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Applied dry bean nitrogen management

Although dry bean is a legume, it does not provide sufficient nitrogen through nitrogen-fixation for high yielding crops. AS a result, dry bean growers typically apply nitrogen fertilizer to promote yield and suppress disease complexes such as root rot. Nitrogen fertilizer recommendations for Ontario dry bean production are to apply up to 100 kg N ha-1 before planting, however these recommendations do not factor in existing soil nitrogen levels, soil type, previous crop (forage), manure use or dry bean market class being grown. This research project will address these shortcomings and provide growers with information to improve their nutrient management plans and farm energy budgets.

A key aspect of this research is that the sites are located at growers’ farms. In-field studies will ensure the transfer of knowledge and technology to leading edge growers, which in turn will promote the trickle-down effect to other growers. Yearly technical reports will be provided for the benefit of the entire industry.


Theme: Genetic Improvement
Project Title: Applied dry bean nitrogen management
Funding partners: Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers, Ontario Bean Growers and Agriculture and Agri‐Food Canada
Research Team: Chris Gillard – University of Guelph



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