The 2002 MPCI (Multi Peril Crop Insurance) rates are set. This year, rates for Minnesota and North Dakota are:
Adzuki, Black Turtle $0.17
Pea (navy, medium white), Pink, Small Red $0.17
Dark Red Kidney, Baby Lima $0.22
Light Red Kidney, White Kidney $0.21
Great Northern, Pinto $0.16
No market for new variety
Once in a while we see a variety of dry bean that doesnt have a reliable market. The black bean variety, Shiny Crow, probably fits. A shiny black bean is really a different class of bean and cannot be interchanged with other black beans. The following was published in the Agri Sales Insighter:
There is a new black bean variety called SHINY CROW that is now on the market. This new bean has a shinier seed coat different from the normal black beans we grow in Michigan. The downfall to this shiny coat is that it makes the bean look like the bean grown in Mexico, which is a negative because the Mexican people like to differentiate between Mexican and U.S. grown black beans. Agri Sales will not be accepting black beans from the SHINY CROW variety this fall. Reprinted from the Bean Commission News
Farmers attending the Northarvest Bean Growers Associations Bean Day in January re-elected Alan Juliuson, Hope, N.D., and Kevin Anderson, East Grand Forks, Minn., to the Growers Association board of directors. Juliuson will represent District 3 and Anderson, District, 6. (See map). Both men were eligible for re-election.
Those voting at Bean Day elected Steve Freese, Raymond, Minn. to the board of directors. He replaces Cecil Meyer, Raymond, Minn., who was not eligible for re-election because he has changed careers. Freese will represent District 9.