Dry Bean Crops Variable, Development Slow in the West

In the West, the dry bean crop is catching up but overall development remains slower than normal. Dry beans in eastern growing areas of Canada and the US are developing rapidly, but some areas remain overly dry.


Most of the bean area received varying amounts of moisture in the week ending July 29, commented a recent dry bean update from The Andersons. That moisture was welcome as most areas needed some rain, and more has fallen since the data for that report was collected. Even so, anecdotal reports from farmers suggest some parts of the province remain overly dry, with bean plants flowering and starting to set pods.


The thumb is still deficit moisture but there have been some showers over the last week. Temperatures have been favourable for crop development, although some insect pressure was noted in the update from The Andersons.

The state’s weekly crop report, released Monday, estimated that 54% of Michigan dry beans were in good to excellent condition as of July 31. 67% of dry beans were blooming, slightly ahead of the five-year average of 65%.


The Manitoba bean crop is mixed. The areas to the north have received excessive amounts of moisture for the growing season which will cause some drown outs. In southern areas, the moisture accumulation has not been as serious, and dry beans are progressing rapidly.

This week's provincial crop update suggested that in the Southwest region of Manitoba dry beans are approximately three weeks away from harvest.


Soil moisture is adequate in Minnesota and North Dakota. It was a very good July for crop development and conditions remained good at the start of August. The crop is still a bit behind but even the replanted crop has come a long way in the month.

In Minnesota, the state’s latest weekly crop estimated that 72% of dry beans were in good or excellent condition as of July 31. However, only 44% of the state’s crop was setting pods, well behind the five-year average of 60%.

In North Dakota, the state’s latest weekly crop estimated that 54% of dry beans were in good or excellent condition. 27% of the crop was setting pods as of Sunday, far behind the five-year average of 53%.

Source: DePutter Publishing Ltd.

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