Annual Nebraska Dry Bean Field Tour set for Aug. 22
Direct harvest, weed management, irrigation, genetics, disease control, and the economy are among the timely topics to be covered during the 2017 Dry Bean Field Tour, scheduled for August 22 at the University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff.
Registration begins at 9 a.m., followed by welcomes from Jack Whittier, Panhandle Center director, and Paul Pieper, president of the Nebraska Dry Bean Growers Association, at 9:30 a.m. Extension Educator Jessica Groskopf will present “Economics of Dry Bean Production” and Extension Educator John Thomas will present an update on direct harvest. Legislative updates will be presented by representatives for US Senators Ben Sasse and Deb Fischer and 3rd District US Representative Adrian Smith.
Plot Tours & PREC Speakers
The morning will continue with a tour of research and demonstration plots on the following topics:
- Evaluating Dry Bean Herbicide Combinations for Control of Herbicide-Resistant Pigweed: Nevin Lawrence, Extension integrated weed management specialist
- Deficit Irrigation Management and Water Stress Monitoring for Dry Beans: Xin Qiao, Extension water and irrigation management specialist
- Potential Great Northern and Pinto Bean Lines to be Released as Cultivars: Carlos Urrea, Extension dry bean breeding specialist
- Long-Term Experiment on No-Till Dry Bean Production with Limited Irrigation Supply: Bijesh Maharjan, Extension soil and nutrient management specialist
- Testing New Products for Disease Control in Dry Beans: Bob Harveson, Extension plant pathologist
- Thirty Years of Dry Bean Variety Trials – What Have We Learned? Extension educator Jim Schild
Lunch will follow the field tour. After lunch, State Senators John Stinner and Steve Erdman will speak from 1-1:30 p.m. in the Panhandle Center Auditorium and answer questions.
The field tour is co-sponsored by the Nebraska Dry Bean Growers’ Association and the University of Nebraska.