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Talking Beans
June 01, 2002

EPA clears Reflex

The EPA has cleared Reflex for use in North Dakota and Minnesota to control ragweed and waterhemp this year.

The exemption, which expires Aug. 15, 2002, allows a single application of Reflex® at a rate of 0.75 to 1 pint of product per acre. Livestock may not be grazed in treated fields, and a 30-day pre-harvest interval must be observed. A maximum of 200,000 acres may be treated.

Applicators must follow all instructions, warnings and precautions on the product label, and have a copy of the exemption label in their possession during application.

Syngenta Crop Protection manufactures Reflex®.- Sources: North Dakota Department of Agriculture and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

ND Council Elections

North Dakota dry bean growers recently re-elected Hattie Melvin, Buffalo, and elected Jim Sletten, Northwood, to serve on the North Dakota Dry Bean Council. They will represent District 5 and District 2, respectively. Sletten ran against Tyler Stover, of Larimore. Melvins election was not contested.

Exports to Brazil weak

U.S. exports to Brazil are expected to be timid due to a large domestic crop. Due to uncertainties in the economic scenario in Argentina, there are chances that trading between Argentina and Brazil may be sensitive and may inhibit negotiations of black beans coming from Argentina into Brazil.

The lack of rainfall in the southern producing states of black beans contributed to a lack of premium black beans available in the domestic marketplace, causing prices to remain firm for Type 1s.  Source: National Dry Bean Council

Canada sees increase

Dry bean production is likely to increase by 37% in Canada, due to a 29% increase in seeded area, a lower abandonment rate and higher yields. Production of white pea beans is forecast to increase by 70% to 170,000 t, while production of colored beans increases by 16% to 180,000 t. Total supply is expected to increase by only 13% because of lower carry-in stocks. Exports are forecast to increase because of the larger supply and strong demand, and carry-out stocks are expected to remain at a low level, with a
s/u ratio of 4%.

U.S. production is expected to increase by 40%. Total U.S. and Canadian supply is expected to increase by only 10%, due to lower carry-in stocks. The average price, over all classes and grades, is forecast to decrease by 15-20% because of increased supply.  Source: Agriculture Canada

Argentina eyes export tax

The House of Representatives in Argentina recently voted in favor of an increase in the Argentine Export Tax for all exportable goods, including dry beans. Exportable products will be taxed 20% as a means to increase the governments revenue and bring the economy to a possible stabilization.

Production of black beans is estimated to reach 100,000 metric tons where exports to Brazil were revised down from 100,000 metric tons last month to a current estimate of 70,000 metric tons, reaching its peak in the second half of May and the first half of June, 2002.  Source:
National Dry Bean Council

New Brazilian variety

Brazil has released a new dry bean called "Tybata," which means "abundance." The variety is praised for its high production yielding performance, and its high resistance to diseases such as Golden Mosaic and rust; pests, such as White Flies; and its lower estimated cost of production.  Source: National Dry Bean Council

Mexico announces auction

As the Northarvest Bean Grower went to press, the Mexican government was supposed to be holding its second dry bean import auction of the year. Earlier, Mexico had announced that auctions for the U.S. and Canada were to take place May 31.

The auctions were to be for two-thirds of the total quota for the year.  Source: National Dry Bean Council.


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