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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NDA Specialty Crop Grant Proposals Due Jan. 31

January 11, 2019
This grant program supports the research, development, and marketing of specialty crops, including dry beans, fruits, vegetables, nuts, honey and some turf and ornamental crops

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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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Specialty Crops Disease Update

January 10, 2019

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.

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Dry bean weed management trial

The Importance of Early Season Weed Control

January 9, 2019
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.

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UNL, NDA Receive Grants for Specialty Crop Research

November 5, 2018
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.

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Cowpea wilt
Figure 1. A two-year study of diseases in Nebraska cowpea, also known as black-eyed pea, found a wilt, similar to bacterial wilt in dry bean, to be most common. (Photos by Bob Harveson)

Cowpea Bacterial Wilt ― An Old Disease in a New Crop

October 9, 2018
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.

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