Drought Conditions Continue to Improve

Last weekend’s heavy rains across North Dakota and Minnesota were enough to improve dry conditions, but more rains will be needed to break the longer-term drought. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor shows Golden Valley, North Dakota in exceptional drought, with the rest of the sate ranging from abnormally dry to extreme drought conditions. Minnesota also […]

Dry Bean Scene

Johnstown Bean Company general manager Dylan Karley joins this week’s Dry Bean Scene on the Red River Farm Network. While pinto and black bean yields have been coming in below normal, a bright spot have been favorable harvest conditions. This radio update is made possible, in part, by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.

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 […]

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 […]

Gov. Walz Announces $10 Million in Drought Relief

Today, Governor Tim Walz announced a $10 million drought relief package to support Minnesota farmers and livestock producers impacted by severe drought conditions during the 2021 growing season. “Historic drought conditions have created extreme stress and financial hardship for our farmers and livestock producers during an already difficult time for the agricultural industry,” said Governor […]

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 […]

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.” […]

Crop Progress Report – Sept. 13, 2021

According to USDA’s Crop Progress Report, dry edible bean condition in North Dakota rated 16% very poor, 30% poor, 37% fair, 16% good, and 1% excellent. Dropping leaves was 93%, ahead of 88% last year, and near 89% average. Harvested was 39%, ahead of 26% last year and 32% average.   Topsoil moisture supplies in […]

Minnesota Drought Conditions Continue to Worsen

In the last week, northwest Minnesota went fromextreme to exceptional drought, stretching across nine counties. The exceptional drought starts in Polk and Norman counties and goes through Lake of Woods county. Severe and extreme drought covers the rest of northwest Minnesota.   This is the driest northwest Minnesota’s been since the 1980s. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources […]

Dry Bean Scene

Crops in the Brownton, Minnesota area weren’t looking too bad until this last week. That’s according to farmer Jeff Kosek, who serves on the Northarvest Bean Growers Association board of directors. The area hasn’t received any measurable rain since around July 7. Hear more in the Dry Bean Scene made possible, in part, by Northarvest.