White Mold Resistance
April 14, 2005
The bean industry is getting closer to developing white mold resistant beans. USDA recently announced the release of two pinto germplasm lines that have partial resistance to white mold.
The lines are not good enough to be used commercially themselves, but they can be used in breeding programs to pass on white mold resistance to new commercial varieties. The lines come from crosses between Astec, an upright pinto, and Bunzi, a white mold resistant navy.
USDA ARS, North Dakota Agriculture Experiment Station and Michigan State University developed the lines.
Crop insurance dates
The following are important crop insurance dates for 2005:
All beans except Garbanzo types
Earliest planting date (North Dakota) May 1 or May 5 (depending on county)
Earliest planting date (Minnesota) April 26
Final planning date June 10
Acreage reporting date June 30
Premium billing date Oct. 1
Production reporting date April 29, 2006