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.
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.
The occurrence and distribution of plant pathogens are long known to be strongly influenced by the environment. We see evidence of this concept every season on specialty crops in western Nebraska, and 2018 was no exception.
Do early season weeds have the same impact as later season flushes? Researchers here report on a 2018 study conducted in dry bean to compare how soon after planting crop yield was impacted by weed presence.
Specialty crop research in Nebraska is getting a boost from almost $700,000 awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to study hops, dry beans, and wine grapes; to monitor invasive pests; and to encourage healthy snacking in schools.
As growers in western Nebraska look at new pulse crops to integrate into their rotations, a UNL plant pathologist works to identify possible disease threats. Cowpea (black-eyed pea) is being studied now.