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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


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