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Bean Variety Trials in Eastern Colorado

The Colorado Dry Bean Committee funds bean variety trials, which provide critical information on the differences in how bean varieties yield, are affected by environmental conditions, and more. On September 1, 2022, we visited the dry bean trial fields in Otis and Kirk, Colorado to see how the plots looked.

Ryan and Don of Farmer Bean & Seed, LLC and Bob, Harvey, and Chelsea with the Colorado Dry Bean Committee

The Colorado State University (CSU) Crops Testing team – Sally Jones-Diamond, Ed Asfeld, and Candace Talbert – worked hard all summer to determine top-performing varieties. Check out this video, where Ryan Erickson and Don Pope of Farmer Bean & Seed, LLC and Sally Jones-Diamond with the CSU Crops Testing team explain what we saw in the field. We also want to thank the growers who allowed us to conduct the field trials on their farms: Todd Frank with TK Farms in Kirk, CO and Darin & Michele Corman of Corman Family Farms in Otis, CO.

We will share results from the trial fields soon.

Cowpeas Trial Fields

Cowpea pods

The CSU Crops Team is also testing cowpeas (also called black eyed peas), which show very encouraging drought and heat tolerance. In this video, Joel Schneekloth and Sally Jones-Diamond share about this year’s cowpea trial at the Akron Research Center, and Ryan Erickson and Don Pope with Farmer Bean & Seed, LLC share from the field at a farm in Otis.

To see trial results from other years, please refer to our Research page.

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