October production of many Utah dairy products dropped, and the dry bean harvest is the lowest since 1977, according to the Utah Agricultural Statistics Service.
Bean production this year was down 58 percent from 1988. Although growers harvested 5,000 acres, 11 percent more than last year, the average yield was only 300 pounds, slightly more than half of the 1988 yield, spokesman DelRoy Gneiting said.Most dairy products also fell in October, he said, with ice milk taking the greatest drop.
October butter production was 710,000 pounds, 10 percent less than the previous month and 39 percent below last year. American cheese fell 12 percent from last October's production with 2.8 million pounds and Swiss cheese dropped 32 percent, he said.
Utah dairymen produced 58,000 gallons of ice milk - 44 percent less than September and 62 percent less than October 1988.
But ice cream and sherbet production increased more than 20 percent from last year, a total of 686,000 gallons.