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Market News
November 23, 2005

U.S. dry edible bean production is forecast at 26.1 million cwt for 2005, which would be up 47% above last year, according to October USDA crop production estimates.

USDA forecasted harvested acreage at 1.52 million acres in October, which would be up 25% from last year. Average
U.S. yield is forecast at 1,715 pounds per acre, which would be 255 lbs above last year. Planted acres are estimated at 1.66 million acres, a 2 % increase from 2004.

Production is expected to be higher this year compared to 2004 in 15 of the 17 edible bean producing states.
Colorado production is up 84%, Texas production increased 8 %, and Minnesota is 81% above 2004. North Dakota growers expect an increase of 71%, S.D. production is forecasted 65% above last year, and Nebraska is up 60%. Kansas production is up 56%, Utah 43%,Washington 42%,Wyoming 40%, Montana 9%,Oregon 6%, Michigan 22%,New York 19%, and Idaho has a 14% increase. Only two states expect production to be lower than last year: New Mexico producers expect production to decrease 19% and California growers expect a 1% drop.


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