It will be a tough year to draw edible bean acres into production, Jim Barclay director of foods from Hensall District Co-op, told farmers attending the Special Crops Symposium.
He estimates a 30 per cent reduction in acreage for black, white, and pinto bean crops. “In 2011 we will see a reduction in dry bean acreage, to what extent we are still unsure.”
For white beans, the projected acres planted for 2011 in North America is 266,500 acres, with the demand being 6.2 million cwt.
Barclay said an estimated 216,700 acres of black beans will be planted in North America, with demand steady at four million cwt.
The amount of pinto beans projected to be planted in 2011 throughout North America is down 244,000 acres from 2010, with only 565,000 acres projected. The demand however, is steady at 12.5 million cwt.
“North American bean growers must continue to keep dry beans in their rotation, end-users’ support is there. We need to continue market access, if we don’t produce the acres, end-users will have no choice but to go to other growing regions to get the job done,” said Barclay.
Soybeans continue to “be on steroids” as Barclay describes. Although all other dry bean acreage is being reduced, soybeans continue to grow, especially in Manitoba.
Manitoba continues to be a strong producer of soybeans. Out of the total pulse acreage in Manitoba, which was 778,200 acres, 528,127 of those acres were soybeans. This set a soybean record for Manitoba. Pulse crops were up from 2009 when only 674,700 acres were planted in Manitoba.