Nebraska Research

Dry Edible Bean Research at the UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center

At the UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center at Scottsbluff, specialists use a team approach into conducting research aimed at benefitting production of dry edible beans and other crops. Scientists at the Panhandle Center conduct research into the following disciplines:

  • Dry bean breeding
  • Crop Physiology
  • Plant pathology
  • Weed management
  • Insect management
  • Machinery systems
  • Irrigation systems
  • Soil fertility management
  • Ag economics

UNL coordinates closely with the dry bean industry, including the Nebraska Dry Bean Commission, the Nebraska Dry Bean Growners Association, dry bean processors, and other related industries. Some of the funding for research comes from dry bean checkoff funds.

UNL has bolstered its dry edible bean breeding program in recent years with the hiring of a dry edible bean breeder based in western Nebraska, and the construction of a molecular laboratory (bottom photo) and a greenhouse (top photo) to further enhance our ability to conduct research.

Greenhouse at UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center

Dry bean breeding lab at the UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center

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