Dry Edible Beans

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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 2019 Nebraska ranked nationally in dry bean production:

  • 1st in production of Great Northern beans
  • 2nd in production of all dry edible beans
  • 2nd in production of pinto beans and light red kidney 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.

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Carlos Urrea, dry bean breeding specialist at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff (center, in red shirt), stands in a hail-damaged dry bean variety plot at the Panhandle Center, during the annual Panhandle Ag Research and Technology Tour (PARTT) in August 2019.
Carlos Urrea, dry bean breeding specialist at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff (center, in red shirt), stands in a hail-damaged dry bean variety plot at the Panhandle Center, during the annual Panhandle Ag Research and Technology Tour (PARTT) in August 2019.

2019 Nebraska Dry Edible Bean Trial Results

December 16, 2019
Results of the 2019 variety trials for dry edible beans conducted by the University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center have been posted on the Nebraska Extension CropWatch website.

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A comparison of the bacteria that cause bacterial wilt of dry beans and Goss’ wilt of corn. The rods of Curtobacterium (left) in the dry bean wilt pathogen are shorter and fatter than the Goss’ wilt pathogen, Clavibacter (right).
Figure 1. A comparison of the bacteria that cause bacterial wilt of dry beans and Goss’ wilt of corn. The rods of Curtobacterium (left) in the dry bean wilt pathogen are shorter and fatter than the Goss’ wilt pathogen, Clavibacter (right).

Puzzling Out Two Closely Related Corn, Dry Bean Diseases

October 24, 2019
Two closely related plant diseases — one in corn and the other in dry bean — have followed similar, but somewhat perplexing patterns of appearing, disappearing, and then resurging as a serious threat to crop yield. A UNL researcher looks at factors affecting the cycle and whether it can be predicted.

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USDA Funds 13 Specialty Crop Projects in Nebraska

October 8, 2019
From dry beans to honey, specialty crops are an important part of Nebraska agriculture. This week USDA awarded nearly $675,000 for projects designed to strengthen the specialty crop industry in Nebraska.

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Dry bean harvest underway in the Nebraska Panhandle

Dry Bean Harvest in the Nebraska Panhandle

September 26, 2019
Dry bean harvest is well underway in the North Platte River Valley where yields are down in areas that faced significant challenges this summer, as well as areas with sufficient water and no hail.

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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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