Farmers to Slash Dry Bean Area

WASHINGTON - Mar 31/16 - SNS -- Dry edible bean seedings in the United States will sink 12% if farmer stick with their seeding intentions, according to the USDA.

Area planted this year is expected to be 1.56 million acres, down 12% from the previous season. Within the category, land in chickpeas is expected to jump 19% to 246,000 acres as farmers respond to strong prices and demand.

Six of the 11 estimating States expect a decrease in dry bean acres this year. Significantly, the top four producing States in 2015, which included Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, and North Dakota, are expecting lower acreage than a year ago.