Initially cultivated in Central and South America over 7,000 years ago, dry beans are the most important food legume consumed in the world. Black Beans are produced in a variety of crop systems and environments in regions such as Latin America.
The bulk of Argentina’s black bean crop is grown in the provinces such as Tucuman, Santiago del Estero, Catamarca and the southern part of Salta.
Black Bean planting starts in January/February, and is seeded on well drained soils, these crops don’t tolerate cold weather. Yields for harvested fields are considered average, about 1,200 kg/ha. Most black beans from Argentina are produced on large farms with high technical input. Quality is very good, with 95% attaining 4mm size.
Depending on planting dates, harvest normally takes place between May through to July, with the marketing year running from June through to May. At harvest, the variety needs to be ready all at the same time as pods will open if the plants are too mature. Once harvested and separated from the plant, the bean seed continues to ripen, causing biochemical reactions to occur. Therefore it is important to control humidity content, temperature, and climate affect to prevent deteriorating the quality.
Tradelinks producers use air and sieving technology with padded equipment to clean the crop. The distance and number of drops is kept minimal to avoid damaging the seed. The finished product is then packed in storage bags.
During transportation, handling is kept to a minimum and the more advanced procedures have moisture gradients and temperature controls. Sanitation of containers must be carefully inspected and controlled, Tradelink ensures that each lot is inspected and analysed by a reputable third party laboratory to ensure the product matches or exceeds the specifications agreed to.
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