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					Vol. 7 No. 1    Jan.- Feb. 2001
 Tim Skjoiten
 Hatton, ND

                                             Oppose NDSU
                                             Research Fee
                                              on New Bean

                                        Full Pipeline, Weak
                                              Hinder Market

                                             Martha Stewart

  BEAN                                   New Crop Report

  Jan. 25-26
  Details inside

         Board of Directors and Council Members                        Northarvest Bean Grower
    Northarvest Bean Growers Association                           January February 2001               Vol. 7 No. 1
       President                  Gary Paur, Gilby, ND         The Northarvest Bean Grower is published five times
Mark Myrdal, Edinburg, ND            701-869-2892              a year (January, March, June, August and November) by
     701-993-8243                                              the Northarvest Bean Growers Association, 50072 E.
                               Gary Friskop, Wahpeton, ND      Lake Seven Road, Frazee, MN 56544. Phone (218)
     Vice-President                   701-642-2378             334-6351.
  Mark Streed, Milan, MN                                                 Website:
      320-734-4706             Cecil Meyer, Raymond, MN
       Treasurer                                                  Editorial and advertising material may be sent to
Randy Carow, Perham, MN          Alan Juliuson, Hope, ND               6258 90th Ave. N, Glyndon, MN 56547.
     218-346-5393                     701-945-2672                    Ph: (218) 236-8420. Fax (218)-236-1134.

Marty Hettervig, Buxton, ND         Kevin Anderson,
       701-847-2434                E.Grand Forks, MN
                                                               BEAN DAY: Everything you need to know about
             Minnesota Dry Bean                                the Jan. 25-26 event at the
        Research and Promotion Council                         Fargo Holiday is here. Read
        Chairman                        Secretary
                                                               about the banquet, the
   Dan Hughes, Danvers            Cecil Meyer, Raymond         agenda and more. Pages 5-
      320-567-2283                    320-847-3581             10.
     Vice Chairman               George McDonald, Fisher       ANNUAL REPORT: The
  Mark Dombeck, Perham                218-773-2192
                                                               Northarvest Bean Growers
                                       Minnesota               Association sums up its pro-
        Treasurer                     Commissioner             motion, market develop-
 Mike Beelner, Park Rapids            of Agriculture           ment and other activities for
       218-732-5792                                            the year. Pages 13-21.
        North Dakota Dry Bean Council                                                                 On the cover
                                                               RESEARCH FEE: The                      Tim Skjoiten, Hatton,
        Chairman                    John Dunnigan
       Mark Sletten                    Walhalla                Northarvest Bean Growers             N.D., adjusts an anhy-
                                                               Association and North Dry          drous ammonia applica-
         Hatton                      701-462-3879                                                  tor . A dry bean grower
      701-543-4079                                             Bean      Council    oppose          and North Dakota Dry
                                     Paul Schulz               NDSU’s decision to assess          Bean Council member ,
     Vice Chairman                    Washburn                 a research fee new vari-             Tim has a unique view
      Hattie Melvin                 701-462-3728
         Buffalo                                               eties, beginning with Arthur.            on farming in North
                                                               Pages 24 25.                       Dakota that was shaped
      701-633-5234                                                                                      by his experiences
                                     North Dakota                                                     working on oil rigs in
        Treasurer                    Commissioner              SEED CAUTION: Know                    Yemen when the Gulf
       Tim Skjoiten                  of Agriculture            where your seed comes               War began. It’s good to
      701-543-4106                                             from. Page 39.                            be home, he says.

       Executive Vice-President — Tim Courneya                  Publication of editorial or advertising material in the
     50072 E. Lake Seven Road, Frazee, MN 56544                 Northarvest Bean Grower magazine does not imply
       Phone: 218-334-6351 Fax: 218-334-6360                    endorsement by the Northarvest Bean Growers
              Email:                           Association. Check agronomic advice with local
                                                                sources and always read and follow product labels.

                                                           NORTHARVEST BEAN GROWER January-February 2001 Page 3
           “HOW THE AMADAS handled nightshade was hard to imagine. It didn’t bust up any
              berries or smear any beans.” -- Roger, Winbledon Grain.

                                        “IN 35+ YEARS of farming, the Amadas is without a
                                        doubt the best piece of equipment we have had on
                                            this farm.” -- Rick Mutschler, Wimbledon, N.D.

                                              “WE HAVE HAD ZERO checks before in our
                                              kidneys with our Lilliston, but with the Amadas
                                               not only did we have zero checks and zero FM,
                                               we covered between 4 and 5 times the acres
                                            per hour.”
                                                        -- Randy Thompson, Page, N.D.

                                                             WHEN A LOAD of pintos came
                                                                across our scale with zero
                                                                 FM, we became curious
                                                                  what this producer was
                                                                   doing different. The
                                                                   Amadas was the differ-
                                                                   ence -- Farmers
                                                                   Finest Bean Co., Inc.,
                                                                   East Grand Forks,

    Quality and Capacity -- Nothing Compares

                                                                           See us at:
                                                                   * Bean Day -- Jan. 25-26,
                                                                     Holiday Inn, Fargo, ND,
                                                                  * International Crop Expo --
                                                                   March 7-8, Alerus Center,
                                                                        Grand Forks, ND

  Jct of I-94 and Highway 281 N, Jamestown, ND
              Tim Hoggarth/Gary Olson
Office: 1-800-247-0691. Cell phone: 1-701-269-1751
                      26TH ANNUAL BEAN DAY
                                      JANUARY 26, 2000
                                FARGO HOLIDAY INN - FARGO, ND
                 Morning Program                           11:40 - 12 p.m.    Grower Survey Of Pest Problems
                                                                              And Varieties
                  Master of Ceremonies
                                                                              Dr. Art Lamey
                Cecil Meyer, Raymond, MN
                                                                              Extension Plant Pathologist
     Director, Northarvest Bean Growers Association                           NDSU Extension Service
                                                                              North Dakota State University
9:00 - 10:15 a.m.       Registration & Coffee
                                                                              Fargo, ND
10:15 - 10:25 a.m.      Setting The Agenda
                                                           12:00 - 1:15 p.m. Lunch
                        Mark Myrdal, President
                        Northarvest Bean Growers
                                                                             Afternoon Program
10:25 - 10:40 a.m.      Alert Notice About Anthracnose                      Master of Ceremonies
                        And A Special Report on                           Mark Sletten, Hatton, ND
                        Fungicides, Tilt and Folicur               Chairman, North Dakota Dry Bean Council
                        Dr. Art Lamey,
                        Extension Plant Pathologist        1:15 - 1:30 p.m. Association Business
                        NDSU Extension Service                              District Director Elections
                        North Dakota State University
                        Fargo, ND                          1:30 - 1:50 p.m. The Bean Market Usually Works in Cycles
                                                                            But Has This Poker Game Developed A
10:40 - 10:55 a.m.      Section 18 Emergency Label                          New Set Of Players?
                         - Explaining The Pesticide                         Paul Lambert
                        Registration Process And What’s                     President
                        Next on Chemical Harmonization                      PL International, LLC
                        Jim Gray                                            Tiburon, CA
                        Registration Specialist
                        ND Department of Agriculture       1:50 - 2:10 p.m. Farm Policy Outlook In The 107th
                        Bismarck, ND                                        Congress
                                                                            Daryn McBeth, Associate Vice President,
10:55 - 11:10 a.m.      Roundup Registration - EPA,                         Gordley & Associates, Washington D.C.
                        Why This Label Is Proving So
                        Difficult To Obtain                2:10 - 2:30 p.m. How We Are Addressing The Farm Needs
                        Matthew Pauli,                                      Versus Food Safety
                        Monsanto, Agricultural Sector                       Tom Randgaard
                        Market Development                                  Director, Corporate Vegetable Production
                        Fargo, ND                                           Faribault Foods, Inc.
                                                                            Faribault, MN
11:10 - 11:25 a.m.      Bean Production, Risk
                        Management Strategies              2:30 -2:50 p.m.    Selling Dry Beans In ND or MN? Know
                        Dr. Duane Bergland                                    Your Rights and Your Responsibilities
                         Extension Agronomist                                 Jon Mielke
                        NDSU Extension Service                                Executive Secretary, Licensing, and Rail
                        North Dakota State University                         ND Public Service Commission
                        Fargo, ND                                             Bismarck, ND

11:25 - 11:40 a.m .     War On Weeds - The Effective                          Jim Gryniewski
                        Use Of The Weapons Available In                       Assistant Director
                        2001                                                  Ag Marketing Service Division,
                        Dr. Richard Zollinger                                 Ag Certification
                        Extension Weed Specialist                             MN Department of Agriculture
                        NDSU Extension Service                                St. Paul, MN
                        North Dakota State University
                        Fargo, ND

 Pre-Bean Day Banquet Jan. 25
                                                          NORTHARVEST BEAN GROWER January-February 2001 Page 5
Agricore                  ASI                          Chippewa Valley Bean    Farmers Finest Bean
6900 Wedgewood Rd         P.O. Box 437                 N2960 730th St.         Co.
Suite 130                 Northwood, ND 58267          Menomonie, WI 54751     P.O. Box 374
Maple Grove, MN 55311     701-587-5900                 715-664-8342            Highway 2 East
612-416-5900              Fax 701-587-5927             Fax 715-664-8344        East Grand Forks, MN
Fax 612-416-5959                                                               56721
                          ASI                          Circle C Seeds          218-773-8834
ASI                       P.O. Box 149, 22nd St. N.    2493 380th St.          Fax 218-773-9809
P.O. Box 124, Hwy. 7 W.   Olivia, MN 56277             Gary, MN 56545
Appleton, MN 56208        320-523-1637                 218-356-8214            Fessenden Co-op Assn.
320-289-2430              Fax 320-523-5683             Fax 218-356-8218        P.O. Box 126, 900
Fax 320-289-2008                                                               Railway St.
                          ASI                          Colgate Commodities     Fessenden, ND 58438
ASI                       P.O. Box 255                 HC 2, Box 17            701-547-3354
P.O. Box 28               557 Industrial Drive         Colgate, ND 58046       Fax701-547-3574
16455 Hwy. 13             St. Thomas, ND 58276         701-945-2580
Barney, ND 58008          701-257-6721                 Fax 701-945-2634        Forest River
 701-439-2266             Fax 701-257-6577                                     Bean Co., Inc.
Fax 701-439-2723                                       Crookston Bean          P.O. Box 68, #1 Side
                          Alvarado Bean Co.            P.O. Box 53             Road
ASI                       P.O. Box 961, 100            Crookston, MN 56716     Forest River, ND 58233
P.O. Box 249              Main Street                  218-281-2567            701-248-3261
1804 Front Street         Alvarado, MN 56710           Fax 218-281-2567        Fax 701-248-3766
Casselton, ND 58012       218-965-4668
701-347-5321              Fax 218-965-4916             Dahlen Farmers          Galesburg Co-op
Fax 701-347-5552                                       Elevator & Oil Co.      Elevator
                          The Bean Mill                218 N. Main             105 Dakota Ave. W.
ASI                       R.R. 2, Box 86E              Dahlen, ND 58224        P.O. Box 115
9451 Hwy. 18              Perham, MN 56573             701-384-6144            Galesburg, ND 58035-
P.O. Box 290              218-346-2151                 Fax 701-384-6148        0115
Cavalier, ND 58220        Fax 218-346-2451                                     701-488-2216
701-265-8385                                           Falkirk Farmers         Fax 701-488-2280
Fax 701-265-4804          Bird Island Bean Co.         Elevator Co.
                          PO Box 249 E Hwy 212         101 Main St.            Grand Forks Bean Co.
ASI                       Bird Island, MN 55310        Washburn, ND 58577      2120 N. Washington
P.O. Box 98               320-365-3070                 701-462-8572            Street, P.O. Box 5357
108 MN Ave. W.            Fax: 320-365-3811            Fax 701-462-8574        Grand Forks, ND
Galesburg, ND 58035                                                            58206-5357
701-488-2214              Cavalier Bean Co.            Farmers Elevator Co.    701-775-3984
Fax 701-488-2538          P.O. Box 297, 308            of Honeyford            Fax 701-775-3985
                          Industrial Park              2472 30th St. NE
ASI                       Cavalier, ND 58220           Gilby, ND 58235-9711    Green Valley Bean
77 East 3rd Street        701-265-8495                 701-869-2466            RR2 Box 114
P.O. Box 25               Fax 701-265-8576             Fax 701-869-2456        Park Rapids, MN 56470
Grafton, ND 58237                                                              218-573-3400
701-352-1030              Central Valley Bean          Farmers Equity Elevator Fax 218-573-3434
Fax 701-352-3430          Cooperative                  RR 1, Box 2
                          P.O. Box 162                 New Rockford, ND 58356 Haberer Foods
                          401 Broadway                 701-947-5712            International
                          Buxton, ND 58218             Fax 701-947-2619        RR1 Box 772
                          701-847-2622                                         Morris, MN 56267
                          Fax 701-847-2623                                     320-795-2468
                                                                               Fax 320-795-2986
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                                                 Fax: 701-945-2443

Headwaters              KBC Trading
Commodities, Inc.       & Processing Co.         MayPort Farmer’s          Valley Bean Assn.
37229 Red Top Road      650 2nd Street N.E.      Co-op Edible Bean         301 Oak Street, P.O.
Ponsford, MN 56575      Perham, MN 56573         Division                  Box 250
218-573-3782            218-346-2360             P.O. Box 338              Oslo, Mn 56744
Fax 218-573-2131        Fax 218-346-2369         Portland, ND 58274        218-695-2201
                                                 701-786-4062              Fax 218-695-3006
Hubbard                 Kinney Bean Co.          Fax 701-786-4098
Prairie Bean Co.        2875 18th St. N.E.                                 Walhalla Bean Co.
Rt. 4, Box 208          Manvel, ND 58256         Northland                 P.O. Box 67,
Park Rapids, MN 56470   701-696-2310             Marketing Inc.            Hwy. 32 N.
218-732-5552                                     4082 22nd Ave             Walhalla, ND 58282
Fax 218-732-8945        Kirkeide’s Northland     Larimore, ND 58251        701-549-3721
                        Bean & Seed Co.          701-397-5261              Fax 701-549-3725
Johnstown Bean Co.      4520 12th St. NE         Fax 701-397-5783
3295 Johnstown St.      Fessenden, ND 58438                                Walton Bean Growers
Johnstown, ND 58235     701-547-3466             Northwood                 Cooperative
701-869-2680            Fax 701-547-3539         Bean Co. Inc.             100 2nd Ave.
Fax 701-869-2692                                 P.O. Box E, 301           Englevale, ND 58033
                        Klindworth Seed          Potato Road               701-683-5246
KBC Trading             & Bean Co.               Northwood, ND 58267       Fax 701-683-4233
& Processing Co.        2251 Hwy. 30             701-587-5206
Hwy. 18 S.              Fessenden, ND 58438-     Fax 701-587-5206
Cavalier, ND 58220      9441
701-265-8328            701-547-3742             O’Brien Seed Co., Inc.
Fax 701-265-8533        Fax 701-547-2592         P.O. Box 335
                                                 42 1st Ave. N.E.
KBC Trading             Larimore                 Mayville, ND 58257
& Processing Co.        Bean Co. Inc.            701-786-9118
1328 Dakota Ave.        P.O. Box 607             Fax 701-786-9119
P.O. Box 230            Larimore, ND 58251
Hatton, ND 58240        701-343-6363             St. Hilaire Seed Co.
701-543-3000            Fax 701-343-2842         P.O. Box 85, Hwy. 32
Fax 701-543-4195                                 S.St. Hilaire, Mn 56754
                        LOK Commodities          218-964-5407
KBC Trading             P.O. Box 13919           Fax 218-964-5415
& Processing Co.        Grand Forks, ND 58208
R.R. 2, Box 11A         701-775-3317             SRS Commodities
Hwy. 18 South           Fax 701-775-3289         P.O. Box 386
Mayville, ND 58257                               411 2nd Avenue NE
701-786-2997            Manvel Bean Co.          Mayville, ND 58257
Fax 701-786-4214        2875 18th St. NE         701-786-3402
                        Manvel, ND 58256         Fax 701-786-3374
KBC Trading             701-696-2271
& Processing Co.        Fax 701-696-8266         Turtle River Bean Co.
524 S. 7th St.                                   P.O. Box 55, Highway 33
Oakes, ND 58474         Maple River Bean Co.     Manvel, ND 58256
701-742-3219            PO Box l76               701-696-2517
Fax 701-742-3520        Hope, ND 58046           Fax 701-696-2557
                                                NORTHARVEST BEAN GROWER January-February 2001 Page 7
Agricore Special Crops     Dow Elanco                  KBC Trading and            Ostlund Chemical Co.
Box 488                    Bridget Hoffmeyer           Processing                 PO Box 5051
Carman, Manitoba           311 1st St. SW               Oakes, ND                 Fargo, ND 58105
R0G -0J0                   Hillsboro, ND 58045          Cavalier, ND              (701) 282-7300
(204)-745-6711             (701) 436-5262               Hatton, ND
                                                        Perham, MN                Preator Bean Co.
Agassiz Seeds and Supply   DuPont                       Mayville, ND              Lynn Preator
445 7th St. SW             Ruth Anderson                RR2 Box 11A               P. O. Box 234
West Fargo, ND 58078       1395 A-S Columbia Road       Mayville, ND 58527        Burlington, WY 82411
(701) 282-8118             Grand Forks, ND 58201        (701) 786-2997            (307) 762-3310
                           (701) 397-5889
Alerus Financial                                       Keho Products Ltd.         Pickett Equipment
Box 3146                   Elmer’s Manufacturing       215 Barons St.             Steve Pickett
Fargo, ND 58108-3146       Box 908                     Nobleford, Alberta         976 E. Main
(800) 279-3200             Altona, Manitoba            Canada T0L 1S0             Burley, ID 83318
www.alerus   Canada R0G 0B0              (403) 824-3879             (800) 678-0855
                           (204) 324-6263
Amadas                                                 Micro-Bio                  Raedel's
Jamestown Implement        Emery Visto's Implement     2535 Tanager Dr. NE        Hard Surface Welding
519 20th St. SW            1009 7th St. S.             Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402   Franklyn Raedel
Jamestown, ND 58401        Oakes, ND 58474             (319) 395-7370             P.O. Box 23
(800) 247-0691             701-742-2167                                           Neche, ND 58265
                           (800) 726-0108              MN Ag Statistics Service   (701) 886-7688
Art’s Way                                              PO Box 7068
Manufacturing Co.          Farmers Finest Bean         St. Paul, MN 55107         RanDean Bean Machine
PO Box 288                 Company                     (651) 296-2230             9751 Hwy 200
Armstrong, Iowa 50514      Highway 2 East, PO Box 374                             Sutton, ND 58484
(712) 864-3131             East Grand Forks, MN 56721 Nissen Mfg Sales, Inc.      Randy (701) 769-2649
                           (218) 773-8834             Jay Nissen                  Dean (701)-769-2338
ASI                                                   3754 24th Ave. NE
 Appleton, MN              Fugleberg Seed             Larimore, ND 58251          Rapat Corporation
 Barney, ND                and Bean Co.               (701) 343-2444              Rt 2 Box 2 Industrial Park
 Cavalier, ND              Richard Fugleberg                                      Hawley, MN 56549
 Galesburg, ND             RR1 Box 49                 ND Ag Statistics Service    (218) 483-3344
 Grafton, ND               Portland, ND 58274         PO Box 3166
 St. Thomas, ND            (701) 786-4129             Fargo, ND 58108             Scott Moeller Co.
 Olivia, MN                                           (701) 239-5306              2200 14th Ave. S
 Northwood, ND             Green Valley Bean                                      Moorhead, MN 56560
 Casselton, ND             RR2 Box 114                ND Dry Edible Seed Bean     (218) 236-9336
 Grafton address:          Park Rapids, MN 56470      Growers Association
 P.O. Box 25 Front St.     (218) 573-3400             PO Box 5607                 S-M Enterprises, Inc.
 Grafton, ND 58237                                    University Station          2310 26th St. S.
  701-352-1030             Idaho Bean Commission      Loftsgard Hall              Moorhead, MN 56560
                           PO Box 2556                NDSU                        (218) 236-5050
BASF Corporation           Boise, ID 83701            Fargo, ND 58105
Elton Hendrickson          (208) 334-3520             (701) 237-7927              Sund Manufacturing
Box 166                                                                           P.O. Box 79
Thompson, ND 58278       Idaho Seed Bean Co.           Northwest Chemical         Newburg, ND 58762
(701) 599-2322           John and Bill Dean            Box 33                     (800) 334-7863
                         P.O. Box 1072                 Emerado, ND 58228
Chippewa Valley Bean Co. Twin Falls, ID 83303          (800) 315-2469             Walton Bean Growers
N2960 730th St.          (208) 734-5221                                           Cooperative
Menomonie, WI 54751                                    Novartis                   100 2nd Ave.
(715) 664-8342                                         PO Box 4188                Englevale, ND 58033
                                                       Boise, ID 83711            (701) 683-5246
                                                       (208) 327-9338

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                 PRE BEAN DAY
Banquet warning:                                       Help direct research -- complete produc-
The food will be great, but don’t sit on               tion survey at Bean Day
                                                       A grower survey of production problems and practices
Greg Claassen’s knee!                                  will be conducted during Bean Day. The survey used
The annual pre-Bean Day banquet is set for Jan.        to be mailed to a sample of dry bean growers.
25 at the Fargo, N.D., Holiday Inn. You must call          The survey questions include the number of dry
the Northarvest Bean Growers Association office        bean acres you planted in 2000, the acres of each vari-
at (218) 334-                                          ety planted, the seed sources used, the worst pro-
6351 by Jan. 23                                        duction problems encountered (includes weather,
to reserve ban-                                        weeds, disease, insects, etc.) crop rotations used,
quet tickets.                                          micronutrients used, pesticides used and acres
Tickets are $15                                        treated.
per person                                                 This information helps determine the research
payable at the                                         needs of the dry bean industry, says Art Lamey, North
door.                                                  Dakota State University extension plant pathologist
    The      event                                     who conducts the study.“Your input in this survey is
starts at 5 p.m.                                       needed and will help research and extension faculty
Commercial                                             of both Minnesota and North Dakota, as well as the
exhibits and a
cash bar will be
open. The ban-                                              Bean Day
quet follows at 7
p.m. The menu                                              Quick Guide
includes     steak
                        Greg Claassen and “friend.”
and        walleye,                                     Here is a quick guide to Bean Day:
baked potato, green beans almondine, tossed                WHEN: Jan. 26, 2001 -- 9 a.m. View com-
crisp green salad and deluxe ice cream sundae.          mercial exhibits, register and warm up with cof-
    Ventriloquist Gregg Claassen, and his “mouthy       fee.
alter egos” will perform following the banquet. His        WHERE: All events at the Holiday Inn, Fargo,
program is referred to as one of the most unique        N.D., at 13th Ave. S. & I-29, across from West
in the country. He has performed at Silver Dollar       Acres.
City in Branson, Mo., and is a featured speaker for        OVERNIGHT: Lodging at Holiday Inn and
the Associated Clubs, an international dinner club      other nearby hotels and motels. (See list on page
circuit. Greg and his “friends” can be found            10.)

 Northarvest district elections set for Bean Day
                                                          Elections are to be held for posts on the
                                                          Northarvest Bean Growers Association board for
                                                          the following districts:
                                                             District 2 -- Gary Paur, Gilby, N.D., is the cur-
                                                          rent director.
                                                             District 5 -- Gary Friskop, Wahpeton, N.D., is
                                                          the current director.
                                                             District 8 -- Mark Streed, Milan, Minn., is the
                                                          current director.
           Northarvest                                       All are eligible for re-election.
      Election Districts

                                                      NORTHARVEST BEAN GROWER January-February 2001 Page 9
Terry Redlin
print is Bean
door prize                      Bean Day Lodging Guide
                                The following is a partial list of hotels and motels in Fargo.
                                All addresses are Fargo. The phone number area code is 701:
Be sure to register when
                                HOLIDAY INN                1-29 & 13th Ave. S.                  282-2700
you attend Bean Day.
                                AMERICINN                    1423 35th St. SW                   234-9946
Regist-ration is free and
                                ECONO LODGE                   1401 35th St. SW                  232-3412
it's your ticket to the grand
                                COMFORT INN                   1407 35th St. SW                  280-9666
door prize to be given
                                COMFORT INN SUITES            1415 35th St. SW                  237-5911
away during the day.
                                COUNTRY SUITES               3316 13th Ave. S.                  234-0565
AgCountry Farm Credit
                                DAYS INN                     3333 13th Ave. S.                  282-9100
Services (ph: 800-450-
                                EXPRESS WAY INN     1340 21st Av. SI-94 Exit 351          (800) 437-0044
8933) and Farm Credit
                                KELLY INN                       3800 Main Ave.                  282-2143
Services of Grand Forks
                                HAMPTON INN                   3431 14th Ave. S                  235-5566
(ph: 800-288-3982) will be
                                HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS            1040 40th St. S.                 282-2000
giving away a Terry Redlin
                                RADISSON                            201 5th St.                 232-7363
                                RAMADA PLAZA SUITES           1635 42nd St Sw                   232-7000
    You      must     be    a
                                REGAL 8                        1202 S. 36th St.                 232-9251
Minnesota         or    North
                                SUPER 8                         3518 Interstate                 232-9202
Dakota dry bean grower to
                                SELECT INN                  I-29 & 13th Ave. S.                 282-6300
win the print.

                                                                                     Gary W.
                                                                                    PO Box 162
                                                                                     Buxton, ND
                                                                                 Tel: (701) 847-2622
                                                                                Fax: (701) 847-2623
                                                                                    Toll Free:
                                                                                 (800) 286-2623

  Good Reasons To                              Pinto Beans Navy Beans
  Work With Us:
  1) Quality "Western                                 Quality Seed
     Grown" Seed                             Pinto Bean                     Hatton Farmers Elevator, Hatton, ND
                                                                               Contact Lynn at (701) 543-3773
  2) Friendly Service                   Receiving Stations At:             Reynolds United Co-op, Reynolds, ND
                                          Harvest States, Pisek, ND
  3) Competitive Prices                Contact Francis at (701) 284-6012
                                                                               Contact Paul at (701) 847-2261
                                                                            Cando Farmers Elevator, Cando, ND
  4) Dividends To All                    Harvest States, Kloten, ND
                                                                              Contact Wayne at (701) 968-4446
     Producers                          Contact Paul at (701) 326-4334
                                                                            Mid Valley Grain Co-op, Climax, MN
                                         Harvest States, Lankin, ND
  5) Agronomy Service                   Contact Paul at (701) 593-6255
                                                                               Contact Dave at (218) 857-2275

Page 10 NORTHARVEST BEAN GROWER January-February 2001
 Making A
                   Annual Report
                    To Producers

NORTHARVEST BEAN GROWER January-February 2001 Page 13
                           A message from the president
                           Dear members:

                           “When the going gets tough, the tough get
                           That’s a quote I particularly like. I’m not cer -
                        tain where it comes from, but it certainly applies
                        to our industry this year and the Northarvest
                        Bean Growers Association.
                           The dry bean industry is in particularly tough
                        shape. Prices remain stubbornly low.
                        Competition grows on all fronts.
                           So what is your organization - the Northarvest
                        Bean Growers Association, in conjunction with               Mark Myrdal
                        the North Dakota Dry Bean Council and the
                        Minnesota Dry Bean Research and Promotion Council - doing about it?
                           We are working harder and trying to work smarter.
                           We believe we have the right approach in research, promotion, market
                        development and communication to solve key problems.
                           We target research to develop new varieties that will be that will be can-
                        ners’ and packagers’ first choice. We invest in research that we think will
                        raise your yields or reduce your costs.
                           Our promotion program has been never more aggressive. By focusing
                        our campaigns on people who lead food trends, we have never leveraged
                        our investment more.
                           We have a sound strategy for servicing current overseas customers
                        and developing new export markets. We are working with others in the dry
                        bean industry on state and national legislative issues that affect our ability
                        to trade freely and fairly.
                           And finally, we continue to place a priority on providing you with as
                        much information as we can to help you make better decisions about sell-
                        ing dry beans and buying inputs to grow them.
                           This annual report summarizes our efforts in these and other areas dur-
                        ing the 1999-2000 fiscal year. Times are tough, but we are tough, too.

                                                                                      Mark Myrdal

NORTHARVEST BEAN GROWER January-February 2001 Page 13
                2000-2001 Budget By Category
                                                                                 BOARD AND COUNCIL
                                                 Research - 21.5%
                                                                                 Bean Growers Association
                                                                                    Mark Myrdal, Edinburg, N.D.
                                                  Program management -                      701-993-8243
                                                  12.5%                              Mark Streed, Milan, Minn.
                                                                                    Randy Carow, Perham, Minn.
                                                 Market Development - 4.5%          Marty Hettervig, Buxton, N.D.
National                                                                                    701-847-2434
& regional                                                                             Gary Paur, Gilby, N.D.
promotion                                                                                   701-869-2892
                                                                                    Gary Friskop, Wahpeton, N.D.
54.5%                                      Communication - 7%                               701-642-2378
                                                                                          Kevin Anderson,
                                                                                      East Grand Forks, Minn.
         How Your Bean Groups Work Together                                                 218-773-8159
                                                                                     Alan Juliuson, Hope, N.D.
     MN Dry Bean Research and                         North Dakota                          701-945-2672
        Promotion Council                           Dry Bean Council                Cecil Meyer, Raymond, Minn.
        Administers the MN                       Administers the Dry Bean                   320-847-3581
      Dry Bean Promotion Act.                     Industry Promotion Act
                                                     of North Dakota.
                                                                                   Dry Bean Research and
                   Northarvest Bean Growers Association                              Promotion Council
                        Coordinates Mn and North Dakota                                 Dan Hughes, Danvers
                   Bean Council promotion, market develop-                                  320-567-2283
                        ment and research programs.                                    Cecil Meyer, Raymond
                                                                                      Mike Beelner, Park Rapids
      National Dry Bean           Northern                American                    George McDonald, Fisher
            Council            Crops Institute         Dry Bean Board                       218-773-2192
      Carries out foreign       Promotes use         Coordinates domestic              Mark Dombeck, Perham
      market development         of northern-        promotion programs,                    218-346-5952
      and promotion, and        grown crops.         and market and nutri-
     serves as government                               tion research.
                                                                                         North Dakota
                                                                                       Dry Bean Council
                                                                                         Mark Sletten, Hatton
                                                                                         Hattie Melvin, Buffalo
      Annual Budget Appropriation by Category                                            Tim Skjoiten, Hatton
 Expense                                    1999-2000            2000-2001             John Dunnigan, Walhalla
 Program Management                           $121,086            $124,426                  701-462-3879
                                                                                        Paul Schulz, Washburn
 National and Regional Promotion              $651,250            $540,766                  701-462-3728
 Research                                     $240,811            $212,665
 Market Development                            $44,000             $44,000                    Office:
 Communication                                 $44,700             $70,300         Tim Courneya, executive director
 Total                                      $1,101,847            $992,157              50072 E. Lake 7 Rd.
 Income                                                                                  Frazee, MN 56544
 North Dakota Dry Bean Council                $881,500             $726,000               Ph: 218-334-6351
                                                                                         Fax: 218-334-6360
 MN Dry Bean Research
 and Promotion Council                        $220,347             $200,000
 Total                                      $1,101,847             $926,000

                                                             NORTHARVEST BEAN GROWER January-February 2001 Page 15
                         Export market development
                             The National Dry Bean Council’s
                         (NDBC) export strat-
                         egy took on a new
                         look in 1999-
                             For the first
                         first time, NDBC
                         promoted U.S.
                         dry beans to the
                         food service industry
                         and consumers in sev-
                         eral European markets
                         where importers and the
                         trade are familiar with
                         U.S. dry beans, but
                         where is weaking.
                             “We have to address
                         weakening consumer demand
                         because importers will only buy
                         beans if someone at the end user level
                         is buying beans,” says Amy Philpott,
                         NDBC intnernational marketing direc-
                             The NDBC spent a great deal of its time
                         on Mexico. The organization lobbied U.S.
                         trade representatives to make Mexico to
                         live up to its end of the North American
                         Free Trade Agreement and hold timely
                         import permit auctions.
                             In addition, the NDBC conducted trade
                         missions to several other countries, including
                         Spain, Japan and France.

                         Other work
                         The NDBC was busy on several other fronts.
                            Two committees began investigating mislabeling of imported dry bean products
                         and prospects for trading dry beans on the Chicago Board of Trade
                            NDBC staff developed and distributed a monthly dry bean supply report to 25
                         food aid organization that buy food under the PL480 program. The report included
                         average prices and availability ranking for 13 U.S. dry bean vareities. Food aid
                         organization used this information when deciding which product to order for emer-
                         gency relief and development programs.
                            The NDBC was active on Capitol Hill, too. Members lobbied legislators to:
                            * Provide $3.1 million for dry bean research
                            * Increase the Market Access Program budget from $90 to $200 million
                            * Fund the Foreign Market Develop program at no less than $35 million
                            * Oppose legislative, administrative change or any other action that would allow
                         farmers who grow program crops on contract acres from receiving a subsidy when
                         they also receive income from the sale of non-program crops, such as dry beans,
                         on the open market.
                            * Allow food and huminatarian aid trade to Cuba through private non-govern-

Page 16 NORTHARVEST BEAN GROWER January-February 2001
                             Green -- France, Mexico, Middle East, Algeria, Moroccoa, Egypt,
                             Tunisia, Brazil
                             Red -- Germany, Netherlands, Begium, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy
                             Japan, Spain, United Kindgdom, Turkey, Dominican Republic, Haiti and

                                                                                        The Northarvest
                                      Market consultants                                Bean Growers
                                      NDBC’s representatives overseas include:          Association’s dege-
                                                                                        lates to the National
                                      * David McLellan, Barcelona, Spain.               Dry Bean Council
                                      * Raul Cabellero, Sta Monica, Mexcio              are:
                                      * Jeff McNeill, Toyko, Japan.                     Mark Sletten
                                      * Johanna Stobvbs, Paris, France.                 Hatton, N.D.
                                      * Neil Gordon, Pinner, England.                   (701) 543-4079
                                                                                        Phil Longtin
                                      * Jois Alaby, Atibala, Brazil.                    Walhalla, N.D.
                                      * Peggy Sheehan, Food Aid Representative,         (701) 549-2356

                                                                                        National Dry Bean
                                                                                        Council Members
                                                                                        California Dry Bean
                                                                                          Advisory Board
                                                                                        California Bean
                                                                                        Colorado Dry Bean
                                                                                        Idaho Bean
                                                                                        Michigan Bean
                                                                                        Michigan Bean
          NDBC’s market development strategy                                              Shippers
How do NDBC members decide which               Declining markets -- Sales volumes       Nebraska Dry Bean
countries to target? They categorize       in mature markets are projected to             Commission
them according to dry bean sale trends.    decline despite promotion efforts. NDBC      New York State
The following are descriptions of the      does not conduct any promotion activi-         Bean
categories and NDBC promotion activi-      ties in these markets until conditions         Association
ties for each:                             change and the market reaches another        North Central Bean
    Growth markets -- Sales volumes        category.                                      Dealers
are projected to increase over the next        Prospective markets -- Have growth         Association
3-5 years. The NDBC attempts to famil-     potential, but is not yet importing volume   Northarvest Bean
iarize the trade and consumers with        levels that warrant a full promotion pro-      Association
U.S. dry beans. If U.S. dry bean prod-     gram. NDBC Activities include introduc-      Rocky Mountain
ucts are already common , they attempt     tory informational campaigns, trade            Bean Dealers
to increase sales through food, recipe     msisions and reverse trade missions.           Association
and health promotions.                         Opportuntistic markets -- Does not       Washington Bean
    Maintenance markets -- Sales vol-      consistently purchase U.S. dry beans,          Association
umes are strong, but projected to be       but in years of short local supply or        Western Bean
static. NDBC aims activities at prevent-   shortages from other countries they buy         Dealers
ing declines in current sales volumes      large volumes of U.S. beans. NDBC              Association

                                                    NORTHARVEST BEAN GROWER January-February 2001 Page 17
                       Domestic Promotion
                          Hundreds of articles in newspapers and magazines, and dozen of broadcasts on
                       radio and television...
                          Chefs praising beans...
                          Recipe contests for kids, school food service professionals...
                                                        One-on-one meetings with food industry magazine
                                                        A parntership with Westin hotels...
                                                        Publishing of calendars, recipes, brochures...
                                                        Conducting research surveys...
                                                        What’s do these and dozens of other promotion
                                                     activities in 1999-2000 add up to? More people eating
                                                     beans, we hope! At least no one can resaonably argue
                                                     that folks don’t know beans about beans.
                                                        All these activities and dozens of others were part
                                                     of the Northarvest Bean Growers Association’s 1999-

                       domestic promotion campaign.
                           Running through every activity --
                       from exhibiting at the North Dakota
                       School Foood Service Association to
                       having Willard Scott of the Today
                       Show kick off Baked Bean month -- is
                       a theme that beans are good tasting,
                       healthy food that is versatile, easy to
                       prepare and a perfect fit for today’s
                       busy lifestyle.

                                                  What’s Bean Happening!

                                                                              Beans on campus
                                Local promotions
                                                                          Recipe cards developed and
                            Kids recipe contest. Winner
                                                                         mailed to 800 college food ser-
                        announcement sent to food services
                                                                                 vice directors.
                           and 450 newspapers in MN &

                             Starwood                            Media                       Bean
                        Celebrity chef bean                    relations                of the month
                        recipes featured for             Generated featured           Recipe contest for
                         two months at 70                 stories about bean       school foodservice pro -
                           Westin Hotels.               cookery and recipes in      fessionals conducted.
                        Northarvest logo on              trade and consumer          Winners featured in
                        menu and signage.                magazines, and built        special calendar dis-
                                                             relationships                tributed at

Page 18 NORTHARVEST BEAN GROWER January-February 2001
                                   The Northarvest
                                   Bean Growers
                                   creates and directs
                                   activities. Members
                                   Tim Skjoiten
                                   Hatton, N.D.
                                   (701) 543-4106
                                   Hattie Melvin
                                   Buffalo, N.D.
                                   (701) 663-5234
                                   Dan Hughes
                                   Danvers, Minn.
                                    (320) 567-2283
                                   Mark Dombeck
                                   Perham, Minn.
                                    (218) 346-5952
                                   Alan Juliuson
                                   Hope, N.D.
                                    (701) 945-2672
                                   Gary Friskop
                                   Wahpeton, N.D.
                                   (701) 869-2378
                                   Randy Carow
                                   Perham, Minn.
                                   (218) 346-5393
                                   Mark Streed
                                   Milan, Minn.
                                    (320) 734-4706
                                   Cecil Meyer
                                   Raymond, MN
                                   (320) 847-3581

                                   The Northarvest
                                   Bean Growers
                                   Association’s repre-
                                   sentatives to the
                                   American Dry Bean
                                   Board are:
                                   Dan Hughes
                                   Danvers, Minn.
                                   (320) 567-2283
                                   Alan Juliuson
                                   Hope, N.D.
                                   (701) 945-2672
                                   Marty Hettervig
                                   Buxton, N.D.
                                   (701) 847-2434
                                   Mark Streed
                                   Milan, Minn.
                                   (320) 734-4706

NORTHARVEST BEAN GROWER January-February 2001 Page 19
                          The Northarvest Bean Grower Association funded 11 research projects at North
                        Dakota State University and the University of Minnesota. in 2000. They included
                          1) Dry Bean Improvement for the Northern Plains
                          2) Breeding for Multiple Disease Resistance With Special Emphais on White Mold
                          3) Evaluation of North Dakota State University Breeding Material for Reaction to
                          4) Potential Sources of Resistance To White Mold -- Jack Rassmussen, NDSU.
                          5) Integrated Bean Root Rot Management
                          6) Zinc Deficiency and Bean Production in the Red River Valley
                          7) Reflex and Spartan Use in Dry Bean
                          8) Maintaining Dry Edible Bean Quality
                          9) Resistance to Airflow Through Dry Edible Beans and Natural Air Dryng.
                          10) Identification of Races of Pseudomonas syringae pv. haseolicia (rust).
                          11) Dry Gean Grower Survey of Pest Problems and Varieties..

                        Oil tax refund funds extra research
                        The Northarvest Bean Growers Association and the North Dakota State Board of
                        Agriculture Research and Education (SBARE) teamed up to fund seven research
                        projects in 2000.
                           SBARE is a state board that the North Dakota legislature created in 1997 to
                        administer oil tax refund checkoff money. This year, the money available for grants
                        totalled approximately $680,000, with $32,320.50 allocated for dry bean research.
                           SBARE solicits research proposals and appoints commit-
                        tees to review proposals and award grants. This year, The Northarvest
                        Northarvest members from North Dakota on the SBARE dry Research Committee
                        bean committee included Gary Friskhop, Wahpeton; Jerome screens research
                        Hagemeister, Fessenden; Mark Myrdal, Edinburg, Gary proposals and makes
                        Paur, Gilby; and Mark Sletten, Hatton. Other committee funding recommends
                        members were Ken Grafton, North Dakota State University to the full board.
                                                                                       Committee members
                        dry bean breeder; and Cole Gustafson, director of the North are:
                        Dakota Ag Experiment Station.                                  Mark Sletten
                           SBARE and the Northarvest Bean Growers Association Hatton, N.D.
                        funded the following projects:                                 (701) 543-4079
                           * Control of Biennial Wormwood in Soybean and Dry Bean Jerome Hagemeister
                                                                                       Fessenden, N.D.
                        -- SBARE grant amount, $4,550; Northarvest match, $1,516. (701) 547-3275
                           * Elimination of Marsh Spot in Cranberry Bean --SBARE Mike Beelner
                        grant amount, $4,500; Northarvest match, $1,500.               Park Rapids, Minn.
                           * Developing Multiple Disease Resistant Dry Edible Beans (218) 732-5792
                        -- SBARE grant amount, $7,200; Northarvest match, $2,400. Mark Dombeck
                                                                                       Perham, Minn.
                           * Resistance of Dry Bean to White Mold -- SBARE grant (218) 346-5952
                        amount, $3,750; Nortrharvest match, $1,250.                    Mark Myrdal
                           * Sclerotinia Infection & Inoculum Production as Influenced Edinburg, N.D.
                        by Crops Species and Management Techniques --SBARE (701) 993-8243
                                                                                       Gary Paur
                        grant amount, $3,285; Northarvest match $1,096.                Gilby, N.D.
                           * Breeding for Root Rot Resistance in Common Bean -- (701) 869-2892
                        SBARE grant amount, $4,500; Northarvest match, $1,500.         Kevin Anderson
                           * Calcium Compounds Alone and in Combination With East Grand Forks, MN
                        Topsin M To Reduce White Mold Disease and Increase Yield (218) 773-8159
                        in Dry Bean Economically. SBARE grant amount, $3,535; Gary Friskop
                                                                                       Wahpeton, N.D.
                        Northarvest match, $9,143.                                     (701) 642-2378
                                                                                       Randy Carow
                                                                                       Perham, Minn.
                                                                                       (218) 346-5393

Page 20 NORTHARVEST BEAN GROWER January-February 2001
   Keeping members on top of market developments, assocation
activities and industry news is the goal of the Northarvest Bean
Growers Association’s communications program. In an effort to meet
those goals in 2000, the Association published five issues of the
Northarvest Bean Grower; distributed Talking Beans, a market
newsletter, at key intervals; compiled reports from scientists who are
                         conducting dry bean research funded by the
                         association in a publication called Research
                         Report 2000, and maintained a Web site at
                            www.northarvestbean. org

                                                         The Northarvest
                                                         Committee directs
                                                         the communications
                                                         Members are:
                                                         Phil Longtin
                                                         Walhalla, N.D.
                                                          (701) 549-2356
                                                         Fessenden, N.D.
                                                         (701) 547-3275
                                                         Tim Skjoiten
                                                         Hatton, N.D.
                                                         (701) 543-4106
                                                         Hattie Melvin
                                                         Buffalo, N.D.
                                                         (701) 663-5234
                                                         Mark Dombeck
                                                         Perham, Minn.
                                                         (218) 346-5952
                                                         Mark Myrdal
                                                         Endinburg, N.D.
                                                         (701) 993-8243
                                                         Marty Hettervig
                                                         Buxton, N.D.
                                                         (701) 847-2434
                                                         Mark Streed
                                                         Milan, MN
                                                         (320) 734-4706
                                                         Cecil Meyer
                                                         Raymond, MN
                                                         (320) 847-3581

                   NORTHARVEST BEAN GROWER January-February 2001 Page 21
                                                     Commodities,        business.
                             Talkin’                 Johnstown, N.D.
                                                     Thoreson has
                                                                             Vculek is a fourth generaton
                                                                         farmer in the Crete-Oakes, N.D.,

                             Beans                   been a sale rep-
                                                     resentative with
                                                     the    American
                                                                         area, producing wheat, corn, edible
                                                                         beans and potatoes. He and his
                                                                         wife, Robin, have two children. He
                                 News                Cyanamid            holds a bachelors degree in agri-
                              From Around            Corporation. He     cultural economics from North
                              The Industry           also has prior      Dakota State Univeristy and has
                                                     commodity trad-     been farming since 1984.
                                                     ing and market          Vculek serves on the board of
                                                     promotion expe-     directors for Crete Grain and was
THORESON JOINS NORTH                rience.                              active on the steering committee to
CENTRAL COMMODITIES                     North Central Commodities mar-   form Walton Bean as a cooperative.
Bill Thoreson East Grand Forks,     kets pinto and black beans for       He also has served on the promo-
                    Minn., is the   Johnstown Bean Company and           tion board for the Red River Valley
                    new market-     Cavalier Bean Company in domes-      Potato Growers Association. --
                    ing manager     tic and international markets.       Source: AgWeek, Dec. 18.
                    at     North         -- Source: Johnstown Bean Co.
                    Central                                              PARKER NAMED WALTON’S
                                    BARRY VCULEK HEADS                   CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
                                    WALTON BEAN COOPERATIVE              Mitch Parker is the new chief finan-
                                    Barry Vculek, Oakes, N.D., is the    cial officer for Walton Bean Growers
                                    new president of Walton Bean         Cooperative. Parker worked for
                                    Growers Cooperative. He replaces     Cargill for 11 years in West Fargo,
                                    Gerald Melvin, Buffalo, N.D., who    N.D.; Des Moines, Iowa; and
                                    stepped down to spend more time      Melboure, Austraila. He was
                                    with his farm and another family     recently an asset manager for
    Bill Thoreson

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                                                    NORTHARVEST BEAN GROWER January-February 2001 Page 23
N.D. Council,
oppose NDSU’s
move to charge
research fee
Northarvest Bean Growers Association and North
Dakota Dry Bean Council directors are “deeply disap-
pointed” in North Dakota State University’s recent deci-
sion to establish a $3 per cwt. research fee on new dry
bean varieties.
    “NDSU implemented the research fee over our objec-
tions, even though the officials promised us they would
not go ahead with the fee unless we agreed,” says
Mark Myrdal, Northarvest Bean Growers Association
    The Northarvest Bean Growers Associoation,
the North Dakota Dry Bean Council and the
Minnesota Dry Bean Research Council have
invested $150,000-$190,000 per year since
1988 in the breeding program. “Prior to 1988
our commercial dry bean growers literally
built the program with their dollars from
scratch,” Myrdal says.
    NDSU announced in December that it
will begin charging a research fee of $3
per cwt on the sale of registered and
certified seed of the new variety
Arthur.    Older     North    Dakota
Agriculture Experiment Station
(NDAES) dry bean varieties are
not assessed.                                                              Letters from the ND
                                                                          Dry Bean Concil
   Strong objections                                                    (top) and the
   In meetings that took place over several                            Northarvest Bean
                                                                      Growers Association
months, Northarvest and the North Dakota Dry                         dated Dec. 1999 state the
Bean Council made their opposition to the research fee              groups’ opposition to the
clear, Myrdal says.                                                NDSU’s variety research
   Northarvest and the Council opposed the research fee for sev-   fee proposal.
eral reasons, including:
Page 24 NORTHARVEST BEAN GROWER January-February 2001
    1) Current funding is adequate ers have a bean variety with better           Insult to injury
and is providing new varieties.         canning and packaging character-         NDSU officials added insult to
    2) The fee will directly increase istics than another region, their injury in making it appear that they
production                                           money was wisely had implemented the research fee
costs, mainly      The dry bean seed industry in     invested and is self- with the approval of the Northarvest
for commer-         Northarvest sells mainly to      serving.                 Bean Growers Association and the
cial growers       Northarvest growers who have      Northarvest’s intent North Dakota Dry Bean Council,
in      North       already paid to develop the      in funding the breed- Myrdal says.
Dakota and                  new varieties.           ing program over the        NDSU’s press release stated:
Minnesota.                                           past 20 years was to “This decision was made after
    3)    The                                        develop      varieties extensive discussions with the
fact that NDSU charges a research suited for North Dakota and Research                       Foundation,       ND
fee on potatoes and soybean vari- Minnesota that gave its members Agricultural Experiment Station
eties does not justify a resarch fee an edge in the market.                   (NDAES), College of Agriculture,
in dry beans. The dry bean seed            * Taxing 100% of our farmers Plant Science Department, and
industry in Northarvest sells mainly who grow commercial dry beans in Plant Pathology Department.
to Northarvest growers who have North Dakota and                                               Additional input
already paid to develop the new Minnesota to get at                                            was solicited from
varieties. The North Dakota potato the small volume of              “NDSU’s action may         the ND Dry Edible
seed industry sells varieties nation- non-Northarvest,         severely affect our support     Bean         Seed
ally. Collecting fees on potato vari- Canadian, Mexican         of the dry bean breeding       Growers
eties from out-of-state growers and other foreign                       program.”              Association,
helps the North Dakota potato seed seed sales is ludi-                 -- Mark Myrdal,         Northarvest Bean
industry develop more varieties that crous. Northarvest            Northarvest president.      Growers
their out-of-state customers can didn’t set out to                                             Association and
use. However, dry bean production develop commer-                                              ND State Seed
regions compete intensely for cial end-user competition when it Department.”
human consumption markets. If started the breeding program                       Mydral says that farmers need to
North Dakota and Minnesota grow-                                              understand that the Northarvest

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                                                    Martha Stewart Living
                                                    features dry beans
                                                      Dry beans are running with fast company these days --
                                                    pumpkin chandeliers, two-soup parties and moss fringe, no
                                                                               less. At least that’s what also
                                                                               appeared in today’s gauge of
                                                                               good taste -- Martha Stewart
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    Tim Skjoiten enjoys the
    doing fieldwork on his

                                                                       To Be
                                The bean business is hard, but at least
                                the farm is not in Yemen...
                                Have tough economic times in the bean business got you down?
                                    Wondering if your decision to farm was the right thingto do with your
                                    If you feel this way, you should meet Tim Skjoiten, a North Dakota
                                Dry Bean Council member and ,a dry bean grower from Hatton, ND.
                                    He might change your mind.
                                    Tim isn’t an eternal optimist who wears rose-colored glasses. He
                                doesn’t have any secrets to immediate success in the dry bean busi-
                                ness. Poor weather, low prices and rising costs hamper his farming

Page 28 NORTHARVEST BEAN GROWER January-February 2001
                                                                 Learning by serving
                                                                 Serving on the North Dakota Dry Bean Council is a great learn-
                                                                 ing experience, says Tim Skjoiten, Hatton, N.D. One of the things
                                                                 that Skjoiten says surprised him the most was the complexity of
                                                                 the Mexican trade issues. “All the pieces of the trade package in
                                                                 place. We just have to get them to live up to the agreement,” he
                                                                 says. Consider serving on the Council or the Northarvest Bean
                                                                 Growers Association board, Skjoiten urges. “You won’t regret it.”

operation, too. In fact, he says that       the roadside.” Tim recalls. “I was         sent home for safety reasons.
since he started farming in 1991 he         lucky. It never happened to me.”           Cindy set up housekeeping back in
hasn’t had a really good year, price           Americans working for oil com-          Hatton.
or production-wise, “not a single           panies in Yemen had to stay in their          “I had always thought I’d eventu-
one”                                        neighborhoods. When they ven-              ally farm and with the kids reaching
   “I’m still learningto farm in all this   tured outside their homes, they            school age, Dad starting to think
rain.”                                      traveled in groups.                        about retirement, and a residence
   But Tim has a unique perspective            “It was like the Wild West” Tim         established, it seemed like the obvi-
on farming. The 43-year-old man             says “You had to watch your own            ous time to take the plunge, so I
with big hands and broad shoulders          backside you could say”                    did.”
worked in the oil fields of North              When the Gulf War started,                 Tim returned to Hatton the fol-
Dakota, Wyoming and the Middle              American oil worker’s families were        lowing spring and began working
East for 10 years                                                                                with his father, Glenn —
before returning to the                                                                          who also served on the
family farm in 1991.                                                                             Northarvest           Bean
He was a pPetroleum                                                                              Growers         Association
engineer               for                                                                       board of directors — on
Halliburton Co. which                                                                            the family farm.
performs various ser-                                                                               “It’s been challenging
vices on oil wells and                                                                           financially,” Tim says “But
drilling rigs. Tim and                                                                           if it wasn’t, everybody
his wife, Cindy; and                                                                             would do it.”
their three children—                                                                               He has been working to
Maren, Andrea and                                                                                increase his equity in the
Pete — were living in                                                                            farm, buying land and
Yemen when the Gulf                                                                              equipment. At the same
War broke out.                                                                                   time, wet weather has
   “It was a scary time”                                                                         taken its toll on Tim’s flat
Tim says.                                                                                        Red River Valley fields.
   Yemen was one of                                                                              Though he has maintained
Iraq’s allies.        The                                                                        the drainage system well,
country didn’t enter                                                                             excessive rains have over-
the Gulf War, but                                                                                whelmed it.
Saudi Arabia — a U.S.                                                                               Drown-out losses have
ally — deported two                                                                              been high. The rain has
million Yemeni at the                                                                            had the most impact on
start of the war.                                                                                the dry bean crop.
   There was little                                                                                 “We used to plant
work for the refugees                                                                            beans on lower ground
in Yemen, a country of                                                                           that held the moisture,” he
only 10 million. Crime                                                                           notes. “Now, we have to
was high. Hijacking                                 Tim and Cindy Skjoiten find life on the      plant them on the lighter,
vehicles was com-                                   Hatton, N.D., farm where they grow dry       better drained soil.”
mon.                                                beans a lot more peaceful than the oil          Cindy works as the
   “They would stop                                 fields of Yemen at the start of the Gulf     executive director for the
you at gun point and                                War.                                         Hatton           Economic
leave you standing by                                                                            Development Corporation.
                                                             NORTHARVEST BEAN GROWER January-February 2001 Page 29
StarLink lessons for Minnesota agriculture
By Gene Hugoson                                             lic’s confidence in our food regulatory system is deeply
Minnesota Commissioner                                      bruised. Aventis has also asked the EPA to approve
of Agriculture                                              the corn for human consumption. While that may solve
                                                            some of the immediate problems for Aventis and our
    The fall of 2000 has brought major headaches for        grain dealers, I doubt it will do much to help farmers
America’s corn growers and the grain handling system.       who’ve already lost money. It certainly will not allevi-
The recent StarLink corn fiasco sent tremors through-       ate the public’s concern.
out our food handling system and with Minnesota corn            This story is still unfolding, and it’s anyone’s guess
growers planting nearly 35,000 acres of StarLink corn       how things will shake out. What can Minnesota farm-
this past year, our state is feeling the aftershocks.       ers do in the meantine to help themselves? The short-
    There is already a lot of skepticism around the world   term answer is that we need to produce what our
about genetically modified crops. This StarLink episode     customers want. For years I have argued that it is a
could increase that skepticism and hurt our ability to      mistake to think those of us who farm are in the busi-
market our crops internationally. We export about a hird    ness of growing commodities. Rather, we are in the
of our corn crop each year, so anything that makes it       business of supply agricultural products to end users.
more difficult to attract foreign buyers is very bad news   We need to consider customers preferences when we
for Minnesota farmers.                                      make decisions about what crops to plant. If you are
    At the end of October, I called upon Aventis to take    going to deliver grain to an elevator, this means plant-
all measures necessary to compensate losses farm-           ing corn Europe and Japan will accept.
ers might suffer from the corn. Aventis has agreed ot           With that in mind, I have encouraged Minnesota
pay 25 cents per bushel to farmers who grew StarLink,       corn growers to plant only export-approved seed vari-
but it’s unclear whether those who have comingled           eties for the 2001 growing season unless they plan to
other corn with StarLink or who grew corn pollinated        use their grain to feed livestock. We need to reassure
by StarLink will be eligible for payment.                   our buyers -- especially our foreign buyers -- that the
    Aventis claims that most of the StarLink corn has       products they receive from Minnesota meet their
been tracked down and recovered, but I fear the pub-        requirements. This would be to our advantage because

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it shows the world that Minnesota’s farmers are respon-
sible marketers and really do care about the consumers
who buy and eat their products. The long-term answer
is that we must move beyond a simple commodity sys-
tem. We must work toward an identity-preserved sys-
tem that will allow farmers to segregate different types
of crops. This type of system will allow us to truly deliver
the exact products our customers want.
    To help get this started, I’ve set up a grain-industry
working group made up of producers, retailers and
other industry representatives. This working group will
be asked to formulate a plan tot implement an identity-
preserved system in Minnesota. This system will
require buffer zones, extensive cleaning procedures
and separate storage and handling. It will take time, but
it will more than pay for itself in the long run.
    Some people have tried to portray the StarLink
episode as a black eye for biotechnology. I don’t agree.
After all, when an airplane crashes, we don’t call into
question the whole practice of travel. Rather, we learn
from mistakes and fix the problems. That’s the way I
believe we should deal with the StarLink situation.
Biotechnology shows far too much promise to be writ-
ten off at this point. Instead, we need to take a closer
look at what sort of biotech crops we grow and how we
bring them to market.

                                                           NORTHARVEST BEAN GROWER January-February 2001 Page 31
                                                                                      packs rows
                                                                                      prior to
                                                                                        Loren         Halverson,
                                                                                      Galesburg, N.D., contin-
                                                                                      ues to invent bean equip-
                                                                                      ment. His latest: A device
                                                                                      that packs the soil over the

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 row before planting.
    He made a front-mounted
 toolbar from a lifting rake.
 Halverson filled the toolbar
 with sand to add weight and
                                          Pick up ad from
 mounted six tires on the tool-
 bar, positioning them so that
 they would pack the soil over
                                          June-July 2000,
 the row.
    “We used it on all crops last
 year,” he says. “The wheels              page 23
 crush the lumps and move dry
 dirt outof the way. We feel we
 got 100-200 more pounds of               “Imagine the possi-
Watch for
bacterial brown
spot this spring
Be on the lookout for bacterial brown
spot this spring., advises Art Lamey,
North Dakota State University exten-
sion plant pathologist.
     Brown spot has been increasing
in the region. The bacteria survive
and multiply on symptomless bean
leaves and on weeds until popula-
tions are high and then the attack
dry bean plants.
     Rainy weather with temperatures
in the 80s favors development of
bacterial brown spot. The brown
spot bacteria are splash-dispersed
in the field. Typical leaf symptoms
are small brown spots with a yellow
border. When disease is severe, the
spots coalesce and destroylarge
portions of the leaf. Stem lesions
occasionally develop.
     Very few dry bean varieties have
resistance, Lamey says.
     Copper fungicide will suppress
the disease if applied early, but often
by the time we recognize a problem,
it is too late to get a return.
     Since bacterial brown spot is
spread in water, equipment should
not be operated in the field when the
foliage is wet, Lamey says.

                                             NORTHARVEST BEAN GROWER January-February 2001 Page 33
                                                                          ers, entrees, soups, salads or
Northarvest                                                                  desserts. Recipes will be judged
                                                                                      on taste, creativity, use
launches chef                                                                            of contemporary fla-
recipe                                                                                       and presenta-
contest                                                                                          One grand
                                                                                              prize winner will
                                                                                             receive $2,000.
The launchedAssociation

                  the “Chefs
                                                                                           One first-place
                                                                                        winner will receive
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test.“Beans are one of the most                                                    place winner will receive
versatile ingredients that a chef can                                             $500.
add to a menu,” says Susan Gross, co-owner and
executive chef of the Zinfadel restaurant in                                              Entry rules
Chicago. “This contest is a great way for chefs to                                        Entries may be writ-
showcase the many possibilities beans can bring to a                                    ten or typed on 8 1/2 x
variety of dishes.                                                                       11 inch sheets of
                                                                                         paper. Entrant’s name
   How to use your bean                                                                  and signature, home
   Professional chefs (commercial and non-commer-                                       address, home phone
cial) are invited submit an orginial bean recipe. Entries                              number (optional), name
must serve 24 and feature as a key ingredient one or                                of      employer       and
more of the following bean varieties: Pinto, navy, kid-                            employer’s address and
ney (dark or light red) or black beans. Dry-packaged                               phone number should be
and/or canned beans may be used to create appetiz-                                typed or printed on the each

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page of the entry. Entrants must list
the following information: recipe          Enter as often as you wish, but
name; all ingredients in exact U.S.     each entry must be a different
measurements; complete instruc-         recipe. Each entry must be created
tions, including time, temperature      by only one individual. The deadline
and all other relevant information.     for entries is March 31. Winners will
   Recipes also many be submitted       be announced in May.
on the official entry form, which can      Entries should be mailed to
be found on the Northarvest Bean        “Chefs Say Bean Appetit!” Recipe
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                                                           pureed pinto beans instead of the pumpkin.
                                                               The bean cake is very similar to the original
 Bean                                                      Pampered Chef pumpkin cake.

 Recipes                                                       Fresh pears do need to be ripe; bartletts turn from
                                                           green and hard to yellow and soft when they are ripe.
 From                                                      Baking unripe pears doesn’t tenderize them; they are
                                                           still hard when the cake is done. Use a vegetable
 Lynne                                                     peeler to peel fresh a pear, cut it in half and use the
                                                           small end of a melon baller to remove the stem and
                                                           seeds. The original Fanny Farmer recipe used 1/4 cup
                                                           of melted butter and 1/3 cup of brown sugar stirred
                                                           together and spread in the bottom of an 8 x 8 pan, a
                                                           pear layer over that and scratch gingerbread batter on
                                                           top. It makes a rich topping baked with the fruit and
Spice up new year with                                     spicy gingerbread. (Actually, a variation of the tradi-
                                                           tional pineapple upside-down cake.) I cook by the car-
Spicy Pear Upside-                                         diac-diet rules, so I just use brown sugar in the bottom
                                                           and leave out the butter. It works well.
Down Cake                                                      Vanilla ice cream or whipped topping is a popular
                                                           finishing touch. A Better Homes and Gardens recipe
                                                           suggests topping their Ginger-Pear Cake with one 8-
By Lynne Bigwood                                           ounce carton of low-fat vanilla yogurt combined with 1
Northarvest Home Economist                                 teaspoon of finely chopped crystallized ginger. A dec-
                                                           orating tube filled with topping will make the
This recipe is based on a Gingerbread Cake recipe garnish/topping look fancier than just a dollop.
from Pampered Chef. That recipe uses a 15-ounce (Crystallized ginger is available in the spice section of
                       can of pumpkin, 1/3 cup
                       molasses, 3 eggs, 2 tablespoons        Spicy Pear Upside-Down Cake
                       of their cinnamon spice blend and      12 - 15 servings
                       a german chocolate cake mix.
                       The baking instructions use their      Ingredients
                       stoneware pans, bundt or 9 x 13        4 tablespoons brown sugar
                       rectangular baker, in the              6 ripe pears peeled and cored
                       microwave or conventional oven.           or canned, drained pears
                          I added the pears on the bot-       1 15.5-ounce can pinto beans
                       tom.      I found a recipe for         1/3 cup molasses
                       Gingerbread Upside Down Cake           3 eggs (or 3/4 cup egg substitute)
Lynne Bigwood,         many years ago in the Fannie           1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Farmer cookbook. I make that cake in the fall when            1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
                                                              1 package (18.25-ounce) spice cake mix
pears are in season, plentiful and cheap. This recipe         Vanilla ice cream or whipped topping or vanilla yogurt
looked like it would work with that concept. I didn’t like        with 1 teaspoon finely chopped crystallized ginger
the chocolate flavor with the added spice, but my
guests thought the cake was good. I prefer spice cake         Method:
for the base. I did try a gingerbread mix , also. The            Brush large 9 x 13 inch pan with vegetable oil (or
gingerbread mix doesn’t require eggs and didn’t work          large bundt pan—use only 3 pears).
as well as the standard cake mix.                                Sprinkle brown sugar in bottom of baking pan. Slice
   Quite a few bean growers have cookie and dessert           each pear into 8 pieces and place in pan.
recipes that use pureed beans. Kaylin Cherry at                  Drain pinto beans, reserving liquid. Puree beans in gives instructions for            processor, blender or mash with enough bean liquid to
using pureed beans as a fat substitute in baked prod-         make a smooth, thick mixture. In a large mixing bowl,
                                                              combine pureed beans, molasses and eggs. Add cin-
ucts in place of applesauce or other fruit replacement/       namon, ginger and cake mix. Mix thoroughly.
fat substitutes. She recommends using a 1 to 1 ratio:            Pour cake batter over pears, smooth top to cover
substitute exactly the same amount of bean puree for          pears evenly. Bake 30 - 45 minutes at 350 degrees F.,
the solid fat the recipe requests. Kaylin suggests over-      until a toothpick inserted down to the pears comes out
cooking a pound of beans with a minimum of added              clean, top of cake will be slightly moist. Let stand 10 min-
water and no oil or salt, then freezing 1/2 cup portions      utes. Loosen edges and invert on a serving platter.
of bean puree to use later. I substituted a can of               Serve with topping, if desired. Refrigerate leftovers.

Page 36 NORTHARVEST BEAN GROWER January-February 2001
Busy season
for bean promotion
The Northarvest Bean Growers Association promoted
beans at several food service and culinary shows this
fall. They included the National Extension Association
of Family and Consumer Sciences conference, the
North Dakota and Minnesota Food Service
Association conferences,and the American Culinary

                                                                       Lynne Bigwood, Northarvest Home Economist, works the
                                                                       Northarvest exhibit at the North Dakota Food Service Association
                                                                       conference. in Bismarck, N.D.

Jen Neiman, of Manning Selevage and Lee (Northarvest’s public
relation’s firm), works the exhibit booth at the American Culinary     Lynne Bigwood, Northarvest Home Economist, offers beans
Federation Show held in Nashville, Tenn.                               samples at the Minnesota School Food Service Association con-
                                                                       ference in St. Cloud, Minn.

                                                                         Thank you
                                                                         Just a quick note to thank you for the opportunity
                                                                         to attend the conference in Baltimore with Lynne
                                                                         Bigwood. I “push beans” almost every day that I am
                                                                         in my office, but seldom with the overwhelming pos-
                                                                         itive response that we received by the extension
                                                                         people from all over the country who came to the
                                                                         National Extension Association of Family and
                                                                         Consumer Sciences conference. It was rewarding
                                                                         to visit with professional who were so enthusiastic
                                                                         about BEANS!
                                                                             Your lesson plans appear to be very complete
                                                                         and user friendly. As was deomonstrated by the
                                                                         number of people who received one last year and
                                                                         came back to tell us how they used it, the lesson
                                                                         plans apparently can be applied to many educa-
                                                                         tional settings.
                                                                             Keep up the good work! If you need a partner
Three Opryland Hotel School students created the Northarvest             again, keep me in mind.
dishes exhibited and sampled at the American Culinary                                                   Margi Janke, L.R.D.
Federation Show in Nashville, Tenn.

                                                                     NORTHARVEST BEAN GROWER January-February 2001 Page 37
                                                    and handle beans at at 80 degrees F. There was little
A word to the                                       moisture contents above color difference between beans at
                                                    14% if possible. Also, 18% and 14% moisture stored at 40
wise about stor-                                    beans at very cold tem- degrees F, but at 80 degrees F the
                                                    peratures are more sus- beans stored at 18% moisture were
                                                    ceptible to handling darker than those at 14%.
ing beans                                           damage.                        Bean color and storage temper-
                                                        Pinto beans exposed ature also appears to be related to
By Kenneth Hellevang                     to light will darken dramatically cooking time. After four months of
NDSU extension engineer                  within weeks. Therefore, limit expo- storage, beans that were stored at
                                         sure to light in storage.              80 degrees F had cooking times
Beans should be cleaned prior to            Beans stored at warmer temper- that were about double that of
storage to prevent dirt from discol- atures will dramatically darken in beans stored at 40 degrees F.
oring the beans during handling. storage. Based on one year’s Longer cooking times are a nega-
Also, there may be pockets of mate- research, beans stored at 80 tive bean characteristic. The beans
rial in the bin that are wet or restrict degrees F were much darker than that had the longer cooking times
airflow if the beans are not cleaned beans stored                                           were the darker col-
prior to being put into storage.         at 40 degrees                                      ored beans.
    Beans should be handled gently. F. Beans at                                                Beans should be
This usually means using belts for 18% moisture                     Cool beans              cooled in storage to
conveying and bean ladders to limit stored at 40                  in storage to 40          40 degrees F or
damage as the beans go into the degrees                  F     degrees F or less to         cooler to maintain
storage. Augers may be acceptable were lighter,                                             quality. Operate aera-
if they are operated at slow speed had             better       maintain color and          tion fans long enough
and the auger tube is kept full. color quality,                        cooking              to cool all the beans in
Beans at drier moisture contents than the 14%                          quality.             storage. Since, beans
are much more susceptible to han- moisture                                                  are more susceptible
dling damage. Therefore, harvest beans stored                                               to handling damage at

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                                                  avoiding seed pro-       Genetically resistant varieties
Anthracnose                                       duced in infested and tested “pathogen free” seed are
                                                  areas, Lamey says. primary controls in areas where the
raises concerns                                       Bean growers disease is established.
                                                  should determine         In the field, the most character-
                                                  where the seed istic symptoms of anthracnose
about seed                                        they purchase was appear on the undersides of leaves,
                                                  grown and not pur- where small, angular brick red to
Presence of a potentially devastat- chase seed grown in an infected purple-brown lesions develop.
ing disease in southern Manitoba state or province, including Older lesions become darker,
means North Dakota dry bean Manitoba, Michigan and Ontario. extend to the upper leaf surface and
growers need to be on the watch for Seed developed in an infected state proceed along veins. Pod lesions
it next summer and be cautious or province is acceptable if it was are sunken, circular, chocolate
about where the seed they pur- grown under furrow irrigation in a brown to black colored with a raised
chase was produced, according to western state such as Idaho, dark margin surrounded by a thin
a North Dakota State University, Wyoming, eastern Washington or zone of reddish tissue. On the
Fargo, plant pathologist.            eastern                                              lesion surface, tan
   Anthracnose is not established Oregon, he                                              spores dry into
in North Dakota or Minnesota, but it says.                   Anthracnose                  dark         granular
is present in southern Manitoba                       can be blown from field             masses.
near the international border, says                 to field in crop refuse and               Anthracnose
Art Lamey, NDSU Extension                                                                 can be blown from
Service plant pathologist.
                                                    spreads within the field in
                                                                                          field to field in crop
                                                     splashing rain showers,              refuse and spreads
   Seed from infected areas                          as well as being carried             within the field in
   The most important disease                                   on seed.                  splashing         rain
management procedure is to keep                                                           showers, as well
the anthracnose pathogen out by                                                           as being carried on

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                                      Market analysis
                                                            fall, which      the two largest classes. However,
Full pipeline, slow exports                                 should help
                                                                             the lack of movement in these two
                                                                             large classes masked much
affect prices despite sup-                                  market tone
                                                            by reducing
                                                                             stronger volumes for most other
                                                                             bean classes.
ply cut                                                     inventories
                                                            built by last
                                                                                Exports increased from the low
                                                                             levels of a year ago for black, Great
                                                            season’s         Northern, baby lima, small red,
By Gary Lucer                        strong yields, ample world supplies,    blackeye, and pink beans. U.S.
USDA agricultural economist          and the sluggish export market this     exports (commercial and food aid)
                                     season.                                 increased to Mexico, Japan,
U.S. dry edible bean production is      Despite extremely low prices,        Angola, and Haiti but declined to
estimated to be down signficiantly dry bean export volume was 14%            the United Kingdom, Canada,
from a year ago.                     below a year ago through the first 8    Honduras, and Nicaragua.
    Although beginning to show months            of   2000.
some strength, aggregate dry bean Adequate world sup-
prices remain low ($15.30 per cwt plies and the strong              Domestic dry bean
in October, down 11% from a year U.S. dollar have offset
ago) because of fully stocked mar- the advantage of low          consumption is forecast
ket pipelines and slow exports for a market prices, keeping
few key bean classes.                export volume down
                                                                 to reach a record 2.2 bil-
    USDA announced several size- for navy beans (down            lion pounds in 2000 - up
able purchase intentions for domes- 56%) and pinto beans
tic canned and dry pack beans this (down 29%) beans—
                                                                      2% from 1999.

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                                         Market analysis
    Reduced volume to Central            export demand.                        down 18% from a year earlier.
American nations such as                     Calendar year 2000 domestic       Reduced movement to Mexico
Honduras was a reflection of the         use is likely to be around 975 mil-   (down 24%), the Dominican
recovery from Hurricane damage           lion pounds and exports will use an   Republic, Haiti, and a few sales to
two years ago, bringing lower food       estimated 150 million pounds.         Nicaragua outweighed increased
aid needs.                                   Grower prices (MN/ND) began       movement to Angola (up 99%) and
    Because of the strong U.S. dol-      the marketing year in September at    Russia.
lar, competition from Canada, and        $11.50 per cwt and had moved to          Exports are excpected to
reduced navy bean import demand,         $12.00 by mid-November. Although      account for about 9% of supplies,
export sales to the United Kingdom       moving higher, these were the low-    down from 10% in 1999 and 12%
were down by two-thirds to just 35       est monthly averages since 1991.      during the 1990s. The recent low
million     pounds.With        average       Pinto bean exports have been      was in 1992 when just 7% percent
grower prices for dry beans very         weak this year, with volume during    of supplies were exported. --
low for most of the past marketing       the first nine months of the year     Source: November 2000 USDA
year, retail prices for dry bagged
beans also fell, declining 2% from a
year earlier during the first 9 months
of 2000. However, the U.S. dry
bean grower-retail price margin
                                         ND State Seed
declined during the year, with the
grower price averaging just 23% of
retail value during the first three
quarters — down from 26% in
    However, an expected gain in
grower prices during the fourth
quarter with expectations for further
modest increases in the year ahead
should help growers regain some of
                                         pickup from
this lost share of retail value.
    Domestic dry bean consumption
is forecast to reach a record 2.2 bil-
lion pounds in 2000 — up about 2%
from 1999. Forecasts for 2001 sug-
                                         Jan. 2000, page
gest domestic use may decline as
supply is cut back and prices begin
to move higher. On a per-person
basis, dry bean use jumped about
8% in 1999 to 7.9 pounds due to
strong supplies and very low prices.
    In 2000, most dry bean prices
remained low and relatively stable,
which encouraged the domestic
market to absorb more dry beans
and allowed per capita use to rise
to 8.0 pounds.

Pinto Production Down;
Price Improving Slightly
   Pinto bean production in 2000 is
down slightly for the second con-
secutive year following 1998’s near-
record high and should be a better
match for the existing domestic and
                                                         NORTHARVEST BEAN GROWER January-February 2001 Page 41
                                                             choice.        have had very little testing. If you
Pick the winners                                             However, if
                                                             its perfor-
                                                                            can’t verify the relative perfor-
                                                                            mance of a variety with multiple
Two tips can help you identify the                           mance is       locations and years worth of data,
                                                             poor at        making a major change to a new
best new varieties for your farm                             other loca-    variety is a gamble.
                                                             tions it is           Pest resistance, marketing
Interested in growing a new
variety? How do you know
                                       likely a poor choice.
                                           Variety trials summarized over
                                                                              2    factors, yield and other agro-
                                                                            nomic characteristics should not
which variety will likely yield
                                       multiple locations and years pro-    be dealt with in the same manner.
more? Michael Peel, North
                                       vide the most reliable way to dif-   Pest resistance does not vary
Dakota State University exten-
                                       ferentiate among varieties. The      across environments, however the
sion agronomist, offers these
                                       top performing variety from this     level of a pest will vary with loca-
                                       type of summary is the best          tion.
                                       adapted. On average it has per-         When a particular pest is a
1Look at multiple sites and
   multipe years. Moisture, tem-
perature, solar radiation, pest
                                       formed better under a range of
                                       environmental conditions. Single
                                                                            problem in your area you should
                                                                            give it due consideration, using
                                       year single location data provides   the variety description tables to
pressure and soil conditions, to
                                       the least reliable comparisons       differentiate for resistance
name a few, are never the same
                                       among varieties.                     between varieties.
from year to year, even at the
                                           When looking at data from any        You will note in North Dakota
same location. A variety that per-
                                       source, only numbers within the      variety description tables that sev-
forms very well at a single location
                                       same year should be compared.        eral newer varieties are not rated
in one year may look appealing.
                                           In 1999 and 2000, there were     for some disease. Too little infor-
Before choosing such a variety
                                       many new varieties of all types of   mation is currently available to
look at its performance at other
                                       crops released that look very        rate them. This lack of information
locations. If it performs well at
                                       promising. It also the case that     should be viewed as a precaution-
other locations it is likely a good
                                       many of the varieties released       ary statement.

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USDA Crop Report

       NORTHARVEST BEAN GROWER January-February 2001 Page 43
Ontario navy grow-
ers face                                               USDA Crop Report
poor market
Onatrio white bean growers are                           Dry edible beans: Production by Class
facing a bleak market and low               Class                              Production
prices for their crops after a                                      1998             1999                  2000
bumper year in 1999.                        Navy                   3,887            7,294                  4,771
    “That was a perfect year.               Great Northern         2,173            2,469                  2,448
Farming went gangbusters,” says             Pinto                 14,511           10,839                 10,646
Tino Breuer, general manager of             Light red kidney       1,134            1,375                  1,324
the Ontario White Bean Producers            Dark red kidney          842            1,040                  1,002
Marketing Board.                            Pink                     919              815                    321
    Production in North America’s           Cranberry                382              577                    450
prime white bean growing areas of           Black                  3,564            3,371                  1,341
Michigan, Minnesota dn North
Dakota in the United States and
Ontario and Manitoba in Canada          7 million bags annually for several     farmer John Poel says he is scaling
hit nearly 10.2 million bags in 1999.   decades, that left more than 3 mil-     back to the extreme. Poel says he
That was almost double the num-         lion bags to carry over this year and   doesn’t plan to grow dry beans in
ber of 45-kilogram (100 pounds)         in 2001. Barring a weather disaster     2001. He says unless he gets the
bags harvested the year before          for some of the bean producing          chance to double crop, it will be the
and more than 25% greater than in       regions, the only answer is to slash    first time the 33-year-old can
2000.                                   production, Breur says.                 remember there not being a white
    With worldwide demand flat at           St. Mary, Ontario-area cash crop    bean crop on the family farm in his

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