Dried Beans in Organic Production Systems


Workshop audio recordings from the 2014 MOSES Organic Farming Conference.


Craig Sheaffer, University of Minnesota
Saturday III – 4 p.m.
Sustainable production of dried field beans provides an opportunity for diversification of organic crop rotations and for providing nutritious food for families and institutions. At the University of Minnesota, we are conducting agronomic research to evaluate rotation effects of heirloom, black, kidney, navy, and pinto beans; and tillage strategies for black and heirloom beans. We are improving the biological dinitrogen fixation of beans by selecting rhizobia that improve the symbiosis with the plant, and are evaluating a diversity of varieties, and selecting heirloom beans for traits such as competitiveness with weeds and unique seed coat characteristics. Our research involves plant breeders, agronomists, marketers, microbiologists, and farmers.