Research

The Colorado Dry Bean Committee promotes Colorado beans and our growers and dealers through supporting research on bean agriculture, nutrition, and more!

2022 Research

In 2022, we are funding several projects, including:

  • Nutrition and outreach: Dr. Henry Thompson and his team will conduct research on the impacts of beans on gut health, incorporating bean flours into products like bread, and investigation into optimized cooking methods for an ideal nutritional profile.
  • Bean variety trials: Sally Jones-Diamond will lead these trials to determine top-performing varieties. Trials will occur in several locations throughout Colorado, working with several farmers.
  • Bean breeding: Dr. Carlos Urrea will work to conduct yield trials, disease screening, and molecular fingerprinting of various pinto lines.
Dr. Mark Brick and Dr. Carlos Urrea examining pinto bean breeding lines at CSU’s Agricultural Research, Development and Education Center (ARDEC) in summer 2021.

2021 Research

In 2021, we funded 3 research projects:

  1. How beans can help prevent cancer, Dr. Henry Thompson, director of CSU’s Cancer Prevention Laboratory
  2. Bean breeding project to review the remaining pinto bean lines from Dr. Brick’s breeding work, Dr. Maria Munoz- Amatriain, in collaboration with Dr. Carlos Urrea, University of Nebraska’s Panhandle Research and Education Center
  3. Pinto bean variety trial in Yuma to determine which varieties perform best in Colorado, Sally Jones-Diamond

Colorado Dry Bean Variety Performance Trials

For a walkthrough of dry bean fields in 2021, watch this video starring Ryan Erickson of Farmer Bean & Seed:

Trial Results

Find more results at Colorado State University’s College of Agricultural Science’s page on dry beans.