Slow Dark Pinto Beans Arrive

Slow Dark Pinto Beans

For several years, the dry edible bean industry has been trying to develop a pinto seed variety that is resistant to light and slow it’s natural darkening process. When pinto bean buyers choose their products, they typically choose the lightest colored beans. This is the reason why pinto bean dealers (although they might not like to admit it) have been trying to create a new pinto bean seed variety that stays brighter + whiter longer (and would also have good yield in the field).

Mother nature intended for pinto beans to darken over time to a brownish color. However, it’s tougher selling a darker pinto bean than selling a brighter pinto bean when it comes to certain markets. When pintos are first harvested they are typically much lighter in color, but as the days + weeks + months pass pinto beans naturally darken due to exposure to light + heat + the natural elements. Please note: The darkening process does not affect the nutritional properties of the pinto beans, it only changes it’s color to a darker tone.

Dry edible seed companies & the leading agricultural schools in certain state universities have been busy in the lab (and fields) trying to splice and dice the perfect pinto bean so it’s color does not darken as quickly. After several years of hard work it seems the dry edible bean industry has achieved a new pinto bean variety which stays much brighter than other pinto seed varieties. This new pinto variety is called “slow dark” pinto beans. They have been recently tested in Florida and other locations in the United States to see how it performs against other pinto seed varieties such as La Paz & Wind Breaker.

Dry Pinto Beans has been able to attain some photographs from friends of ours who conducted the “slow dark” pinto bean trials and the results were very impressive! 

In the link below there are photos of 3 different pinto bean varieties: La Paz, Wind Breaker, and Vibrant (which is now called “slow dark pintos” or “SD” for short). As you can see, the vibrant variety (slow dark) is much lighter than it’s cousins – Wind Breaker & La Paz. Take a look at the results and click the link below to view for yourself.

2010, 2011, and 2013 Seed Photos of Windbreaker, Vibrant, and La Paz

Dry Edible Bean Area Planted

USA Dry Edible Bean 2015-2016 Crop Production Numbers

Dry Edible Bean Area Planted, Harvested, Yield, and Production – States and

United States: 2014 and Forecasted October 1, 2015

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:         Area planted          :        Area harvested

State     :—————————————————————

:     2014      :     2015      :     2014      :     2015

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:                          1,000 acres

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Arizona 1/ …..:       11.0             9.0            10.9             8.9

California …..:       48.0            43.0            47.5            42.5

Colorado …….:       46.0            49.0            44.0            46.0

Idaho ……….:      125.0           120.0           124.0           119.0

Kansas ………:        7.5             7.0             6.9             6.5

Michigan …….:      250.0           270.0           245.3           266.0

Minnesota ……:      155.0           190.0           148.0           182.0

Montana 1/ …..:       37.5            46.0            37.0            45.0

Nebraska …….:      165.0           140.0           152.0           129.0

New Mexico 1/ ..:       10.5            12.5            10.5            12.4

:

New York …….:        8.0             8.0             7.7             7.8

North Dakota …:      630.0           660.0           615.0           645.0

Oregon 1/ ……:        8.5            10.0             8.5            10.0

South Dakota …:       14.0            12.5            12.9            11.7

Texas ……….:       23.0            31.0            21.0            28.0

Washington …..:      130.0           110.0           129.0           109.0

Wisconsin 1/ …:        7.9             7.9             7.9             7.9

Wyoming ……..:       42.0            31.0            37.6            29.5

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United States ..:    1,718.9         1,756.9         1,665.7         1,706.2

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:       Yield per acre 2/       :         Production 2/

State     :—————————————————————

:     2014      :     2015      :     2014      :     2015

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:      ——- pounds ——          —— 1,000 cwt —–

:

Arizona 1/ …..:      1,940           1,950             211             174

California …..:      2,190           2,200           1,040             935

Colorado …….:      1,900           2,300             835           1,058

Idaho ……….:      1,800           1,800           2,232           2,142

Kansas ………:      1,710           1,700             118             111

Michigan …….:      1,940           1,900           4,749           5,054

Minnesota ……:      1,950           1,950           2,887           3,549

Montana 1/ …..:      1,630           1,800             603             810

Nebraska …….:      2,500           2,300           3,800           2,967

New Mexico 1/ ..:      1,900           2,100             200             260

:

New York …….:      1,490           1,900             115             148

North Dakota …:      1,430           1,200           8,795           7,740

Oregon 1/ ……:      2,260           2,300             192             230

South Dakota …:      1,880           2,050             243             240

Texas ……….:      1,220           1,150             256             322

Washington …..:      1,500           1,400           1,935           1,526

Wisconsin 1/ …:      2,480           2,500             196             198

Wyoming ……..:      2,130           2,200             799             649

:

United States ..:      1,753           1,648          29,206          28,113

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