2016 Dry Edible Bean Day Jan. 12 at Gering

2016 Dry Edible Bean Day Jan. 12 at Gering January 2, 2016

The 2016 Nebraska Dry Edible Bean Day will feature advice for producers, news about health benefits, updates on research, and reports from the state commission and U.S. Dry Bean Council.

It will be held Tuesday, Jan. 12, at the Gering Civic Center and is sponsored by the Nebraska Dry Bean Growers Association (NDBGA). Registration begins at 8 a.m. (earlier than previous years) and the program starts at 8:30 a.m.

NDBGA President Dean Keener and Jack Whittier, director of the UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center, will welcome guests. Rebecca Bratten of the U.S. Dry Bean Council is tentatively scheduled to provide an update.

Paul Burgener of Platte Valley Bank will speak about markets. Nebraska Dry Bean Commission member Cindy Allen will talk about the trade missions she participated in. An update on new programs in water management will be provided by the North Platte Natural Resources District and the Nebraska Dry Bean Commission will have a short video presentation.

University of Nebraska researchers will provide updates on the following research conducted at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center:

  • Studies on Bacterial Diseases of Dry Beans — Bob Harveson, plant pathologist
  • Herbicides, Tiny Wasps, and Cutworms: A busy year for dry bean entomology — Jeff Bradshaw, entomologist
  • Upcoming Projects on Dry Bean Irrigation Management in the PREC — Amir Haghverdi, irrigation management specialist
  • Integrated Weed Management in Dry Beans — Nevin Lawrence, integrated weed management specialist
  • Release of New Great Northern Cultivar; Plant Population and Row Spacing Study; and Yield Gains in Dry Edible Beans in the U.S. — Carlos Urrea, dry bean breeding specialist

The annual Nebraska Dry Bean Growers Association meeting will be conducted during the morning, and the program will conclude with lunch at 12:30 p.m., featuring entertainment by cowboy poet Russ Thacker. Vendors booths will be available throughout the morning and into the afternoon.

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