Dry Edible Bean Production
Dry edible bean production in North Dakota is forecast at 4.88 million hundredweight (cwt) for 2011, down 15 percent from the October 1 forecast and 58 percent from last year, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service, North Dakota Field Office. This total represents the lowest production for North Dakota since 1971, and is a steep drop from 2010’s record high. The decrease in production from last year is due to both significantly decreased acreage and lower yields.
Total planted area, at 410,000 acres, remains the same as October but is down from 2010’s 800,000 acres. Harvested area, at 375,000, was increased from October but is still considerably below last year’s 770,000 acres harvested. Planted and harvested acres are the lowest since 1988, and are down 49 and 51 percent, respectively, from 2010’s record high in both categories. The statewide average yield for 2011 is set at 1,300 pounds per harvested acre, down 250 pounds from the October forecast and 190 pounds lower than last year. This yield is the lowest since 2006.
Pintos account for 55.0 percent of the total production; at 2.68 million cwt, they are down from 7.53 million cwt in 2010. Navies account for 23.4 percent of total production, blacks 15.9, chickpeas 0.9, pinks 3.3, and great northern 0.2. All other dry edible bean classes represent 1.2 percent of the state’s total production.
Potato production in North Dakota is estimated at 18.5 million hundredweight (cwt) for 2011, up 2 percent from last month, but down 16 percent from last year, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service, North Dakota Field Office. Total planted area is 84,000 acres, the same as last year. Harvested area, at 77,000 acres, is the same as last month but down 4 percent from last year. The average yield is expected to be 240 cwt per harvested acre, down from 2010.
Dry Edible Bean Production
Dry edible bean production is forecast at 19.7 million cwt for 2011, down 38 percent from 2010. Planted area is estimated at 1.21 million acres, down 37 percent from last year. Harvested area is forecast at 1.15 million acres, 38 percent below the previous year. The average United States yield is forecast at 1,719 pounds per acre, a decrease of 7 pounds from 2010.
Production is expected to be lower in 17 of the 18 States in the dry bean program. The top five producing States (North Dakota, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Idaho) expect decreased production from last season.
Production of fall potatoes for 2011 is forecast at 387 million cwt, up 6 percent from last year. Area harvested, at 939,200 acres, is slightly above the November 1 forecast and 7 percent above the 2010 estimate. The average yield forecast, at 412 cwt per acre, is down 4 cwt per acre from last year’s yield.
Source: USDA NASS ND Field Office