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Dry Bean Production Workshop scheduled for Fessenden

Submitted Photo This NDSU photo shows dry bean fertilizer trials.

FESSENDEN – Dry edible bean producers and crop advisers will have an opportunity to learn about North Dakota State University’s current production research and recommendations during NDSU Extension’s Getting-it-Right in Dry Bean Production workshop in Fessenden this month, according to NDSU Agriculture Communication information.

The workshop will be Friday, Jan. 31, from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., in Festival Hall on the Wells Co. Fairgrounds. For more information, contact Lindsay Maddock, NDSU Extension agent in Wells County, at 381-8606 or lindsay.maddock@ndsu.edu.

A workshop will also be held in Park River on Jan. 30.

“Dry bean production challenges include plant establishment and protection, as well as harvesting and marketing a high-quality crop,” said Greg Endres, NDSU Extension cropping systems specialist at the Carrington Research Extension Center. “These educational workshops will help farmers make dry bean production decisions in preparation for and during the 2020 growing season.”

Speakers and hosts include the participating Extension agents and Extension specialists: Endres, Dave Franzen, Extension soil science specialist; Joe Ikley, Extension weed specialist; Hans Kandel, Extension agronomist; Jan Knodel, Extension entomologist; Sam Markell, Extension plant pathologist and Frayne Olson, Extension crops economist.

The workshop topics include:

– Plant establishment factors: market type and variety selection, row spacing, populations, planting date, tillage systems, cover crops, tile drainage and ground rolling.

– Plant protection strategies: disease management including root and stem disease, and white mold (sclerotinia); weed management including Palmer amaranth and narrowleaf hawksbeard, and soil-applied herbicides, insect management

– Plant nutrition, including fertilizer application timing and placement

– Market update

A farmer panel will discuss unique management strategies including reduced-tillage systems, cover crops and harvest management.

The Northarvest Bean Growers Association is a partner with NDSU Extension for the Getting-it-Right in Dry Bean Production workshops including providing financial support for refreshments and the noon meal. The association oversees promotion, research and marketing programs funded by dry bean checkoff dollars.

The event is free of charge. Preregistration is not necessary. Continuing education credits will be available for Certified Crop Advisers.

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