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NDSU Releases Two Pinto Bean Varieties
January 15, 2008

The North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station at North Dakota University has released two pinto varieties, Stampede and Lariat.

Development of both Lariat and Stampede started in 1996.  Both varieties have upright, short vine with good lodging resistance and exhibits very good uniform dry down of both pods and plants. The improved plant structure, combined with uniform dry down, suggests that these lines may be suitable for direct combining if the appropriate equipment and operator card are used.

Averaged across numerous locations during several years of testing, Stampede out yielded Maverick by more than 11 percent.  Stampedes yield is about equal to Buster and has a slightly larger seed size than maverick. Stampede matures about one day later than Maverick, while Lariat averages 5 days later than Maverick.

Lariat has out-yielded Buster and Maverick by almost 4 percent and 14.5 percent, respectively, across numerous locations. Like Stampede, it has resistance to bean common mosaic virus and local races of leaf rust.

Both varieties include numerous experimental lines from NDSU,
Michigan State University and other breeding programs through out the United States and nursery sites abroad.

Stampede and Lariat were both developed under the supervision of
Ken Grafton, former NDSU dry bean breeder.  A large portion of the funding for dry bean variety development is provided by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.


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