Michigan Bean Growing Regions

Rich farmland in Michigan’s “thumb” counties produce more beans than any other place in the state and Michigan’s Huron County is one of the top dry bean-producing counties in the nation.

Michigan is second in the nation in navy, dark red kidney, and light red kidney bean production, and we lead the nation in black turtle and cranberry bean production with 60% and 84% of the total, respectively.

The fertile soils of the Bay-Thumb area are particularly well suited for growing dry beans.  Michigan dry beans are available worldwide, especially popular in the United Kingdom and gaining popularity in Mexico. They will continue to be an essential and valuable commodity to Michigan agriculture. 

Dry Beans (acres: 2017)