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More than 1.9 million acres of dry beans were planted in 2010, the third consecutive year that planted acreage has increased. Four states produced 69 percent of the total dry bean output in 2010. North Dakota produced 11.5 million cwt or 35 percent of the total crop. Michigan produced 4.2 million cwt, Nebraska 3.2 million cwt and Minnesota 3.1 million cwt.
Beans are a high-cost, irrigated crop compared to sunflowers and wheat. Beans require two to three fungicide treatments to combat disease, are prone to iron deficiency, leave little crop residue to inhibit postharvest erosion and require irrigation. Multiple irrigation applications may also lead to the fungus problem. Beans are an excellent crop to grow in rotation with grain and root crops. Wheat, corn, barley, soybeans and sugar beets are the most common crops grown in rotation with dry beans.

The wide variety of beans available, each with its own unique characteristics, offer versatile ingredients that can be used in virtually any type of cooking. Beans are one of the most nutritionally complete foods available. They are an inexpensive source of both complex carbohydrates and protein and provide iron, magnesium, zinc, potassium and soluble fiber in high amounts. Beans are considered healthy because they are high in complex carbohydrates, high in protein, high in dietary fiber, high in folate, low in fat, low in sodium, cholesterol-free and rich in vitamins and minerals.
USA Enterprises Inc.
USA Enterprises Inc.

The United States shipped more than 8.9 million cwt of dry beans in 2015. Mexico, Canada and the United Kingdom (UK) remained the top three destinations, accounting for 50 percent of dry bean exports. The volume shipped to Canada rose by double digits (38%) while the volume shipped to Mexico and to the UK dropped by double digits (-23% and -10% respectively).

The most frequently exported dry beans were (in order) black, navy and pinto beans. Of these three classes, only the volume of navy beans increased. A record 1.9 million cwt were exported.
U.S. dry bean prices continue to climb.
one cup providing 40 to 48 grams of carbohydrates.
one cup providing as much as 16 grams of protein.
Adults generally need to eat between 50 to 60 grams of protein a day..
USA Enterprises Inc.