USDA: SD's dry edible bean crop down 14 percent

12/10/2013 1:30 PM
By Associated Press

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is forecasting a 14 percent drop in dry edible bean production in South Dakota for 2013.

The South Dakota office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service is estimating the crop at 23 million pounds for 2013.

Total planted acres for dry edible beans are forecast to be 12,000 acres, down 1,000 acres from 2012.

The 11,500 harvested acres are down 1,400 acres from last year.

The statewide yield for 2013 is forecast at 2,000 pounds per acre, down 60 pounds from a year ago.

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