U.S. dry edible bean production is forecast at 24.2 million cwt for 2008, down 5% from last year and down slightly from 2006, according to the USDA’s latest crop production estimates.
Planted and harvested area increased from the June Acreage report but still below the previous year on both counts
The average U.S. yield is forecast to jump and if realized, will be the highest yield on record for the U.S.
If realized, North Dakota and Wyoming could have their highest dry bean yields on record.
However production in 11 of the 18 other producing States is pegged to be lower primarily due to reduced acreage.