U.S. Beans Condition Slips

WASHINGTON - Aug 5/19 - SNS -- The condition of dry edible bean crops in the United States declined slightly during the past week, judging from state level crop updates from the USDA's NASS.

The proportion rated in good condition slipped from 71% to 63%, while crops rated in fair condition inched up from 23% to 26% and crops rated in poor or very poor conditions increased from 5% top 6%. All states for which crop ratings are available account for 84% of the total seeded area.

Crop development remains behind last year in most states. North Dakota crop reporters say 86% of the crop is in bloom, compared to 95% at this time last year, with 66% setting pods, compared to 76% last year.

In Minnesota 85% of the crop has completed blooming, 4 days behind normal, with 60% setting pods, two days behind normal. In Montana, 73% of the dry bean and chickpea crop is now in bloom. That state's field pea harvest is now underway.