Complete Dry Bean Grower Surveys

The 2019 Dry Bean Grower Survey of Production, Pest Problems and Pesticide Use has been mailed. The survey is a cooperative effort between the Northarvest Bean Growers Association and the NDSU Extension Service and made possible through a grant from Northarvest.

Results from this survey are important and provide dry bean growers and invested stakeholders with information about grower practices in North Dakota and Minnesota. It also helps identify research and pesticide registration priorities. Survey responses are kept completely anonymous. View the 2018 survey results.

Keep Scouting Dry Edible Beans

There is still some late feeding of thistle caterpillars and green cloverworms in dry edible beans and soybeans. According to the NDSU Extension Crop and Pest Report, field reports have come in from the Red River Valley around Fargo, north to St. Thomas, North Dakota and east to Park Rapids, Minnesota. Threshold levels for foliage-feedings caterpillars is 25 to 30 percent defoliation in dry beans and 20 percent defoliation in soybeans.

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Dry Bean Scene

Portions of northeast North Dakota remain dry this growing season, and grasshoppers have been active in those areas. Get the details in the Dry Bean Scene, made possible by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association, UPL, FMC, Central Valley Bean Co-op, SRS Commodities and Johnstown Bean Company.

Dry Bean Scene

Now is the time during the growing season to be scouting for insects in dry beans. So far, reports of potato leaf hopper and grasshoppers are coming in. Get the details from NDSU Extension entomologist Jan Knodel and Rock and Roll Agronomy owner Jason Hanson in this week’s Dry Bean Scene on the Red River Farm Network.

Potential Palmer Findings in North Dakota

New potential cases of Palmer amaranth are being investigated North Dakota. NDSU Extension Weed Scientist Joe Ikley looked at two different fields in the last two weeks, one in Benson County and the other in Nelson County. “I walked fields and found plants that looked like Palmer amaranth. Samples have been collected and sent to the lab to confirm if it’s Palmer,” says Ikley. “We want to confirm before we put an action plan in place because it’s a noxious weed.”

Considering Cover Crops for PP Acres

In the case of prevent plant, cover crops are one option farmers are considering for fields left unplanted. NDSU Extension soil health specialist Abbey Wick is receiving questions from area farmers on the topic. Wick says one benefit is weed control.
“If we can put something out there to compete with weed pressures alone, I think that’s going to be a win. The other thing we can do with a full season cover crop is build some soil structure.” Wick adds another consideration is what crop will be planted next year. “For example, if soybeans will be planted next year you probably don’t need a legume in that mix this year.”
In response, NDSU Extension is hosting a series of Café Talks on the subject matter. The first meetings are in Casselton and Valley City on June 17, with talks to follow on June18 in Gwinner and June 20 in Jamestown. Listen to the interview with Wick.

Hold-Even Extension Budget Prevails in the Senate

An appropriations bill, HB1020, for NDSU Extension the North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station was unanimously passed out of the Senate. Greg Lardy, interim director for NDSU Extension and the ND Ag Experiment Station, says one advancement in the Senate’s version is a hold-even budget.

“That includes nearly a $3 million move forward for the main station and $1.2 million for branch stations,” says Lardy. There is concern about the House’s version, which calls for cuts to the Experiment Station and Research Extension Center Network.

The Senate and House bills now move into conference committee, where three senators and three representatives will be assigned to the committee. Lardy expects work on the bill to begin as early as next week.

Hear more in this interview.

(Source: Red River Farm Network)

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2018 Dry Bean Grower Survey Results

For 29 years, dry bean growers have responded to an annual survey of varieties grown, pest problems, pesticide use and grower practices. Research and Extension faculty at North Dakota State University, along with directors of the Northarvest Bean Growers Association, developed the survey form, which was mailed to all Northarvest bean growers. All participants of the survey were anonymous.

A total of 241 growers responded to the survey, representing 15.2 percent of last year’s total planted acreage. The previous year, 239 growers complete the survey.

More than 32 percent of growers who responded ranked drought as the most significant production problem in 2018. Diseases and harvest were ranked as the next largest production problems. In 2017, water damage was number one on this list and drought was number two.

For the second year in a row, the survey included questions about dicamba drift injury and whether it will affect growers’ future planting intentions. Six growers reported dicamba drift injury on their dry bean acres in 2018, compared to nine the previous year. The six growers affected estimated yield losses of 300 to 2,000 pounds per acre.

As in 2017, the worst weed problems in 2018 were kochia, lambsquarters and ragweed. Basagran/generics and Raptor were the most commonly used herbicides by dry bean growers last year.

Read the full results here.

Dry Bean Scene

For the current marketing year, export sales of dry edible beans into Mexico have been slow. That according to NDSU Extension crops economist Frayne Olson. Hear more in this week’s Dry Bean Scene on the Red River Farm Network, made possible by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.

Dry Bean Scene

According to NDSU Extension crops economist Frayne Olson, the dry bean industry is keeping a close eye on export markets in 2019. Hear more in this week’s Dry Bean Scene on the Red River Farm Network, made possible by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.