Michigan growers are in the fields getting a first-hand look at how the beans are doing this year and also looking at possible export markets. Many acres of dry beans were planted in Michigan due to weather concerns and late planting of some crops.
According to Joe Kramer, executive director of the Michigan Bean Commission, Mexico could be a possible area that could import Michigan beans because of dry conditions.
“There are reports that [Mexico] has less than 50 percent of their anticipated acres actually got planted,” said Kramer. “Durango’s got a fair about of problems, and that’s black bean country. The black bean market needs to get rid of a few acres, and it looks like Mother Nature is going to help to our benefit.”
Michigan’s dry bean producers will have the chance to vote on the continuation of the Michigan Bean Commission and its activities in a referendum conducted by the Michigan Department of Ag.
Ballots will be mailed to producers September 11 and voting will begin September 16. Ballots must be received by Sept 27. If you’re an eligible producer, contact MDARD at 800.292.3939.