established, according to USDA’s Weekly Market Review. North Dakota and Minnesota grower prices for pinto beans are $23 to $24.25 per cwt. Black bean prices range from $24 to $25 per cwt and navy beans at $26-27 per cwt. Light red kidney bean bids come in at $40 to $43 cwt and dark reds range from $38 to $44 cwt.
2018 harvest w/ tractor.

Harvest Progress Report – September 14

North Dakota – Dry edible beans dropping leaves was 90%, ahead of 82% last year and equal to average. Harvested was 29%, ahead of 12% last year, but behind 38% average.
 
Minnesota – Dry edible beans dropping leaves was 85%, ahead of 76% last year and behind 88% average. Harvested was 20%, ahead of 10% last year, but behind 34% average.
 
Wyoming – Dry edible beans cut are 47%, ahead of 26% last year and 41% average. Harvested was 21%, ahead of 6% last year and 15% average.
 
Colorado – Dry edible beans cut are 33%, ahead of 17% last year, but behind 36% average. Harvest has just begun at 5% complete, behind 7% last year and 15 average.
 
Nebraska – Dry edible beans dropping leaves was 75%, well ahead of 52% last year. Harvested was 26%, ahead of 8% last year.
 
Michigan – Dry edible beans dropping leaves was 68%, ahead of 42% last year and 52% average.
 
Idaho – Dry edible bean harvest was 31% complete. That is behind 34% last year and 61% average.
 
Oregon – Dry edible bean harvest was 28% complete. That is behind 45% last year and 62% average.
 
Washington – Dry edible bean harvest was 53% complete. That compares to 26% last year and 62% percent average.
 
View the latest USDA Weekly Crop Progress Report here.

September Crop Production Report Released

USDA released the September 2020 Crop Production Report. List below are the dry edible bean numbers. The full report is available here.
 
 
 Special note: The forecasts in this report are based on conditions as of September 1. Any potential impacts from the below freezing temperatures that occurred after September 1 will be reflected in future reports.

Dry Beans Sought in Section 32 Purchase

USDA invites offers to sell dry edible beans under Section 32 pursuant to the AMS Master Solicitation for use in the National School Lunch Program and other Federal Food and Nutrition Assistance Programs. Bids are due Thursday, September 17 by 1:00 p.m. CST. View the solicitation.

Weekly Dry Bean Market Review

Dry bean trading activity is steady and new crop values are being established, according to USDA’s Weekly Market News. Contract product is moving steady. North Dakota and Minnesota grower prices for pinto beans are $23 to $24.25 per cwt. Black bean prices range from $24 to $25 per cwt and navy beans at $25-27 per cwt. Light red kidney bean bids come in at $40 to $43 cwt and dark reds range from $38 to $44 cwt.
2018 harvest w/ tractor.

Harvest Progress Report – September 8

North Dakota – Dry edible beans dropping leaves was 78%, ahead of 73% last year, but near 80% average. Harvested was 11%, ahead of 6% last year, but behind 24% average.
 
Minnesota – Dry edible beans dropping leaves was 62%, equal to 62% last year and behind 68% average. Harvested was 10%, ahead of 4% last year, but behind 14% average.
 
Wyoming – Dry edible beans turning color was 69%, behind 78% last year and 79% average. 40% are cut, ahead of 5% last year and 23% average. Harvested was 14%.
 
Colorado – Dry edible beans cut are 16%, ahead of 5% last year, but behind 21% average. Harvest has just begun at 2% complete.
 
Nebraska – Dry edible beans dropping leaves was 45%, well ahead of 25% last year. Harvested was 25%.
 
Michigan – Dry edible beans dropping leaves was 37%, ahead of 15% last year and 27% average. Maturity was 1%.
 
Idaho – Dry edible bean harvest was 15% complete. That is behind 25% last year and 43% average.
 
Oregon – Dry edible bean harvest was 17% complete. That is behind 40% last year and 52% average.
 
Washington – Dry edible bean harvest was 48% complete. That compares to 17% last year and 46% percent average.
 
View the latest USDA Weekly Crop Progress Report here.

The Future is Virtual… For Now

Source: U.S. Dry Bean Council
 
As we approach dry bean harvest, we would normally begin gearing up to receive global buyers across bean country to observe the new crop. We’d also be getting ready for a busy fall and winter trade mission and trade show season to discuss the new crop with our global customers.
 
The good news is – all of this will still happen, the not necessarily bad news is – it will look and feel a bit different this year due to ongoing Covid travel concerns and restrictions. While in person events will not take place, many virtual events are scheduled. The virtual format allows us to add new events, including harvest reviews in other countries, and ultimately allows us to reach more of our target audience.
 
Here are some of our plans over the harvest season:
  • On August 26 we hosted the first review of the Mexico dry bean crop for the Spring/Summer harvest. Subsequent webinars will be scheduled after the harvest.
  • In early September we will hold a virtual trade mission to the Dominican Republic and Jamaica.
  • In early to Mid September we will host a discussion on trade consultations with the United Kingdom.
  • Next week we will host the first meeting of our newly formed Bean Innovation Working Group
  • In the Fall we will begin a series of webinars on the U.S. dry bean harvest for our global buyers.
  • There will be virtual trade missions to Central America and Colombia/Panama planned before the end of the year.
There will likely be additional events programmed, we will keep you informed, stay tuned.

Weekly Dry Bean Market Review

Dry bean trading activity is steady and new crop values are being established, according to USDA’s Weekly Market News. Contract product is moving steady. North Dakota and Minnesota grower prices for pinto beans are $23 to $24 per cwt. Black bean prices range from $24 to $25 per cwt and navy beans at $35 per cwt. Light red kidney bean bids come in at $40 to $43 cwt and dark reds range from $38 to $44 cwt.
2018 harvest w/ tractor.

Harvest Progress Report – August 31

North Dakota – Dry edible beans setting pods was 95%. Dropping leaves was 49%, behind 56% last year and 63% average. Harvested was 2%, near 1% last year, but behind 10% average.
 
Minnesota – Dry edible beans dropping leaves was 42%, ahead of 39% last year and 39% average. No harvest progress was reported to USDA this past week.
 
Wyoming – Dry edible beans turning color was 58%, compared to 53% last year and 56% average. 22% are cut, ahead of 1% last year and 8% average.
 
Colorado – Dry edible beans cut are 7%, behind 1% last year and 10% average.
 
Nebraska – Dry edible beans dropping leaves was 31%, well ahead of 9% last year. Harvested was 2%.
 
Michigan – Dry edible beans dropping leaves was 18%, ahead of 4% last year.
 
Idaho – Dry edible bean harvest was 4% complete. That is behind 20% last year and 28% average.
 
Oregon – Dry edible bean harvest was 8% complete. That is behind 28% last year and 35% average.
 
Washington – Dry edible bean harvest was 31% complete. That compares to 14% last year and 35% percent average.
 
View the latest USDA Weekly Crop Progress Report here.