Monday, September 21, 2009

Bean Harvest

Steve Ritter photo
Bean Harvest Looking Good

Twin Falls--Idaho bean growers say this could be one of the best harvests of the decade,despite a cold, wet spring. This past week growers reported excellent yields and quality throughout the Magic Valley.

Farmers planted more than 100,000 acres of dry beans this year, an increase of 20,000 acres from 2008. Production is forecast to be 1.78 million hundredweight, an increase of 22 percent from last year. Pinto beans accounted for 35,000 acres in Idaho this year, followed by chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, with 33,500 acres.

Treasure Valley producers reported an excellent harvest in both quality and yield, better yet the market outlook is good because of a reduced crop in the Midwest. At the end of August, open-market prices for 2008 crop commercial dry beans were about $36 per hundredweight.

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