The latest Extension information about dry bean production and management practices from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Nebraska's Dry Bean Industry
Nebraska dry edible bean producers plant anywhere from 140,000 to 200,000 acres of beans annually, producing approximately 1 billion servings. This production is concentrated in western Nebraska, where the climate is arid and the warm days and cool nights provide excellent growing conditions for dry edible beans.
In 2021, Nebraska ranked nationally in dry bean production:
- 1st in production of Great Northern beans
- 2nd in production of pinto beans and light red kidney beans
- 4th in production of all dry edible beans
Hear from farmers in the Nebraska Panhandle and follow dry bean harvest from start to finish in this film by Joe Patterson with support from the Nebraska Dry Bean Commission.
Learn More About Dry Beans:
- Nebraska Dry Bean Commission
- The Bean Bag, a resource produced by the Nebraska Dry Bean Growers Association
- USDA's Briefing Room on Dry Beans
- Northarvest Bean Growers Association, serving North Dakota and Minnesota growers
2023 Dry Edible Bean Day Set for Feb. 7 in Gering
January 31, 2023
Numerous UNL experts are set to present updates on the dry edible bean breeding program, on-farm research studies, pest and nutrient management research, and more.
2022 Nebraska Dry Edible Bean Trial Results Available
January 12, 2023
The dry bean report includes a description and summary of the trials, and tables that list yield, 100 seed-weight and test weight adjusted at 14% moisture, and other phenological data for each variety.
Crop Progress: Soybean, Dry Bean Harvest Nearly Finished
October 27, 2022
As of Oct. 23, soybean harvest was at 93%, well ahead of both last year and the five-year average. Dry edible beans and winter wheat are also nearly finished with harvest, while corn and sorghum are now over 50% done.
Dry Bean Harvest in the Nebraska Panhandle
October 20, 2022
So far this harvest season, dry beans are yielding 39 bushels per acre, a slight decrease from previous years.
Crop Progress: Corn, Soybean Harvest Ahead of Schedule, Winter Wheat Planting Wraps Up
October 18, 2022
As of Oct. 16, corn and soybean harvest was well ahead of average pace, and winter wheat planting was at 94% complete.