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A Peek at '07 Planting Intentions
March 30, 2007

I am planting just pinto beans this year. Generally in our area, edibles are probably going to be about the same or down some from last year. The reason it might be down is alternative crops, other options. With the recent outlook in corn, I am switching to corn from wheat, not so much beans. I am replacing wheat acres with corn, not beans with corn. Sunflowers may draw a few acres as well. Guys in the area are trying corn this year. Rotation wise, I dont see corn taking bean acres.  We havent proven we have the season for it yet but we are now trying it.  Tim Smith, Treasurer, Walhalla, N.D.

I am planting pintos, great northerns and pinks this spring. We are going to be a little heavier in the great northerns this year because the market should be better for them. I think in our area, the bean acres are going to drop, because more guys are opting out to plant more corn and soybeans this spring. On our own farm, because of rotation purposes, we are going to keep about the same amount of acres.  But corn is the biggest game in town right now. Everyone is talking corn and it is affecting this area as well. When you factor in the insurance you can buy on corn this year, if you have a nice APH, you can get tremendous amount of insurance coverage, compared to any other crop that you want to grow. It is going to have a huge factor in the planting decisions.  Our area is more of a pinto, navy and blacks. These classes will take up pretty much all the acres around here. The topsoil in the area is ok, but the subsoil is very short. We need early rains and timely rains throughout the summer just to make a crop.  Alan Juliuson,
Hope, N.D.

All thats raised in our area is pretty much light red and dark red kidneys. Ive been hearing around 29 cents for dark red contracts.  I think bean acreage will be down a little, how much will depend on what happens between now and planting.  Some guys might be thinking its a good year for corn on corn, maybe stretch their bean rotation a bit and give their bean ground a years rest.  As far as I have heard, seed isnt a problem.  Now as far as the two corn companies I deal with, there will be no returns.  They want to nail things down as close as possible with seed.  Jon Ewy,
Deer Creek, Minn.

In my area in western N.D. I think our bean acreage will be about the same.  On our farm, well keep raising what weve been raising.  Crop insurance here is too high for corn, and soil moisture conditions could be a problem.  But going east I think the dry bean acreage will be down, and even more in other states like
Michigan and Colorado.  In Colorado, a big share of their cropland is irrigated, and edibles will have a hard time competing with irrigated corn.  Ive heard 30 cent beans will be needed to keep them from switching to corn, and theyre not there yet.  At the International Dry Bean Congress this winter, buyers spent more time talking about corn and ethanol than dry beans.  They realize corn dictates the price of beans.  From a producer standpoint, the price of everything looks good.  It looks like a good year to be farming.  Don Streifel, Washburn, N.D.


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