While native Americans had been eating dry beans for years, dry beans weren't commercially produced in the US until well into the 19th century. With a boost from Civil War military consumption in the 1860s, the industry grew and developed to become the global food supplier it is today. Nebraska ranks first in the nation in production of dry northern beans and fourth in overall dry bean production.
Based on the increase in dry pea acreage throughout western Nebraska, UNL conducted a comprehensive disease survey in 2015 to identify the most prevalent and important disease issues in Nebraska production. The primary problem consistently observed across the region was a bacterial blight complex caused by two distinct, but closely related pathogens: Pseudomonas syringae pv. pisi (Psp) and Pseudomonas syringae pv. syringae (Pss).
Nebraska ranks 1st in the nation in production of great northern beans and 4th in production of all dry edible beans. Read more to learn the impact of pulse crops on western Nebraska's ag economy and their many benefits for human health.
The 2016 Nebraska Dry Edible Bean Day will feature advice for producers, news about health benefits, updates on research, and reports from the state commission and U.S. Dry Bean Council. The event will be Jan. 12 at the Gering Civic Center.