Irrigation saved Nebraska's dry bean crop.

Despite having a severe drought, Nebraska dry bean growers averaged 24 - hundred pounds per acre, the second largest average in the nation behind Oregon. KNEB reports the National Agricultural Statistics Service shows in 2012 Nebraska increased acres and overall production over 2011.

In 2012 Nebraska farmers harvested 133, thousand acres of dry beans - the fourth largest in the nation. With higher than average yields Nebraska has moved up to third in the nation for dry bean production totaling almost 3.2 million pounds. The state's dry bean growers continue to prefer to grow Pintos over any other class of beans.

North Dakota remains the top state for dry bean aces and overall production, followed by Michigan.

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