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OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE NORTHARVEST BEAN GROWERS ASSOCIATION
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: www.northarvestbean.org
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
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: email@example.com 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
-- 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
JAMESTOWN IMPLEMENT CO.
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
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
10:15 - 10:25 a.m. Setting The Agenda
12:00 - 1:15 p.m. Lunch
Mark Myrdal, President
Northarvest Bean Growers
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
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.
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
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
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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
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 financial.com Canada R0G 0B0 (403) 824-3879 (800) 678-0855
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
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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
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-
District 5 -- Gary Friskop, Wahpeton, N.D., is
the current director.
District 8 -- Mark Streed, Milan, Minn., is the
Northarvest All are eligible for re-election.
NORTHARVEST BEAN GROWER January-February 2001 Page 9
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.
PO Box 162
Tel: (701) 847-2622
Fax: (701) 847-2623
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
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NORTHARVEST BEAN GROWER January-February 2001 Page 13
A message from the president
“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.
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.
& regional Gary Paur, Gilby, N.D.
Gary Friskop, Wahpeton, N.D.
54.5% Communication - 7% 701-642-2378
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.
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
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
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.
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-
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Green -- France, Mexico, Middle East, Algeria, Moroccoa, Egypt,
Red -- Germany, Netherlands, Begium, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy
Japan, Spain, United Kindgdom, Turkey, Dominican Republic, Haiti and
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
* Jois Alaby, Atibala, Brazil. Walhalla, N.D.
* Peggy Sheehan, Food Aid Representative, (701) 549-2356
National Dry Bean
California Dry Bean
Colorado Dry 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
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
What’s Bean Happening!
Beans on campus
Recipe cards developed and
Kids recipe contest. Winner
mailed to 800 college food ser-
announcement sent to food services
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
creates and directs
sentatives to the
American Dry Bean
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.
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
-- 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
* 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
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
Northarvest match, $9,143. (701) 642-2378
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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
NORTHARVEST BEAN GROWER January-February 2001 Page 21
Talkin’ Johnstown, N.D.
Vculek is a fourth generaton
farmer in the Crete-Oakes, N.D.,
Beans been a sale rep-
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
Buyers and Processors of Pinto, Navy and Black Beans
New crop contracts
Receiving Stations: Mike Hallingstad, Manager
Hope Farmers Elevator -- Dale Enerf P.O. Box 386, 411 2nd Avenue NE
Sharon Farmers Elevator - Tom Amundson Mayville, ND 58257
Northwood Equity Elevator -- Scott Ostlie
Luverne Farmers Co-op -- Alan Leadbetter email:SRScomm@polarcomm.com
NORTHARVEST BEAN GROWER January-February 2001 Page 23
move to charge
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
“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
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
The bible of modern good taste, Martha Stewart Living featured
beans not once but twice in the October issue.
WALTON BEAN GROWERS
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Joe Nelson, Executive Vice-President/Agent
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Boston Baked Beans -- were the only quality but also value.” The
focus on a three page feature. The
magazine editor called Boston
article covered the hisotry of the
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Baked Beans symbolic of “Yankee
spirit that notoriously demands not
stone boiled beans in a vessels of
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achs or hollowed out animal car- Celebrating 33 years of
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Concepts Hardsurface pinto bean knives -- Heath, Speedy and Orthman knives
1) Do not need a rod weeder.
2) No plant pull.
3) Self sharpening.
4) Slick cut of bean plant and all weeds.
5) Cut plant minimum depth of ground
-- less dirt in beans.
6) If off rows, plant is cut as long as plant
contacts the end of knife.
Have knives on hand.
Appreciate orders as early as possible.
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Tim Skjoiten enjoys the
doing fieldwork on his
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
Galesburg, N.D., contin-
ues to invent bean equip-
ment. His latest: A device
that packs the soil over the
Wheat Barley Peas
Cert. Russ Cert. Robust Cert. Majoret
Cert. Gunner Oats Pinto Beans
Certified Seed of Most Classes Cert. Parshall Youngs Cert. Marverick
Receiving stations: Reg. Reeder Reg. Maverick
Jensen Seed Company Farmers Elevator of Flax Cert. Frontier
Stephen, MN (218) 478-3397 Honeyford
Honeyford, ND, McCanna, ND Durum Cert. Cathay Reg. Frontier
Central Valley Bean (701) 869-2456 Reg. Mountrail
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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
“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-
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
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
winner will receive
Say Bean Appetit!” recipe con- $1,500 and one second
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
Congratulations to our 2000 “Top
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measurements; complete instruc- recipe. Each entry must be created
tions, including time, temperature by only one individual. The deadline
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Recipes also many be submitted be announced in May.
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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
www.realfood4realpeople.com 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
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.
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
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-
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
Red River Valley Pinto Yield Trials
Pick up table, chart and logo
from March April 2000, page 29
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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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NORTHARVEST BEAN GROWER January-February 2001 Page 39
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
stronger volumes for most other
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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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
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
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
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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