Mexico Harvest Report Delayed Due to Rain

September 18, 2017

USDBC produces its initial Mexico dry bean planting report mid to late August and resurveys the planting progress in early September to give a more accurate picture of anticipated production numbers. As of this publication, our resurvey tour is behind schedule and just now concluding due to unpredictable and unstable weather systems that have brought heavy tropical rains that continue to fall. Heavy rains have continued in the states of Zacatecas, Durango, Guanajuato and Queretaro. Intense storms are now moving into Nayarit and San Luis Potosi in the next couple of days. With the caveat that we cannot provide conclusive numbers at this time, we offer the following observations:

Zacatecas. – beans are reportedly in good condition despite frequent rains in the most important bean area in Rio Grande.

Durango. – is reporting rain/flood and hail damage in the most important bean areas affecting mainly late planted beans.

Chihuahua. – Preliminary numbers indicate that Chihuahua state planted 100 thousand hectares of pinto beans down from the originally programmed 129 thousand.

San Luis Potosi. – Preliminary numbers show that SLP planted 118 thousand bean hectares, increasing the planted surface around 25% in comparison with 2016.

Guanajuato. – Production expected is also around 50 thousand MT.

Rain total in Mexico over 24 hour period September 4 - 5, 2017 (Source: Mexican Meteorological Service)

Again, these are not conclusive projections. Details on these projections are available in the Mexico report posted on the members only section of our webpage. The full harvest report will be out in the next days.

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