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Research on Dry Bean Row Spacing

Narrower row spacings and higher plant populations are trending in dry bean production. Data from a 2018 dry bean grower survey indicate 39% of black and 44% of navy bean were planted in North Dakota at rates of 110,000 seeds per acre or greater, with the likely goal of establishing at least 100,000 plants per acre. In addition, the survey results record about 70% of black and navy bean in 2018 were planted in row widths ranging from 11 to 25 inches.
 
Based on historic North Dakota work, NDSU recommends an established stand of 90,000 plants per acre for black and navy bean. Research conducted in 1999 to 2000 indicated no seed yield response among black and navy bean planting rates of 90,000, 105,000 and 120,000 pure live seeds (PLS) per acre and a yield increase in one of two years with 7- versus 30-inch row spacings.
 
This publication summarizes NDSU research trials conducted 2014 to 2018 in eastern North Dakota to evaluate potential yield increase of black and navy bean with higher plant populations and narrower rows compared to the traditionally recommended plant density in wide rows. View the research here.

Navy Beans Purchased by USDA

Navy beans have been purchased for use in the USDA Trade Mitigation Food Purchase and Distribution Program, valued at over $3.5 million. View the purchase.

USDA Buys Navy Beans

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service has purchased $4.80 million in dry beans for the Trade Mitigation Food Purchase & Distribution Program. The purchase includes both navy beans and lentils.

View the purchase details here.

Navy Bean Tender

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service is tendering for navy beans for the Trade Mitigation Food Purchase and Distribution Program. Bids are due Wednesday, April 10 by 1:00 p.m. Central Time. View the solicitation here.

Navy Bean Purchase

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service has purchased over $4.39 million in navy beans for the Trade Mitigation Food Purchase & Distribution Program. View the purchase.

Navy Bean Tender

The Agricultural Marketing Service has issued a solicitation for the procurement of navy beans for the Trade Mitigation Food Purchase and Distribution Program. Big are due Wednesday, February 6.

View the solicitation