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2004 North Dakota bean variety trial results
April 14, 2005

Which varieties performed best in last year's cool summer?

The North Dakota dry bean variety trials can give you some clues.

2004 Weather summary

May -- Up to a foot of snow fell over most of the north May 11-13. Three to five inches of rain feel in the east during the last half of May, causing some local flooding.

June -- Cool temperatures persisted. Lows were in 40s and 50s and highs in the 60s and 70. On June 18, temperatures at several west-central and southwest locations reached the low to mid-30s, resulting in widespread frost.

July -- Relatively cool weather continued throughout July. Lows were  4-7 degrees below normal throughout most of the state.

August -- Concern that dry beans would not reach maturity was widespread. Temperatures were 6 to 11 degrees below normal. On August 19-20 minimum temperatures fell into the low 30s nearly everywhere in the state.

September -- During the last three weeks of the month, temperatures climbed into the 70s, 80s and at times even a few 90s. Minimum temperatures were 2-8 degrees above normal. Most of the state remained dry. 

October -- Killing frost in the low 20s occurred during the first few days of the month.

To review the 2004 North Dakota dry bean variety trial results click onto:

2004 Pinto Bean Variety - Williston, N.D.

2004 Navy and Black Bean Variety - Williston, N.D.

2004 Dry Edible Bean Variety Trial - Minot, N.D

2004 Dry Edible Bean Variety Trial - Wells County, N.D.

2004 Dry Edible Bean - Irrigated - Carrington, N.D

2004 Dry Edible Bean - Dryland - Carrington, N.D.

2004 Dry Bean - Cavalier, N.D. - Pembina County

2004 Navy Variety Trial Forest River, ND

2004 Pinto Variety Trial Forest River, N.D.

2004 Miscellaneous Bean Variety Trial - Park Rapids, MN

2004 Miscellaneous Variety Trial - Perham, MN

2004 Pinto Variety Trial - Prosper, ND


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