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Overview of Dry Bean Variety Trial Results and Workshop


The NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center (CREC) has completed harvest of dry bean and soybean research trials and current work is with corn and sunflower. This article will provide an overview of the CREC’s dry bean variety trial results, plus announce a dry bean educational workshop series scheduled in January, 2020.

The CREC’s dry bean dryland and irrigated variety trials tested the performance of 29-30 varieties plus experimental lines among six market classes including pinto, black, navy, great northern, pink and small red. The dryland trial seed yield average was 25.1 cwt/acre and the irrigated trial averaged 34.0 cwt/acre. Other agronomic trial data includes days from planting to physiological maturity, scores for growth habit and direct harvest, seeds/lb and seed weight.

Seed yield (cwt/acre) of six pinto bean varieties averaged over three years at three sites (Carrington dryland and irrigated, and Oakes irrigated) for a total of nine site-years: LaPaz – 33.2, Monterrey – 32.1, Windbreaker – 31.1, Lariat – 30.5, ND Palomino – 30.4 and Stampede – 27.6. Among 17 pinto bean varieties tested in the CREC’s 2019 dryland and irrigated trials, varieties with yield averaging greater than 30.0 cwt/acre include Cowboy, LaPaz, ND Palomino, Radiant, Vibrant and Windbreaker.

Research results for the dry bean variety trials plus many other variety trials are available at the following website:

Dryland bean variety trial at the Carrington Research Extension Center.

A dry bean educational workshop series titled ‘Dry Bean Getting-it-Right’ will be conducted by NDSU Extension on January 30 in Park River and January 31 in Fessenden. Co-sponsor is the Northarvest Bean Growers Association. The workshop’s objective is to provide dry bean growers and crop advisers with NDSU’s newest research and recommendations to enhance the crop’s production and profitability. General subjects include plant establishment, nutrition and protection (disease, weed and insect management), and market update. Workshop details will be publicized when available.


Greg Endres
Extension Agronomy Specialist

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