Grower Survey of Pest Problems, Pesticide Use, and Varieties in 2005
February 21, 2007
Research Objectives: To identify the major pest problems and management practices involved in dry bean production in the region.
Benefits to North Dakota and Minnesota Dry Bean Growers: This survey helps prioritize research needs and provides data needed for preparation of Section 18 emergency exemption requests for pesticide use.
Research Method: A survey was sent to the dry bean growers in the Northarvest production region. The survey asked questions regarding the 2005 growing season. Responses were then returned to NDSU, where they were compiled and statistically analyzed.
Results: A total of 291 responses were received, which represented approximately 16% of the dry bean acreage planted in the Northarvest region in 2005. According to the survey responses, the worst production problems in 2005 for North Dakota growers were weather-related problems (37%) followed by weeds (24%), and for Minnesota growers were weeds (21%) followed by diseases (19%). ‘Maverick’ (54%) and ‘Buster’ (10%) were the two most popular dry bean cultivars grown in North Dakota, and ‘Montcalm’ (20%) and ‘Red Hawk’ (9%) were the two most popular dry bean cultivars grown in Minnesota.