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The 2005 Bean Harvest
November 23, 2005

Dean Nelson, Colgate Commodities,
Colgate, ND
Bean types grown in the area: northerns, blacks, pintos, navies, pinks, light red kidneys

We were slowed up by rain toward the tail end of harvest; that last 10% of the crop always seems to take a little while longer to get off the fields. We had lots of drown-out areas that brought down the overall yields.  Where we got beans planted, they were pretty good. Most of the quality has been pretty good and yields were better than average but the acres were down because of preventive plant this spring.  In Steele County, according to the FSA office, we had as many acres on pintos that were preventive planted, that were planted.  So we just didn't get a lot of the acres that we thought we were going to get in the ground. The farmers have done some selling; price for pintos (at this writing in early October) are at $13, navies are at $19, blacks are at $18, lights are at $22 and pinks are at $16. 


Ron Hefta, Falkiri Farmers Elevator, Washburn, ND

Bean types grown in the area: pintos, blacks, small reds

A lot of the yields were in the 1,100-1500 lb range.  The quality was good this year.  We missed rains early this spring so our yield was cut off because of late season drought.  We got about 15 inches of snow (the first week of Oct) which hampered the rest of the harvest. As far as pricing, blacks and reds were all under contract.  Most of our producers were real aggressive in selling in the early markets. 


Nick Shockman, Larson Grain, Englevale, ND

Bean types grown in the area: pintos, blacks

The pintos yields are average, running about 1,800 lbs., mainly because of the drown-out.  The crop that is coming off has good yields when you factor in the drown out areas. We have had quite a few rains in the early spring when they were trying to plant.  Some got in late and some didn't even get their acres planted. The price for the blacks at harvest are around $17-$18 in this area and pintos are around $13.  It was an average year at best as far as the beans coming in.  They are pretty good quality. We just wish that some of these guys would have gotten more planted.  With the water we got this spring during planting season, they didn't get as many acres as they wanted planted. 


Mike Beltz, producer, Hillsboro, ND

Bean types grown: pintos, navies

The harvest dragged out this year, it started getting a little wet and some struggled to get them out. The yield was better than expected on my crops.  It didn't look like much, there wasn't a lot of vine but there were beans out there.  The quality was average.  Some of the pintos around got a lot of rain earlier so the color wasn't as good as we would have liked to see.  It was an average year. Many were pleasantly surprised by the yield. I have already sold my beans and I was happy with the price on my navies.  My pintos were disappointing.  The price dropped even before harvest started.  No post harvest plans for sales at this time. 


Marty Hettervig, producer, Buxton, ND

Bean types grown: navies

The harvest this year was going better than guys were thinking, approximately 300-400 lbs better than we thought it would.  The yield on the navies were running 1,800 lbs with about 20% that had water damage. Those with water damage were pretty poor. We got a lot of rain in May and June.  We had approximately 14 inches between Mother's Day and the Fourth of July. The quality of this year's crop was mostly good.  This growing season was average but wet.  Price of navies at harvest were running $19 and pintos are $13.  I had my navies contracted and sold them all. As far as next year, the higher fertilizer prices are going to be a decision factor on what I will be planting next year, especially those with the higher input crops. 


Kevin Anderson, producer, East Grand Forks, MN

Bean types grown: navies, dark red kidneys

There were a few stubborn beans that stayed green longer than we would have liked.   Yields have been better than what most producers thought we were going to get.  It all depended on what thunderstorm you were under.  During the summer, it looked like yield would be average to poor but most guys have been saying that yields are good with a few fields that were severely damaged due to water early on.  Quality for the most part has been good. 

It has been an average year for us.  It looked early on that it was going to be a poor year.  Some guys had some fairly decent contracts.  Prices on navies were good and we had contracts already for the dark reds last fall and so we ended up with some pretty decent contracts.  Unfortunately the current market on pintos has been poor (as of October).  But overall, it has been a fairly decent bean year.  Volatile weather, volatile fuel prices and markets have been all over the place.  Every year has its challenges and '05 has been no different.

 I haven't made any post-harvest plans at this time, but my family has been growing dry beans for approximately 30 years and we will continue. 


John Dunnigan, producer, Walhalla, ND

Bean types grown:  pintos

The bean harvest started slow.  A lot of rain in the early part of the season and it prevented a lot of normal growth.  It was wet this spring, we had to fight to get in the fields and then after we got it in, there were a lot of acres that drowned out right away.  Then, it got hot and dry.  This growing season was unbelievable, and left many fields around here with weak plants and weak stands.  The early yield was around 10 bags.  The quality is ok.  Some of the later crop was green and had a hard time becoming harvest ripe.  The price at the elevators for pintos (in Oct) are $13.  I have a contract that I am trying to fill.  I will fill that and then see what happens as far as further marketing. 


Mark Harless, Lee Bean and Seed, Borup, MN

Bean types grown in the area: pintos, navies, blacks

It has been a really good crop but some of the harvest was delayed, mainly because of wet ground and green beans that haven't ripened yet.   We have had rains this fall but the yields overall have been very good and the quality of the beans have been excellent.  The harvest has been above average this year, we just needed to get the remaining beans out of the field.  Prices here at the elevator (Oct.) for pintos are $13, and $17 on blacks. 
















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