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Bean Briefs
January 12, 2009

1200 Weeds of the 48 States & Adjacent Canada

The American Phytopathological Society Press recently published a new DVD on 1200 weeds of the 48 states and Canada. This DVD is a follow-up to the extremely successful 1,000 Weeds of North America CD published in 2003. As well as the addition 200 species, it contains over 2,000 more images (the total number of images is over 6,200) and a new graphical user interface. For more information and to order online, go to


Heartland Ingredients Closes its doors

Heartland Ingredients, LLC, has closed down its facility in Hillman, MI. Whole dry beans were milled at the gluten-free facility and its products were especially designed and developed for those that are gluten intolerant. It was owned by FarmConnect, a producer-owned organization in northwest Minnesota, with members from Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota Iowa and Illinois and the Michigan Edible Bean Coop and individual investors.


Scientists tie chickpea disease to fungal culprit

The fungus Sclerotinia trifoliorum plagues legume crops worldwide. But chickpeas seem to have escaped its wrath, with the exception of Australias crop. Now, thats no longer the case. During the 2005-06 chickpea growing season in central California, the team observed stem and crown rots reminiscent of Sclerotinia infection. But subtle irregularities in the symptoms led the researchers to believe their prime suspect - S. sclerotiorum, which infects more 400 plant species - had an accomplice, namely S. trifoliorum. S. trifoliorums occurrence on central California chickpeas stems from prior plantings of alfalfa - another legume host - and not an accidental introduction from Australia, the only continent where the fungus has previously been reported on chickpea. Identification of this new chickpea pathogen should aid in improving disease-management practices and developing resistant chickpea cultivars for farmers.


Export Shipments 2007/08

The United States shipped dry beans to 122 nations in 2007/08, with more than two-thirds of those importing nations receiving a greater volume than the previous year. Mexico, Canada, and the United Kingdom remained the top 3 export destinations, accounting for 47 percent of dry bean volume in 2007/08. Exports to the United Kingdom (up 44 percent), Canada (43 percent), and Spain (23 percent) were higher, but shipments decreased to Saudi Arabia (down 77 percent) and Mexico (11 percent), among others.


2009 Wild World of Weeds Workshop

The workshop is open to all, but participants must pre-register so adequate printed material and an accurate lunch count can be made. Research sessions will be held for many crops, including dry beans. Participants will also be able to meet, Greta Gramig, the new NDSU Weed Ecologist. The event will be held at the Ramada Plaza Suites in Fargo, North Dakota. For registration online, go to


New webpage helps producers assess risk

This website allows producers to complete a risk management checklist, identify their enterprises strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats, and explore a wealth of risk management information. The new resource features four modules: Risk management Planning, Better Marketing Planning, New Enterprise Planning, and the Farm Planning Library. It is an aid to farmers and ranchers in focusing on how to protect against downside risks, as well as how best to take advantage of up-side opportunities in the market.  The webpage can be accessed directly at  or from the main RMA website at,

It is also  available under the agricultural links button on North Dakota Department of Agriculture website, www.agdepartmentcom




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