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WASDE Report: Dry Bean Production Down 30 Percent
North Dakota Ag Connection - 01/17/2022

In the USDA supply/demand report, U.S. dry edible bean production was estimated at 22.7 million hundredweight for 2021. That's down 30 percent from 2020. The harvested area totaled 1.3 million acres, down 20 percent from the previous year. The U.S. average yield for dry beans was 1,701 pounds per acre, down 261 pounds from 2020.

USDA said the drought reduced the yields in North Dakota and it caused some dry beans to crack. There were reports of some farmers using those beans as livestock feed. The bean quality in some areas was good, but due to the drought the size of the beans were smaller.

For Michigan, yields were very good for navy and black beans. In many cases, yields in Michigan's thumb were the largest ever reported.

According to USDA's 2021 crop production report, North Dakota's dry edible bean production totaled 6.4 million hundredweight. That's down 50 percent from a year ago. Yields were estimated at 1,030 pounds per acre, down 600 pounds from a year earlier. Total harvested acres was 620,000 acres, down 21 percent from 2020.

For Minnesota, dry bean production totaled nearly 4.6 million hundredweight. That's down from 5.5 million hundredweight in 2020. The statewide yield average was 1,960 pounds, down from 2,100 pounds per acre one year ago. The area harvested for dry beans was 234,000 acres. That's 29,000 acres from 2020.

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