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FNS Photo by Michael Vosburg Abdullah Al Bari, a doctoral candidate at North Dakota State University, stands in a nursery field of 100 families of corn stands Sept. 20 in Fargo that that will be used as seed in test plots next year all over the state.

Considering the alternatives: As corn prices plunge, farmers look to other crops


You might think Tim Courneya is pleased that area farmers are interested in planting more dry edible beans this spring. After all, he’s executive vice president of the Frazee, Minn., Northarvest Bean Growers Association, North America’s largest supplier of dry beans.

But he’s ambivalent about the possibility.

“Well, there’s both good and bad,” he said.

The good: more acres should mean a more reliable supply for dry bean buyers.

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