The 2015 Dry Bean Field Tour, scheduled for Aug. 18, will be an opportunity to view the latest bean research going on at the University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center.
Greg Ibach, director of the Nebraska Department of Agriculture, is scheduled to be at this year’s field day to address growers.
The tour will start with coffee, doughnuts and registration at 9 a.m. at the UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center.
A listening session from 9:30 until 10 a.m. will focus on concerns over markets for Great Northern beans. It will be moderated by Ibach; Dean Keener, President, Nebraska Dry Bean Growers Association; Jack Whittier, UNL Director of Research and Extension for the Panhandle; and Courtney Schuler, President, Nebraska Dry Bean Commission.
Tours of the research plots leave at 10 a.m. After the tour, a noon meal will be served at the Panhandle Center.
The Field Tour is co-sponsored by the Nebraska Dry Bean Growers’ Association and the University of Nebraska. Tour stops will include the following topics and presenters:
- Irrigation and Residue Management in Beans and introduction of Dr. Amir Haghverdi, new Irrigation Specialist at Panhandle Station, Dave Reichert, Research Technician.
- Using Beneficial Insects to Manage Western Bean Cutworms, Jeff Bradshaw, Entomologist.
- Copper Alternative Products for Management of Bacterial Diseases, Bob Harveson, Plant Pathologist.
- What’s New in Dry Bean Varieties, Jim Schild, Extension Educator
- Dry Bean Breeding Update, Carlos Urrea, Dry Bean Breeding Specialist.
- Drone demonstration, Simplot