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Seed Supply: Some Short
December 20, 2002

The year could have been a disaster for dry bean seed production. It was too dry in much of the western states and too wet in the Red River Valley.

But early reports indicate that seed supplies will be about average for the year. Theres a couple of exceptions, however -- ones you might expect.

The popular variety Maverick may be in short supply later in the year.

Richard Fugleberg, of Fugleberg Bean and Seed Co., Portland, N.D., says North Dakota-grown bean seed production -- most of which was Maverick -- may be down 10-15% compared to last year.

Mike Janke, of Larson Grain Co., LaMoure, N.D., echoes that sentiment. He adds Rally and GFT to the "short supply" list.

Lynn Preator, Preator Bean Company, Burlington, Wyo., says he has a normal seed crop -- though he had to pay farmers more to produce it offset higher irrigation costs.

Standard advice applies again this year, Preator says.

"If you want a good supply of a particular variety, book early."


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