Archive for the ‘Dry bean’ Category

Mexican Bean Beetle in Organic Dry Beans

Friday, September 6th, 2013

-E. Hill

 

The last two years I have seen feeding on the dry beans in my organic production systems study at several sites around Michigan. Last year one site was completely defoliated by the pest by R5 (first full length pod), which resulted in significant yield reductions. This year I have been keeping an eye out for these pests and started to see the larvae at my Alma and Columbiaville sites near the end of July. Populations were not high enough to warrant spraying an organic insecticide and fortunately there were still many healthy leaves left for the rest of the season.

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Here are a few pictures I took of the pest and damage in my plots this year:

Mexican bean beetle damage

Mexican bean beetle damage

Mexican bean beetle larvae feeding on a dry bean leaf

Mexican bean beetle larvae feeding on a dry bean leaf

Mexican bean beetle larvae

Mexican bean beetle larvae

Mexican bean beetle adult

Mexican bean beetle adult

2013 Tour at Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

- E. Hill

 

On August 21, 2013 the Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center held its annual research tour. Presenters from MSU and the USDA showcased some of the ongoing research to address ongoing issues growers face in dry beans, sugar beets, and soybeans.

2013 Weed Tour Photos

Monday, July 15th, 2013

-E. Hill

 

For the first time ever, the annual MSU Weed Tour was delayed due to rain. That did not seem to deter people from coming to check out the latest and greatest research plots at the MSU Agronomy Farm on the new date, Firday, July 12. Below are a few photos from the tour.

 

New video featuring Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center

Monday, January 21st, 2013

-E. Taylor

This new video from AgBioResearch highlights the importance of facilities, like the Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center in Frankenmuth for improving Michigan agriculture. Keep an eye out for some of your favorite weed scientists in the video.

KBS Organic Field Tour

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

-E. Taylor

KBS Organic Field Day Sept 18 2012 (10)

Yesterday the Kellogg Biological Station hosted a tour highlighting the organic research going on at the station. I had the opportunity to show off our study looking at how cover crops influence organic dry beans. For 2012 the KBS location has thus far showed an advantage to having a large rye cover crop by preserving soil moisture. Beans in the rye plots emerged earlier and more uniformly than the other cover crop treatments. Through out the season the beans planted in rye plots were further along in maturity than others and are now drying down, while the other beans are just starting to turn yellow. We will see if the beans planted following rye had a yield advantage in this very dry year when we harvest in about 2 weeks.

Other highlights on the tour were the rye and hairy vetch segregated cover crop study  looking to improve nitrogen availability for sweet corn production (Caroline Lowry and Daniel Brainard), the organic soybean variety trial (Dale Mutch and Dan Rossman), and a study looking at greenhouse gas emissions in conventional and organic rotations (Dean Baas).