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Pulse weekly outlook: Bids underpin Manitoba edible bean area

Province's soybean acres expected to fall

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Solid prices should keep Manitoba farmers growing edible beans in 2020, although soybean area will likely drop, according to a provincial specialist. Disappointing harvest weather in 2019 hurt yields and cut into harvested area for edible beans in both Manitoba and across the border in the United States. As a result, prices heading […] Read more

Scoular to sell edible bean business

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — The Scoular Company has made a deal to sell its edible beans business in Manitoba and the northern U.S. to a Michigan edible bean processing and exporting co-op. Cooperative Elevator Co., which is owned by over 1,100 U.S. farmers and operates mainly in Michigan’s “thumb” northeast of Flint, announced Friday it will buy […] Read more


Pulse weekly outlook: Edible bean yields lower across North America

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — A challenging harvest season spelled trouble for dry bean yields across North America, according to one report from the Global Pulse Confederation. Mexico’s spring-summer bean crop yield was pegged at around 400,000 tonnes, which was 52 per cent lower than the previous year. The loss in production was largely due to drought conditions […] Read more



Pulse weekly outlook: Early snow hurts edible bean prospects

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — An early snow storm hit key edible bean growing regions of Manitoba and the northern U.S. hard, with a large portion of the crop in the region now facing an uncertain future. “It is unprecedented what’s happened at this point,” said Tim Courneya, executive vice-president of the Northarvest Bean Growers Association, which represents […] Read more




Pulse weekly outlook: Manitoba bean quality looks good

Reading Time: < 1 minute CNS Canada — The quality of Manitoba’s edible bean crop appears decent, but yields will remain a mystery for a week or two. Dennis Lange, pulse specialist for Manitoba Agriculture at Altona, Man., said most edible beans are maturing about two weeks ahead of normal, but yield estimates will have to wait for more harvest […] Read more


Manitoba’s bean harvest on track

Reading Time: < 1 minute CNS Canada — Manitoba’s dry edible bean crop should come in this harvest with numbers roughly the same as last year, from where a provincial specialist sits. “This year, I would say right now, depending on how things settle out in the next little while, we’ll be at least equal to last year, if not […] Read more

New in IP and edible bean varieties

When you opt to grow food-grade or edible beans, the challenges are substantial – but so are the potential benefits

Reading Time: 3 minutes In the past few years, production of identity-preserved (IP) food-grade soybeans and edible beans has seen ebbs and flows based on their respective markets, with growers signing up and dropping out in ways that the trade says are much harder to predict. The comparative ease and reliability of growing transgenic corn and soybeans is hard […] Read more