Status Quo Predicted for ’19 Dry Bean Acres

In late March, Tim Courneya, executive vice president of the Northarvest Bean Growers Association, based in Frazee, Minn., asked the farmers-directors of his organization how many acres of dry edible beans they intend to plant this spring. Their collective answer, Courneya said, was, “Status quo” — or roughly the same number of acres as they planted in 2018.

So Courneya wasn’t surprised that the annual Prospective Plantings report, released March 29 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, or NASS, projected 2019 U.S. dry bean acreage at 1.237 million, virtually the same as a year ago. “Based on what I’m hearing, the Prospective Plantings number (for 2019 dry bean acres) is spot-on,” Courneya said.

But the 2019 estimate requires some explanation. In the past, chickpeas and dry beans were combined in a single category in the annual NASS estimate — with consolidated dry bean acreage at 2.08 million in 2019. Dry beans, by themselves, accounted for about 1.2 million, Courneya said

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(Source: Inforum)

2019 Bean Congress in the Books

The 2019 U.S.-Mexico International Bean Congress was held February 7-9 in Cancun, Mexico. During the event, seminars, discussions and one-on-one business meetings were held.

The U.S. dry bean industry was able to gather with the Mexican trade to celebrate numerous concurrent events such as:

  • The signing of the U.S. Mexico Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA)
  • World Pulses Day
  • The long standing partnership with Mexican buyers

This year’s attendance was high with over 150 buyers, traders and industry representatives present. During the seminar portion of the Congress, speakers discussed World Pulses Day, new trends with beans and bean-based ingredients, U.S. and Mexico bean production trends and an overview of the Mexican political panorama.

Joe Mauch, Kevin Regan, Tom Kennelly and Tim Courneya represented the Northarvest Bean Growers Association the this year’s Congress.

(Source: U.S. Dry Bean Council)