Dry Edible Bean Day set for Gering


 SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. – The 2019 Nebraska Dry Edible Bean Day will feature an appearance by the Nebraska Director of Agriculture, as well as presentations from dry bean processors updates on research, and reports from the state commission.

Dry Edible Bean Day is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 12, at the Gering Civic Center, sponsored by the Nebraska Dry Bean Growers Association (NDBGA). Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. After welcome messages from Bean Growers President Paul Pieper, Panhandle Research and Extension Center Director Jack Whittier, and Nebraska Dry Bean Commission Chair Courtney Schuler, the growers’ association annual meeting will start at 1 p.m.

Among other items of business, new NDBGA officers will be elected at the association meeting. Currently, there are two vacancies in District III, which includes the southern Panhandle, and three vacancies in District IV, which includes all of the counties in Nebraska east of the Panhandle. Growers who are interested in being nominated for these vacancies should contact the NDBGA office at 308-633-1387.

Keynote speaker Steve Wellman, Nebraska Director of Agriculture, is scheduled to speak at 1:30 p.m. Cindi Allen, Assistant Nebraska Secretary of State and former member of the Nebraska Dry Bean Commission, will speak after Wellman. Presentations from dry bean processors will follow.

Following a break and opportunity to visit vendors, UNL specialists and educators will present reports on their research programs conducted at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center. They include:

νDry Bean Breeding Specialist Carlos Urrea, Update on Dry Bean Breeding Activities

νEntomologist Jeff Bradshaw, Managing the Western Bean Cutworm Better

ν Water and Irrigation Management Specialist Xin Qiao, Sensor-Based Dry Bean Irrigation Scheduling

νIntegrated Weed Management Specialist Nevin Lawrence, Control of Palmer’s Amaranth and Nightshade

ν Plant Pathologist Bob Harveson, Old Diseases in New Crops

νExtension Educator John Thomas, Results from On-Farm Research

Bean Day concludes with a social hour from 5-6 p.m. Vendors will have booths set up throughout the event.

Bean Day will include a food drive for local food pantries. Each person is asked to bring a bag or can of beans or food item to registration. Each food item or monetary donation is worth a ticket for several grand prize drawings.

More information about Bean Day, including a brochure with a complete schedule and list of vendors, is available at the NDBGA website, www.beangrower.com


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