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U.S. General Election Results

Votes are still being tallied in the U.S. General Election. Democratic candidate Joe Biden is expanding narrow leads over current Republican President Donald Trump in Pennsylvania and Georgia. The Electoral College vote count according to Reuters has Biden at a 253 to 214 lead. View election results from North Dakota and Minnesota, too.

Harvest Filming Underway, Webinars to Follow

Dry bean harvest is in full swing, and farmers are busier than ever. The U.S. Dry Bean Council (USDBC) has have been capturing footage of the action to use it to tell the industry’s story. It will also aid in communicating critical production and quality information with international buyers and other key audiences.
 
When the global pandemic eliminated the opportunity for USDBC’s traditional reverse trade mission, they pivoted and partnered with teams from FLM Harvest and Torchwerks to travel around the Midwest. The photo shoots and interviews include farmers, processors and dealers from four states, including both North Dakota and Minnesota. The content captured will be used for webinars with international buyers, as well as in a dry bean harvest video. USDBC looks forward to sharing the final video later this fall.
Grady Thorsgard - Harvest (black and pinto)

Dry Bean Harvest Progress – September 28

North Dakota – Harvest was 74% complete, well ahead of 36% last year and 67 percent average.
 
Minnesota – Harvest was 71% complete, well ahead of 34% last year, but behind 75% average.
 
Wyoming – Dry edible beans cut are 64%. Harvest is at 66%, ahead of 51% last year and 57% average.
 
Colorado – Dry edible beans cut are 59%. Harvest is at 13%, behind 29% last year and 41% average.
 
Nebraska – Harvest was 75% complete, ahead of 61% last year.
 
Michigan – Dry edible beans mature are at 55%. Harvest was 37% complete, ahead of 15% last year and on track with 35% average.
 
Idaho – Harvest was 82% complete, ahead of 60% last year but behind 79% average.
 
Oregon – Harvest was 71% complete, behind 77% last year and 83% average.
 
Washington – Harvest is wrapping up at 95% complete, compared to 62% last year and 84% percent average.
 
View the latest USDA Weekly Crop Progress Report here.

Dry Bean Scene

Dry bean harvest is in full swing in both North Dakota and Minnesota. Get an update on the crop in the Dry Bean Scene on the Red River Farm Network made possible. This program is made possible, in part, by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.
 

More Palmer Amaranth Found in ND

Palmer amaranth was confirmed in Barnes and Cass Counties in North Dakota this past week. A crop specialist noticed some suspect plants in a Barnes County field and notified the landowner. The landowner worked with a North Dakota State University Extension specialist, who submitted samples for DNA analysis to the National Agricultural Genotyping Center, where it was confirmed as Palmer amaranth. In the Cass County case, a NDSU Extension specialist found it within the city of Fargo, and it was confirmed in the same way.
 
Palmer amaranth is native to the southwestern U.S. but was accidentally introduced to other areas and has devastated crops in the South and Midwest. It is a prolific seed producer that can emerge throughout the growing season. It grows rapidly at 2-3 inches per day in optimum conditions and is prone to herbicide resistance and multiple modes of action. It is a highly invasive weed that can dramatically cut crop yields.
 
These are the third and fourth findings this year, with the other findings being in Benson and Stutsman counties. Additional information on palmer amaranth and other noxious weeds are available here. To report a suspect plant, go to https://www.nd.gov/ndda/pa or contact your local county weed officer or North Dakota State University Extension agent.

Two Palmer Findings in Two Weeks

Palmer amaranth has been confirmed in Stutsman County, North Dakota. A county weed officer noticed some suspect plants in a field and notified the landowner. One week prior, the noxious weed, along with large amounts of waterhemp, were identified in a Benson County, North Dakota soybean field. It’s not exactly known how the weed got there, but the Benson County Extension agent thinks the weeds may have been there for many years.
 
Palmer amaranth is native to the southwestern U.S. but was accidentally introduced to other areas and has devastated crops in the South and Midwest. It is a prolific seed producer that can emerge throughout the growing season. It grows rapidly at 2-3 inches per day in optimum conditions and is prone to herbicide resistance and multiple modes of action. It is a highly invasive weed that can dramatically cut crop yields.
 
Additional information on palmer amaranth and other noxious weeds are available here. To report a suspect plant, go to https://www.nd.gov/ndda/pa or contact your local county weed officer or North Dakota State University Extension agent.

Dry Bean Scene

Dry bean harvest is underway for some farmers in North Dakota and Minnesota. For others, the start isn’t too far away. Hear more in the Dry Bean Scene made possible, in part, by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.

Select Counties Can Hay/Grazing Cover Crops Early

USDA’s Risk Management Agency is opening up haying and grazing of cover crops on prevent plant acres to September 1 for 42 counties in the Dakotas. This response follows letters sent from North Dakota farm groups, noting the backlog in livestock numbers due to the COVID-19 pandemic and large amount of PP acres in the state due to excessive flooding. The 23 qualifying North Dakota counties include: Barnes, Cass, Grand Forks, Nelson, Steele, Stutsman and Wells.
 

Dry Bean Scene

The dry edible bean growers looks good in portions of North Dakota and Minnesota, while some fields have been inundated by too much moisture and severe weather. Also, growers should be on the lookout for both bacterial blight and rust. Get the full details in this week’s 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 is steady with very good demand, according to USDA’s Weekly Market News. Contract product is moving steady. North Dakota and Minnesota grower prices for pinto beans are $38 to $40 per cwt. Black beans remain steady at $25 to $27 per cwt and navy beans are at $30 to $35 per cwt. In North Dakota, Garbanzo beans are remain steady at $17 per cwt.