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Job Opening: Dry Bean Research Specialist

The Department of Plant Sciences at North Dakota State University is seeking a research specialist to assist in the dry bean breeding/genetics program.

Candidate is expected to participate in all the field, greenhouse, and laboratory activities involved in a breeding program. This includes the planning, organizing, and conducting of experiments under the supervision of the project leader. Tasks may include (but not limited to) seed and field preparation, planting and maintenance of field trials, and disease evaluations), recording, editing, and data analysis using statistical programs, collaborate with some activities in the DNA laboratory and the canning testing, and assisting the program leader in keeping, preparing, and compiling data and research results.

The candidate is expected to interact and work as part of a team that includes other research specialists, students and interns, growers, plant breeders, and other scientists. Duties will involve all aspects of a breeding/genetics program so the candidate has a holistic approach and learns all the aspects involved in the functioning of a breeding program.

Apply here.

NDSU Greenhouse Renamed

The North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station Research Greenhouse Complex at North Dakota State University (NDSU) has a new name. The greenhouse, which is on the west side of the NDSU campus, now is the Jack Dalrymple Agricultural Research Complex.
 
The complex was constructed using a combination of state dollars and private donations totaling $33.5 million – $28.5 million in appropriated funds and $5 million in donations.
 
This complex, which was dedicated in 2015, is a state-of-the-art facility designed to meet the needs of plant research at NDSU. The building provides facilities for advanced research in plant breeding, genetics, horticulture, entomology, plant pathology, plant nutrition, food safety, food science, soil science and weed science.
 
NDSU is the only university in North Dakota with a greenhouse that houses a research lab, which allows researchers to proactively examine diseases that won’t be here for 20 to 30 years.

Dry Bean Scene

 
There are a number of dry bean variety trials being featured at the Carrington Research Extension Center. North Dakota State University dry bean breeder Dr. Juan Osorno has more  in the latest Dry Bean Scene. This radio update is made possible, in part, by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.
 

Dry Bean Scene

A new black bean variety called ND Twilight is now available from North Dakota State University. This is the second black bean variety released from the NDSU breeding program. The new upright variety matures in approximately 90 days, and also has higher seed yield compared to other black beans varieties grown in the region. Learn more from NDSU dry bean breeder Dr. Juan Osorno in the latest Dry Bean Scene, made possible by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.

Dry Bean Scene

North Dakota State University dry bean breeder Juan Osorno provides an update on breeding trials and a new black bean variety in the latest Dry Bean Scene. This program on the Red River Farm Network is made possible, in part, by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.

NDSU CREC Holds Virtual Row Crop Program

North Dakota State University’s Carrington Research Extension Center (CREC) held its annual row crop program virtually this summer because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Pre-recorded videos are available at https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/CarringtonREC/videos.
 
Topics and NDSU speakers for this year’s program are:
  • Incorporating cover crops into corn – Mike Ostlie, CREC research agronomist
  • Impact of nitrogen fertilizer rates on corn and dollar return in low- and high-yield environments – Jasper Teboh, CREC soil scientist
  • Dry bean breeding program and variety review – Juan Osorno, dry bean breeder
  • Black, navy and pinto bean plant populations and row spacings – Endres
  • Pollinator potential impact on dry beans – Savannah Adams, graduate student
  • Optimizing fungicide spray droplet size for improved management of white mold in dry beans – Michael Wunsch, CREC plant pathologist
  • Soybean cyst nematode considerations for dry beans and soybeans – Sam Markell, Extension plant pathologist
  • Considerations for soybean variety selection – Hans Kandel, Extension agronomist
  • Prospects for managing Sclerotinia head rot in sunflowers – Wunsch
  • Susceptibility of sunflowers to Sclerotinia head rot relative to growth stage – Wunsch

Pinto Beans Respond to Phosphorus Start Fertilizer

Phosphorus-based starter fertilizer can increase pinto bean seed yield. That’s according to Greg Endres, North Dakota State University Extension cropping systems specialist.
 
That finding is the result of nearly a decade of NDSU phosphorus-based starter fertilizer trials conducted at the Carrington Research Extension Center. The trials evaluated pinto bean response primarily with liquid 10-34-0 fertilizer applied using different methods and rates in loam soil generally testing low in phosphorus.
 
Research highlights include:
  • Pinto bean seed yield increased more than 3 hundredweight (cwt) per acre with in-furrow (IF, meaning fertilizer placed directly with seed) -applied 10-34-0 at 2 to 3 gallons per acre (gpa), compared with the untreated check.
  • Yield was similar with IF- and band-applied (2 inches horizontally placed from planted seed) 10-34-0 at 3 to 6 gpa, although the plant population was reduced with IF application.
  • Broadcast or midrow (centered between 22- or 30-inch rows) band-applied 10-34-0 did not increase yield.
  • Yield was similar between low (2.5 to 3 gpa) and high (5 to 6 gpa) rates of IF-applied 10-34-0. The high fertilizer rate reduced the plant population.
  • The plant population and yield were similar between IF-applied 10-34-0 and the low-salt fertilizer 6-24-6.
 
More information about this research is available in NDSU Extension publication “Pinto Bean Response to Phosphorus Starter Fertilizer in East-central North Dakota.”

Dry Bean Scene

North Dakota State University plant pathologist Julie Pasche is taking an integrated approach to dry bean disease management. Listen to more in this week’s Dry Bean Scene on the Red River Farm Network, made possible by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.