Nebraska dry bean production drops

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is forecasting a 14 percent drop in dry edible bean production in Nebraska for 2013.

The Nebraska office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service is estimating the crop at 2.75 hundredweight for 2013.

Total harvested acres for dry edible beans is estimated at 117,000 acres, down 16,000 acres from 2012.

The statewide yield for 2013 is set at 2,350 pounds per acre, down 50 pounds from a year ago.

Great Northern beans account for 45.2 percent of the total production (1.24 million cwt). Great Northern bean production is up from last year's production of 1.09 million cwt.

Pintos account for 42.7 percent of total production, light red kidney 6.7 percent, blacks 3.4.

All other bean classes represent 2 percent of the state's total production.

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