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Jan 22

The Extension Connection Column by Jeff Stachler

Winter Meeting Season and 2020 NDSU Dry Bean Variety Trial Data Now Available

Hello!!  I hope all is well!

We are approaching meeting season.  Please mark your calendars for some upcoming Winter meetings!  We have commodity organization elections this year for barley (District 2) and wheat (District 5) for Griggs County.  Please participate in these elections!  The elections will be held virtually using Zoom and there will be a production management panel discussion before the election.  The District 2 barley meeting will be held on February 19, 2021 starting at 9:00 AM with the panel discussion with elections immediately following the meeting at 10:00 AM.  The District 5 wheat meeting will be held on February 23, 2021, also starting at 9:00 AM with the panel discussion and elections immediately following the meeting at 10:00 AM.  You will need to register for the meetings and elections in advance.  I will publicize the registration links once they are available.  Again, please participate in these meetings and elections!

I have set my pesticide training meetings for this winter.  I will have two meeting options, one on February 23, 2021 from 12:30 to 4:00 PM and again on March 18, 2021 from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM.  Both meetings will take place in person at the Hannaford Community Center in the gymnasium.  If you do not want to participate in person, the March 18th meeting will also be broadcast over Zoom.  The maximum attendance at a single meeting will be 40 people, so you will need to preregister so we can keep to that number.  I would prefer you to preregister online to make things easier for all of us, but you may also preregister in advance by calling the office and sending in or dropping off your payments for the training.  I will have the web address available as soon as possible so you know how to register electronically.

The two closest dry bean variety trials to Griggs County in 2020 were located near Hatton and Carrington, ND.  We have the 2020 Dry Bean Variety Trial Results and Selection Guide publication in the extension office along with the Dry Bean Production Guides.  If you are interested in the results, but do not want the hard copy, then you may visit the following web site at  https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/varietytrials/dry-bean 

The highest yielding dry bean variety at the Hatton location was La Paz at 3,409 pounds per acre.  This variety has a days to flower of 58, days to maturity of 94, and a 100 seed weight of 35.3 grams.  Other varieties yielding statistically similar to La Paz included Gleam at 3,346 pounds per acre, Cowboy at 3,299 pounds per acre, Sinaloa at 3,007 pounds per acre, Lariat at 2,993 pounds per acre, Windbreaker at 2,901 pounds per acre, SV6139GR at 2,735 pounds per acre, Othello at 2,685 pounds per acre, GTS-904 at 2,560 pounds per acre, and Monterrey at 2,537 pounds per acre.  

The highest yielding dry bean variety in the dryland trial at the Carrington location was Torreon at 2,747 pounds per acre.  This variety has a maturity of 86 days after planting, a growth habit of 6, and a 100 seed weight of 37.2 grams.  Other varieties yielding statistically similar to Torreon was La Paz at 2,620 pounds per acre, ND Pegasus at 2,608 pounds per acre, Vibrant at 2,598, Cowboy at 2,512, and Lariat at 2,494 pounds per acre.  The highest yielding variety for a three-year period was La Paz at 2,379 pounds per acre followed by Windbreaker at 2,366 pounds per acre.

When selecting a high-yielding and good-quality variety, use data that summarizes several years and locations.  Choose a high-quality variety that, on average, performs the best at multiple locations near your farm during several years.

Have a great day!

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