New Navy Bean Variety Announced

NDSU Dry Bean Breeder Juan Osorno announced the release of a new navy bean variety called ND Polar during Bean Day. “It’s been about ten years since we released a new navy bean variety; we’re excited to see the sheer economic performance and higher yields.” The foundation seed is available for certified seed producers to grow this year and it will be available commercially in 2023. Osorno says slow darkening pintos, which were released five years ago, is adding value to the marketplace as well. “On top have having a good-looking seed that will retain it’s nice, bright color over time, there are other attributes such as faster cooking time and higher iron viability which is a big deal for developing countries where iron deficiencies are a problem.”