Dry Beans

Figure 1. Carlos Urrea, dry edible bean breeding specialist (left), and research technician Eduardo Valentin Cruzado tend to the 800 varieties of dry beans taking over the bean greenhouse at the university’s Panhandle Research and Extension Center.
Figure 1. Carlos Urrea, dry edible bean breeding specialist (left), and research technician Eduardo Valentin Cruzado tend to the 800 varieties of dry beans taking over the bean greenhouse at the university’s Panhandle Research and Extension Center.

Dry Edible Bean Breeding Greenhouse — It’s A Jungle In There April 6, 2018

About 800 dry bean varieties, planted in December in individual pots, are growing like crazy – far above the typical height in Panhandle bean fields. Part of a university study of how various foods affect the human gut microbiome, these beans represent the first large-scale genetic analysis of these traits in dry beans.

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Feb. 9 Deadline for NDA Specialty Crop Grants February 2, 2018

Proposals for the 2018 Specialty Crop Block Grant program, administered by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture, should be submitted by Feb. 9. Last year 13 Nebraska projects received a total of $600,000 in funding for research, development, and marketing.

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Harvesting dry edible beans
Figure 1. Harvesting dry edible beans in the Nebraska Panhandle.

2018 Dry Edible Bean Day Feb. 13 at Gering January 29, 2018

Plan to attend the 2018 Nebraska Dry Edible Bean Day to hear a keynote by the new Nebraska Director of Agriculture. Researchers and dry bean reps will also present research updates, recommendations for producers, and reports from the Nebraska Dry Bean Commission.

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Dry beans

2017 Nebraska Dry Edible Bean Trial Results January 11, 2018

Results of the 2017 variety trials for dry edible beans and peas are now available on CropWatch. The trials were conducted by the University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center.

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Pulse crops
Figure 1. Field peas (left) and chick peas are part of the growing pulse crop industry in western Nebraska. Register by Jan. 16 for the Pulse Crops Workshop, Expo or both to engage with industry representatives and growers and learn about the latest research.

January Pulse Crop Programs Offer Two Approaches to Fit Your Needs January 9, 2018

Learn about and engage with the expanding pulse crop industry at two events being held in western Nebraska this month: the Pulse Crops Workshop Jan. 17 at Bridgeport and the Pulse Crops Expo Jan. 18 at Grant. Check the agendas and register for one or both events by Jan. 16.

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Chickpea
Chickpeas, shown here, and dry edible beans will be the focus of three USDA Specialty Crop grants recently awarded to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

USDA Funds Nebraska Research on Chick Peas and Dry Beans October 25, 2017

From growing chickpeas in western Nebraska to reducing pesticide use in apple orchards in Nebraska City, 12 specialty crop projects across the state will receive nearly $600,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. Three of the grants target chickpea and dry bean production and products that could be derived from dry beans.

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Figure 1. Dry bean harvest underway in the Nebraska Panhandle Wednesday, Oct. 18. (Photo by Gary Stone)
Figure 1. Dry bean harvest underway in the Nebraska Panhandle Wednesday, Oct. 18. (Photo by Gary Stone)

Crop Update from the Panhandle October 19, 2017

Recent dry weather opened up dry bean harvest, but slowed sugar beet harvest in the Nebraska Panhandle. Dry bean harvest should be 80%-90% complete by the end of the week.

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Figure 1. A grower using a Picket combine, specifically designed to harvest dry beans, and his regular combine took advantage of favorable conditions Sept. 30 to harvest dry beans in the Nebraska Panhandle. While conditions have generally been wet, this day there was little or no wind, and the dust hung in the air throughout the field. (Photo by Gary Stone)

Precipitation Slows and Complicates Dry Bean Harvest October 6, 2017

Dry bean harvest in the Panhandle is going slow this season. In most years, dry bean harvest is completed by the end of September; however, this year precipitation events over the last several weeks have slowed harvest and have now brought it to a standstill.

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