U.S. Bean Seeding Nears End Game



WASHINGTON - Jun 12/18 - SNS --- Seeding of dry edible bean crops in the United States made relatively good progress through the past week, with progress in several regions entering its final stages.

Judging from state level reports, around 85% of this year's intended crop is now in the ground, compared to 73% at this time last year and the recent average of 72% complete by the end of the first week of June.

Crops are emerging in most areas and generally rated in good condition.

                  USA - Dry Edible Bean Seeding Progress
                           (per cent planted)
Harvest                This Week  Last Week  Last Year    Average
Colorado                      60         27         62         63
Idaho                        100        100         95         98
Michigan                      42         14         20          0
Minnesota                     92         81         95         89
Montana                       95         87         95         92
Nebraska                      27         27         14         15
North Dakota                  97         83         97         81
Oregon                        94         85         94         96
Washington                    99         94         95         98
Wyoming                       73         54         63         64
United States                85%        73%        80%        72%
SOURCE: State crop reports