Michigan grows eight commercial classes of beans: navy, small white, black turtle, pinto, light kidney, dark red kidney, cranberry and yellow eye. Seventy percent of beans produced in the state are of the navy variety.
The Montcalm area has historically been a center of “colored” dry beans. Montcalm County grew 16,000 acres of dry beans in 1998. Michigan’s total dry beans production for 1997 was more than 5 million hundredweight (hundred weight equals one-hundred pounds).
Our dry bean crop is processed and bagged for sale by several local processing plants and much of our cranberry crop is exported to southern European countries.
Dry bean breeders from Michigan State University conduct research at Montcalm Research Farm in Entrican to develop new varieties and improve cultural practices. The dark red kidney Montcalm was named for the county.
For more information about Michigan beans, contact:
Michigan Bean Commission
1031 S. US 27
St. Johns, Michigan 48879
Michigan Bean Shippers Association
P.O. Box 6008
2435 Midland Road
Saginaw, Michigan 48608-6008