Mexico Dry Bean Harvest Shows Slight Increase

October 18, 2017

USDBC completed its post planting dry bean survey in Mexico estimating total production for the 2017 agricultural year will increase 10.4% compared to 2016, surpassing 1 MMT but still 17.4% smaller than the 2012-2016 average. Our technical consultant estimates that production is about 8% lower than Mexican Government (SIAP) estimates. Dry bean planting surface in the 2017 spring summer cycle increased 14.2% compared to the same cycle in 2016. The states of San Luis Potosi and Zacatecas registered the largest planting surface increase to 45% and 11% respectively. As such San Luis Potosi and Zacatecas are projected to increase production in the spring summer cycle 45.8% and 31.4% respectively. Chihuahua, Durango, and Guanajuato are the states with the most significant production decreases to 25.3%, 5.2%, and 5.5% respectively.

Total production by variety in the five principal bean production states is as follows: Black beans 279,300 MT (47%); Pinto beans 211,200 MT (35%) and colored Beans 109,400 MT (18%).Bean production in the states of Chihuahua, Durango and south of Zacatecas, could be smaller than these initial projections due to excess moisture which impacts yield and quality. As a result, we are projecting that dry bean prices will continue to be high. We will issue another survey after November 15, 2017.


Mexico dry bean production by state, source: CASSMA consulting

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