U.S. Bean Production in 2020

In 2020, bean production in the United States increased by 59% over the previous year, with an estimated acreage of 1.74 million hectares, 35% more than in 2019. The harvested area was estimated at 1, 68 million hectares, 43% more than in 2019. The average yield of beans in the United States in the 2020 harvest was 1,966 pounds per hectare, 197 pounds more than in 2019.

In Brazil, which imports a large part of the black beans it consumes, mainly from Argentina, a new window opens for imports from the USA: there is an increase in prices due to the low supply, since for Argentina, in view of the appreciation of the US dollar, exporting to other countries have been more interesting. In addition, Brazilian production might not be sufficient to supply the domestic market in 2021.

With a product with superior quality – handling in the plantation with quality seeds, respecting the limits in the use of herbicides, automated harvesting and acclimatized storage – American beans have become a great option for Brazilian consumers.

What is USDBC?
The United States Dry Bean Council (USDBC) is a private trade association made up of leaders in the American bean sector whose common goal is to promote the edible bean trade, both in the United States and abroad, and educating consumers about the virtues of beans. USDBC is privately financed; its representatives work closely with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) in foreign markets and often co-sponsor activities with the US government. To learn more about the work of the USDBC, visit

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