July 11, 2012
USDA's weekly crop progress reports show varying conditions for dry edible beans.
Colorado finally received some much-needed rain last week, but drought conditions still continue for much of the state. 31 percent of the edible beans are rated good to excellent, compared to 28 percent the previous week. 22 percent of the beans were rated poor to very poor as of Sunday, July 8th.
Crop conditions continued to decline in Nebraska with triple digit temperatures and limited rainfall. Dry bean conditions improved to 52 percent good, but none of the crop is rated excellent. A year ago, 69 percent was rated good to excellent. Three percent of Nebraska's beans are blooming.
Michigan got some much-needed moisture in the past week in northwestern, central and eastern parts of the state. Dry bean conditions declined to 59 percent good to excellent, from 63 percent last week. Two percent of the beans are blooming in Michigan.
In North Dakota, showers and thunderstorms provided needed moisture in many areas of the state. Dry beans are rated 62 percent good to excellent, up from 61 the previous week. 38 percent of the crop is blooming, compared to just three percent one year ago. Three percent of the edibles are setting pods.
One third of Minnesota's dry beans are blooming, compared to four percent last year; one percent are setting pods. Crop condition ratings declined from 71 percent good to excellent last week to 68 percent this week.