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Production and Marketing

A list of dry bean buyers and marketers is available in the Saskatchewan Agriculture publication, Saskatchewan Special Crop Marketing Company Listing. Several marketing companies offer production contracts, crop inputs and production advice for dry bean growers. 

Market opportunities 

Dry bean is the most widely traded pulse crop in the world. There are hundreds of market classes of dry bean produced depending on local traditions, tastes and demand.

Over 100 countries import dry bean. Major importers are India, United States, Japan and the UK (Figure 3). However, imports made by these countries make up less than half of world imports.

Major exporting countries are Myanmar, China, Canada, United States and Argentina. Annual world exports range from 2.6 to 3.5 million tonnes. Canada exports approximately 300,000 tonnes of dry bean annually, much of which goes to the UK and USA.  The four largest producers of dry bean are Brazil, India, China and Myanmar; however, some of these countries consume much of their domestic production.

Due to the increased consumption of Mexican and Caribbean style foods, significant market opportunities exist in Canada for increased domestic use and exports of dry bean to USA, Mexico and Caribbean countries.

Dry bean is used almost exclusively as food and is therefore a high-value crop. Very little is used in livestock feed as it requires some processing before it can be fed. For this reason, growers must take extra care to maintain high quality in their dry bean crop.

Economics of production 

The proper identification of any crop disease can be difficult. It is strongly recommended that you test bean seed at an accredited for germination, vigour and the presence of seed-borne diseases.  

The provincial Crop Protection Laboratory in Regina at 306 787-8130 provides foliar disease identification for a fee. They can also provide you information on fees and instructions for proper sample collection and transportation. 

The Crop Planning Guide - Specialty Crops includes information on projected costs of production and expected returns of pinto bean in narrow-row production systems in Saskatchewan. 

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