January 09, 2004
The Northarvest Bean Growers Association invested $250,472 in dry bean research in 2003. The projects funded and the principal investigators are:
* Dry Bean Improvement for the Northern Plains. Ken Grafton, Department of Plant Sciences, North Dakota State University (NDSU).
* Dry Bean Disease Control Research Program for the Northern Plains 2003. Dr. Luis E. del Rio, Department of Plant Pathology, NDSU.
* Field and Greenhouse Screening of Dry Bean Populations For White Mold Resistant Germplasm. Dr. Jack Rasmussen, Department of Plant Pathology, NDSU.
* Grower Survey of Pest Problems, Pesticide Use and Varieties in 2003. Dr. Carl Bradley, Department of Plant Pathology, NDSU.
* Biotechnology To Produce Low-flatulence Dehydrated Pinto Bean Products. Sam Chang, Department of Cereal Science, NDSU.
* Effect of Nitrogen Fertilization and the Liming of Acid Soils on Kidney Bean Root Rot in Minnesota. James Percich, Department of Plant Pathology, University of Minnesota.
The dry bean growers also granted funds from the North Dakota State Board of Agricultural Research and Education (SBARE) to the following project:
* Dry Bean Improvement for the Northern Plains, Ken Grafton, Department of Plant Sciences, North Dakota State University (NDSU).
The Northarvest Research Committee screens research proposals and makes funding recommendations to the full board. Current committee members are:
Jim Sletten, Northwood, N.D.
Paul Schulz, Washburn, N.D.
Mike Beltz, Hillsboro, N.D.
Mark Dombeck, Perham, Minn.
Mike Beelner, Park Rapids, Minn.
Brian Love, Euclid, Minn.
Mark Myrdal, Edinburg, N.D.
Gary Paur, Gilby, N.D.
Gary Friskop. Wahpeton, N.D.
Kevin Anderson, East Grand Forks, Minn.
Jon Ewy, Deer Creek, Minn.