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Dry Beans

Dry Beans Dry edible beans are grown almost exclusively in Western NY (such as Genesee, Livingston, Monroe and Wyoming counties) and in Central NY (such as Ontario, Yates, Seneca and Cayuga counties), where soils are deep, fertile and light- to medium-textured. New York produces edible dry beans on up to 16,000 acres for local, regional (east of the Mississippi), export and organic markets. Those beans marketed regionally are either processed into canned product or packaged for the dry pack market. Value of the crop in the state varies but has averaged around $7 million/year recently.

Major types include varieties of black turtle soup and light/dark red kidney beans. Adoption of reduced, zone tillage has been occurring on a number of farms as a time and fuel-savings measure. Insect, disease and weed pests are similar to those seen on snap beans and are managed similarly. Because dry beans must mature on the plant they are out in the field much longer than snap beans, however, so there is more opportunity for diseases such as white mold to develop. Weeds must also be controlled for a much longer period.

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2016 Weed Research in Vegetable Crops, Cornell University

Darcy Telenko, Extension Vegetable Specialist
Cornell Vegetable Program

Last Modified: January 11, 2017
2016 Weed Research in Vegetable Crops, Cornell University

Twelve weed science research plots were established at the Homer C. Thompson Vegetable Research Farm in Freeville and with on-farm collaborators. Research trials included: herbicide evaluation trials in dry bean, snap bean, lima bean, beets, carrots, peas, and sweet corn; a NYFVI support trial in collaboration with Sarah Pethybridge and Julie Kikkert on evaluation of ethofumesate rates for beets; and an industry sponsored evaluation of a new products for potential use in carrot, rosemary, rhubarb, bell pepper and broccoli.

The Magnitude and Distribution of Western Bean Cutworm: The Risk to Dry Bean

Carol MacNeil, Extension Vegetable Specialist
Cornell Vegetable Program

Last Modified: June 13, 2016
The Magnitude and Distribution of Western Bean Cutworm: The Risk to Dry Bean

Western bean cutworm (WBC) is a bean and corn pest of the Western United States which has moved east, first reaching New York in 2009. It has reduced dry bean yield and quality in Michigan in past years. In 2014/15 trace levels of suspected WBC damage was found at three elevators in New York during cleaning of red kidney beans. The beans were from Livingston and Steuben Counties. Moth counts have continued to increase, reaching the threshold of concern in a number of fields in 2015. This is the first year that dry bean pods with WBC feeding damage were seen in the field. Some growers have begun to apply an insecticide just after the time of peak moth emergence.  

2015 Herbicides for Weed Control in Snap and Dry Beans

Julie Kikkert, Team Leader, Extension Vegetable Specialist
Cornell Vegetable Program

Last Modified: April 29, 2016
2015 Herbicides for Weed Control in Snap and Dry Beans

Have you had problem weeds slipping through your snap or dry bean weed control program? Have lambsquarters, ragweed, hairy or Eastern black nightshade, nutsedge, etc, been. escaping? Have you tried any of the newer materials or expanded application timings to try to improve your results? The 2015 update to the Herbicide for Snap and Dry Bean Weed Control chart will help you choose the best herbicide programs for your fields.


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Upcoming Events

CANCELLED: Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) / Harmonized GAPs Farm Food Safety Training

September 26 - September 27, 2017
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Salamanca, NY

This event has been cancelled due to low registration numbers. Farm food safety is common-sense practices organized to assist farmers to improve their skill set to continue to grow safe and healthy food.

Day One of this training will be an educational training on farm food safety principles and practices to provide the background and information for farmers to understand how to minimize the risk of food born disease contamination. Day Two will be for those who want help with writing a farm food safety plan.
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Pickle Variety Twilight Meeting

September 26, 2017
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Ransomville, NY

Vegetable growers are invited to tour an on-farm plot of early generation Cornell downy mildew resistant pickle breeding lines. Dr. Michael Mazourek, Professor of Plant Breeding, and lab members, will be on site to walk growers through the plot and review plant selections. All growers that attend will be an integral part of helping make selections for the next generation of pickle varieties released!
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Season Extension - Stretching Tomato Season and Winter Greens

October 4, 2017
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Allegany, NY

What do you need to do to stretch out your high tunnel tomato season or establish a profitable crop of winter greens? Meeting the full season's nutritional demands of tomatoes under organic management is challenging. Juggling diverse succession crops and keeping the tunnel profitable year round adds an extra level of difficulty. 
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Announcements

Produce Donations for Hurricane Relief

The ENY Commercial Horticulture Program is leading an effort to collect pallets of produce to send down to TX and FL for hurricane relief. Feeding American is handling the transportation. "Hard" crops accepted:
  • apples
  • onions
  • cabbage
  • potatoes
  • winter squash
  • any other crop that withstand no refrigeration for a week
Farms donating product will receive a record of donation. Dates and locations of drop off locations in our region and across the state are provided. 

You must be prepared to contact them in advance with details on what crop you are donating, how many pallets, which location you will be dropping your donation off at, and when they can anticipate your products. For more information on this effort and updates on locations, visit the ENY Commercial Horticulture's event details.


Empire State Producers EXPO Proceedings Available

Proceedings from the Empire State Producers EXPO conference from 2011-2017 are available online.

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