Minnesota Dry Bean Condition Rating Strong; Good Crops in Manitoba, Ontario

Minnesota dry bean condition ratings declined this past week but continue to remain strong overall, according to the latest weekly crop update from The Andersons.

Crops in both Ontario and Manitoba look good amid timely showers, while the Michigan dry bean conditions continue to be impacted by drier-biased weather. North Dakota crop conditions were unchanged compared to a week earlier.


Monday’s USDA crop progress report pegged the Minnesota dry bean crop at 81% good to excellent as of Sunday, down 4 points on the week. An estimated 57% of the crop was setting pods, well ahead of the average of 35%. The weather forecast is very good: not too hot with temperatures in the high 70s and low 80s F and only a slight chance of rain on Friday. Local comments are the tougher fields are looking a bit better this week.

The North Dakota crop was rated 60% good to excellent as of Sunday, unchanged from a week earlier. Pod set is at 26% which is behind the 35% average.


The weather forecast is good in Manitoba as well. Temperatures in the mid 20sC for most of the week. Variable rainfall with a half to over an inch in most of the bean area. Reports are the crop looks very good and are in full bloom and beginning to set pods. White mold treatments are being applied.


The Ontario crop looks very good thus far. A bit of moisture (under an inch) was welcome. Beans have been setting pods and there are some very good-looking fields. A good week of weather is expected with most days below 30sC and good chances of rainfall on Monday and Tuesday.


The USDA dropped the Michigan dry bean crop condition rating this week to 43% good to excellent from 48% a week earlier. Last year at this time it was rated 57% good to excellent. An estimated 42% of the crop is in bloom at this time which is ahead of 35% average. The forecast is for temps to be in the high 70s and low 80s F which is good for bloom. Chances of T storms on Monday. Most of the bean area received a ¼ to ½ an inch of rain this week which is welcome. The Michigan dry bean area is still a bit deficit moisture compared to normal.

Source: DePutter Publishing Ltd.

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