MEXICO BEAN HARVEST AND PRODUCTION POST BIG DECREASESSeptember 20, 2019
We have been reporting on the possibility of a diminished dry bean harvest in Mexico as a result of weather challenges. Our August Planting Intentions report confirms that the extended drought in Mexico during the critical planting period resulted in an almost 50% decrease in bean planting surface and a production drop of over 56% against the Mexican Agricultural Secretary’s (SIAP/SADER) projections. During the critical month of June 2019, precipitation was scarce causing moderate drought in areas in the key dry bean growing states of Chihuahua, Durango, Guanajuato and Zacatecas, delaying bean planting. July was classified as the driest month in history, according to national records. The lack of rain caused extreme stress in the beans planted in the last week of June, reducing the planting surface.
Production expected in 2019 Spring-Summer cycle in the five principal states assessed is estimated at close to 400 thousand MT. The three most important bean states, Zacatecas, Durango and Chihuahua currently have carryover of 140 thousand MT from the 2017 and 2018 crops. The newly created Government Agency for Food Security SEGALMEX, has another 96 thousand MT of
beans collected through the bean support program from the 2018 crop. We are also noting a trend of decreased bean consumption
For details please see the full report posted on our members only website. A second report will be issued imminently with additional details.