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Dry edible beans being cooked to test various variety attributes, including cooking time

When Developing New Lines of Dry Edible Beans, Cooking Time Matters Too March 8, 2019

When breeding new lines of dry edible beans, disease resistance, drought tolerance, and plant architecture can be observed in the field, but measuring cooking time is a chore for the laboratory. Cooks prefer varieties that cook in 30-45 minutes.

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The Feb. 21 meeting, “Dryland Production in the High Plains,” will provide a look at agricultural  research in the region. Field days, like this one last June, also share information from HPAL.
Figure 1. The Feb. 21 meeting, “Dryland Production in the High Plains,” will provide a look at agricultural research in the region. Field days, like this one last June, also share information from HPAL research.

Dryland Production on the High Plains Focus of Feb. 21 Meeting February 8, 2019

What emerging issues will challenge crop and livestock producers in the High Plains? What research is going on at University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and land-grant universities in response? What are the lessons from that research? A Feb. 21 meeting will explore these topics.

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A cutworm moth captured in the field.

Bugeye Workshop: Cutworms & Kin January 30, 2019

Growers concerned about the increase in cutworms in dry beans can learn about improved monitoring and management at a March 11 hands-on workshop in Scottsbluff.

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Dry edible beans

Dry Edible Bean Day Set for Feb. 12 at Gering January 29, 2019

Featured at this event are an address by the Nebraska Director of Agriculture, presentations by dry bean processors, and updates from university researchers and the Nebraska Dry Bean Commission.

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Panhandle Pride Great Northern in field trials
Figure 1. Panhandle Pride, the newly released Great Northern variety shown here, offers resistance to bean common rust and common bacterial blight. In addition its upright plant architecture and larger seed size are key selling points of the new variety.

New Dry Bean Variety, Panhandle Pride, Available for 2019 January 10, 2019

Panhandle Pride’s genetics, including resistance to bean common rust and common bacterial blight, and its upright plant architecture and larger seed size are key attributes of the new variety. Two more dry bean lines are expected to be released in 2020.

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Dry edible beans

2018 Dry Edible Bean Variety Trial Results January 10, 2019

The dry bean report includes a description of the 2018 variety trials and 10 tables that list yield, moisture, test weight, and other data for each variety within the market classes.

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SDI Irrigation at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center
Figure 1. An aerial view of the plot at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center where the Subsurface Drip Irrigation (SDI) system has been installed. The field is in the upper half of the photo and irregular in shape. The circular shape of the previous field, which was irrigated by a small center-pivot system, is still visible. (Photo by Xin Qiao)

Subsurface Drip Irrigation Being Tested at Panhandle Center November 2, 2018

A state-of-the-art subsurface drip irrigation (SDI) system has been installed at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center at Scottsbluff and this summer was tested under production of great northern beans.

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Farm/Ranch Transition Workshops: When You're Not in Control September 28, 2018

A new series of Nebraska Extension farm/ranch transition workshops is designed for the "sandwich generation," the one falling between retiring grandparents and the grandchildren who may or may not be interested in returning to the operation. The workshops will cover family communication and financial and legal aspects.

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