Michigan Dry Bean Production Significantly Down

Dry summer conditions and less acreage contribute.

Michigan's 2007 dry bean production is estimated at 2.83 million cwt, down 31% from 4.09 million cwt in 2006, according to the USDA, NASS, Michigan Field Office. Michigan dry bean planting was completed ahead of the 5-year average. Dry conditions persisted through the summer, decreasing yields from previous years. Harvested area, at 195,000 acres, is 9% below 2006, while the yield of 1,450 pounds per acre is 450 pounds below last season.

U.S. dry edible bean production is forecast at 23.7 million cwt in 2007, down 2% from last year and 11% below two years ago. Planted area is estimated at 1.50 million acres, 8% below both last year and 2005. Harvested area is forecast at 1.44 million acres, down 6% from the last two years. The average U.S. yield is forecast at 1,649 pounds per acre, an increase of 72 pounds from last year but 97 pounds less than two years ago.

Production is expected to be below last year in 10 of the 18 producing states mainly due to lower acreage. Fifteen of the 18 states have lower planted acreage than last year which can be attributed in part to strong prices for competing crops. In North Dakota, as of July 29, the crop was rated 71 percent good to excellent compared with 29% last year. Above normal seasonal precipitation has led to the improved ratings The average yield in Nebraska is forecast at 2,300 pounds per acre and if realized will be a record high. In Minnesota, hot dry conditions have kept yields down. Crop condition was rated 57% good to excellent as of July 29. Growing conditions in Colorado have been hot and dry this summer after a moist winter and spring. Restrictions on irrigation water along the Front Range and South Platte River along with competition from other irrigated crops led to fewer planted acres.

U.S. planted area of pinto beans is down 2% from last year, while navy beans have dropped 20%. Dark red kidney bean acreage decreased 11 percent, while light red kidney acreage increased 13%. Great northern bean acreage is down 16%, pink bean acreage dropped 36%, and small red beans decreased 19%. Blackeye acreage declined 17%, cranberry beans dropped 15%, and small white beans decreased 57 percent. Black bean acreage increased 3%, while lima beans are up 19 percent for baby and 8% for large. Pinto beans make up 45% of the total planted dry bean acreage this year; navies account for 15%; black beans represent 12%; all chickpeas account for 8%; all kidney beans combine for 6%; and great northern account for 4%.

Michigan Dry Bean Production Significantly Down Dry summer conditions and less acreage contribute.

Michigan's 2007 dry bean production is estimated at 2.83 million cwt, down 31% from 4.09 million cwt in 2006, according to the USDA, NASS, Michigan Field Office. Michigan dry bean planting was completed ahead of the 5-year average. Dry conditions persisted through the summer, decreasing yields from previous years. Harvested area, at 195,000 acres, is 9% below 2006, while the yield of 1,450 pounds per acre is 450 pounds below last season.

U.S. dry edible bean production is forecast at 23.7 million cwt in 2007, down 2% from last year and 11% below two years ago. Planted area is estimated at 1.50 million acres, 8% below both last year and 2005. Harvested area is forecast at 1.44 million acres, down 6% from the last two years. The average U.S. yield is forecast at 1,649 pounds per acre, an increase of 72 pounds from last year but 97 pounds less than two years ago.

Production is expected to be below last year in 10 of the 18 producing states mainly due to lower acreage. Fifteen of the 18 states have lower planted acreage than last year which can be attributed in part to strong prices for competing crops. In North Dakota, as of July 29, the crop was rated 71 percent good to excellent compared with 29% last year. Above normal seasonal precipitation has led to the improved ratings The average yield in Nebraska is forecast at 2,300 pounds per acre and if realized will be a record high. In Minnesota, hot dry conditions have kept yields down. Crop condition was rated 57% good to excellent as of July 29. Growing conditions in Colorado have been hot and dry this summer after a moist winter and spring. Restrictions on irrigation water along the Front Range and South Platte River along with competition from other irrigated crops led to fewer planted acres.

U.S. planted area of pinto beans is down 2% from last year, while navy beans have dropped 20%. Dark red kidney bean acreage decreased 11 percent, while light red kidney acreage increased 13%. Great northern bean acreage is down 16%, pink bean acreage dropped 36%, and small red beans decreased 19%. Blackeye acreage declined 17%, cranberry beans dropped 15%, and small white beans decreased 57 percent. Black bean acreage increased 3%, while lima beans are up 19 percent for baby and 8% for large. Pinto beans make up 45% of the total planted dry bean acreage this year; navies account for 15%; black beans represent 12%; all chickpeas account for 8%; all kidney beans combine for 6%; and great northern account for 4%.

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