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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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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