January 12, 2009
Late rains held up harvest in some areas but most growers were able to get back into the fields to finish up their beans. Calls to area elevators and bean dealers found most of the growers had an average crop this year.
Cando Farmers Grain & Oil, Cando, ND
The quality and color of the beans were good but yield was a little disappointing this year. We got a little dry here in July and I think the beans got hurt before any moisture came in August and it cut into the yield. We were down in yield considerably from last year, on an average of around 500-600 lbs per acre. We did have an exceptional crop last year, the over tons in the 2,200 2,300 range. I think if pintos would maintain a decent price, our acres will be up next year.
Haberer Foods, Morris, MN
Beans: Dark Red Kidneys
The quality and yield for the dark reds in our area were about average. It was a little drier than normal in our area but nothing really too bad. Since the dry beans were harvested on the early side, I dont think growers had many problems this year.
St. Hilaire Seed Co., St. Hilaire, MN
Beans: Pinto and Blacks
The quality on the early harvested beans was good and the yields were average to above average. After the rains came this fall, the beans sat in the fields and the color went down and the moisture went up. The yields ended up average. Out in Devils
Lake, there were approximately 1,000 acres of dry beans left in the field. In the Crystal, ND area, there were some acres left in the field as well. There were a
few quarters of beans left in the field in our area too.
Falkirk Farmers Elevator Co., Washburn, ND
The quality this year really depended on when they were harvested. They ranged from good to marginal. The yields were in the 800 range, which were a disappointment to the growers. These numbers werent close to what they were averaging about three years ago. These past two years or so, the yields have been down; the weather just hasnt cooperated.
Bird Island Bean Co. LLC, Bird Island, MN
Beans: Navy, Dark and Light Red Kidneys
We had good quality and yields this year. The crops were average this year. This years crop was better than last years; the quality was better. Most of our beans arent marketed yet. I am not sure how many acres will be planted next year.