October 25, 2002
Keep up with markets, crop progress
with new Northarvest Dry Bean Report
A new weekly dry bean market and crop condition report called the Northarvest Dry Bean Report debuts this month in 15 radio markets and on two websites.
The report will cover dry bean markets, supply/demand situation, crop conditions, harvest progress, grower prices in Minnesota, North Dakota and other states.
It is an independent, unbiased, third-party report on dry bean conditions and markets around the country, says Mike Hergert, Red River Farm Network farm broadcaster. Hell talk to dry bean dealers, market analysts and, most importantly, farmers.
The Northarvest Bean Growers Association is funding the report.
This is something dry bean producers are asking for -- current information that helps them make decisions about dry beans 12 months out of the year, says John Dunnigan, a Walhalla, N.D., farmer and treasurer of the North Dakota Dry Bean Council.
The report will be broadcast Thursdays at 12:35 p.m. in Agriculture Today and Fridays at 6:37 a.m. in Country Morning on the following Red River Farm Network radio stations:
" Aberdeen KKAA 1560 AM.
" Ada KRJB 106.3 FM.
" Crookston KROX 1260 AM.
" Devils Lake KZZY 103.5 FM.
" Fosston KKCQ 1480 AM, KKCQ 96.7 FM.
" Grand Forks KCNN 1590 AM.
" Jamestown KSJB 600 AM.
" Langdon KNDK 1080 AM.
" Lisbon KQLX 890 AM.
" Mayville KMAV 1520 AM.
" Mahnomen KRJM 101.5 FM.
" Roseau KCAJ 102.1 FM.
" Rugby NDKZZJ 1450 AM,
" Thief River Falls KKAQ 1460 AM,
" Wadena KKWS 105.9 FM.
If you miss a broadcast, you can hear it on the Northarvest Bean Grower Association web site, www.northarvestbean.org or the Red River Farm Network web site, www.rrfn.com
Dry Bean Breeder Takes New Post; Program Okay
Ken Grafton, NDSU dry bean breeder for the past 20 years, has been named director of the North Dakota Experiment Station. A new breeder wont be hired this year due to the budget constraints and the governors call for a 5% cut in state spending. But Grafton says he does not expect the breeding program to be setback.
The current technicians on the job will continue with the breeding program with Grafton continuing to supervise until the breeding program is filled.
Well focus our program a little more, and make fewer crosses but that was in the plans anyway, Grafton says.
Team Checks Out Ghana For Food Aid Sales
Two National Dry Bean Council (NDBC) industry members -- International Marketing Director, Amy Philpott, and Food Aid Consultant, Peggy Sheehan -- traveled to Accra, Ghana to investigate food aid opportunities for U.S. dry beans.
Trip activities were aimed at providing food aid buyers with a better understanding of the U.S. product availability, current average prices, best time to buy the product, pricing compared to other commodities and factors that impact supplies.
Another goal was to help teach companies the process by which US beans are chosen for food aid contracts.
The NDBC representatives made a presentation to 22 monetization managers from 10 African countries at Catholic Relief Services.
They also had the opportunity to discuss the utilization of dry beans in individual countries.
The NDBC new Field Identification Guide was used to show the participants what U.S. beans looked like and how they compared to types of beans currently in the market.
The team members recorded the names of the local beans and compare them to the U.S. beans. This information is helpful when selecting which U.S. bean to include in a food aid program proposal.
No country represented at the workshop currently uses dry beans in either direct feeding or monetization activities. However, several country officers expressed interest in utilizing dry beans in both of these programs.
The NDBC team also made contact with other Private Voluntary Organizations (PVOs) that could utilize dry beans in their food aid programs.
Two of the participating PVOs, ADRA and OICI, are part of a food aid coalition with CRS/Ghana. This coalition will explore the use of dry beans in their next project. Source: National Dry Bean Council.
Northarvests Salad Recipe Photo Wins Award
The Northarvest Bean Growers Associations Multi Grain Bean Salad photograph won the top commercial award in both the Professional Photographers of North Dakota Commercial Photo Division as well as the Northern Light Regional Professional Photographers Association, Commercial Photo Division.
Northern Light includes all of the professional photographers in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Manitoba.
The image also won a Fuji Photofilm Masterpiece Award for excellence in commercial photography. Fuji only presents 50 of these around the country each year.
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Dry Bean Harvest in Mexico
Mexicos dry bean crop varies widely, and farmers use many different methods to harvest it. At right, a thin stand of dry beans is plagued by weeds. Stands are thin and weeds are abundant. Below, a family threshes beans on the ground by hand. Photos: Bill Thoreson, North Central Commodities.