New Crops News, Spring 1991, Vol. 1 No. 1
Brooks Foods, located in Mt. Summit, Indiana, currently purchases large quantities of dry beans for processing into chili mixes. In 1990, the company lead a collaborative field research initiative to test and select dry bean varieties for local production. These field tests generated exceptionally promising results. The highest performing variety selections from the 1990 field tests will be grown on a pilot commercial basis in 1991 by growers in the Mt. Summit area. Study findings indicate current supply/price/demand conditions in the dry bean industry could result in 15,000 acres of new crop production for Indiana, if the 1991 pilot production is successful. This level of dry bean production would represent nearly $4.5 million in new crop revenues for Indiana producers.