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Curtis Amundson unloads a full hopper of pinto beans on his Pickett bean combine north of East Grand Forks on Monday ahead of the rain forecast today and Wednesday. It was the second day of combining beans for Amundson.Herald photo by Eric Hylden.

Prices high as edible bean crop harvest begins

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The harvest of dry edible beans, a crop North Dakota dominates, began in earnest during the weekend as many farmers in the Red River Valley left clouds of dust Monday as their combines scooped up windrows of the legumes.

After farmers in Minnesota and North Dakota reaped a record crop of dry edible beans -- pintos, navies, whites, blacks, etc. -- last year, they will be counting far fewer beans this fall, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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