Profitability of Dry Beans vs Soybeans

There are producers in Ontario who grow dry edible beans every year. Others may only grow dry beans when prices are strong and they fit into the crop rotation. It makes sense to be selective about where and when to grow dry beans, because they can be higher risk than soybeans. What is the profit […]

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SCN Survey of Dry Bean Fields in Perth and Oxford Counties

Background Although named for its affliction on soybean plants, soybean cyst nematode (SCN) can cause comparable damage to dry edible bean crops, and can adversely affect yields and economic benefit, as well as the future use of Ontario’s current dry bean-producing land. Poor yields associated with SCN infestation can be exacerbated by other environmental factors […]

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Dry Edible Bean Planting Dates

For many farmers the spring workload is being compressed and planting delayed because of wet weather. Luckily the window for dry bean planting is not closing yet, and hopefully we do not have soggy fields through the beginning of June.  When deciding on a planting date for edible beans, the first concern is frost. Spring […]

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The Race Against Anthracnose

photo of edible beans in the field, green pods have anthracnose lesions

Co-authored with Chris Gillard, University of Guelph- Ridgetown Campus The 2016 season was relatively dry, and one thing edible bean growers did not have to contend with was anthracnose. In Ontario we have not seen a significant infestation of anthracnose since 2010. Can we continue to keep anthracnose at bay into the future?  History of […]

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