OBG is proposing a project where researchers test the hardness of the most popular navy bean varieties grown in Ontario over a number of years. Weather data will be tracked over this period of time to determine the effect of weather on bean hardness in individual bean varieties. The first phase of the project will run for three years and, depending on the outcome, could be rolled out as a long term study.
This project will use navy bean cultivar samples harvested from up to seven sites (for example; St. Thomas, Ilderton, Woodstock Research Station, Elora Research station, Blyth, Highbury and Kippen). At each of the locations a Weather Innovations owned weather station will be installed which will track daily weather data such as the amount of precipitation, sunlight hours, temperature, humidity etc.