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Ontario Bean Growers makes five year research investment

Ontario Bean Growers (OBG) has invested nearly $1.4 million, over the next 5 years, into bean research projects that seek to improve productivity and reduce threats to pulse crop production, as well as one project that is collecting evidence for a health claim.

2020 Western Bean Cutworm Guidelines for Ontario Dry Beans

Information provided by: Tracey Baute and Meghan Moran, OMAFRA and Chris Gillard, University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus

Western bean cutworm (WBC) has become the primary pest of corn in the Great Lakes region and is reaching that status in dry beans too. WBC damage was found back in 2014 in a few dry beans fields between Thamesville and Strathroy and has now expanded to most of the dry bean growing regions here.

Western Bean Cutworm Scouting and Management in Dry Beans

Tracey Baute, OMAFRA-Ridgetown; Meghan Moran, OMAFRA-Stratford; Chris Gillard, University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus

Native to North America, Western bean cutworm, Striacosta albicosta has been a long-time resident of the western Great Plains region until it began expanding its range eastward in 2000. First detected in Ontario in 2008, it has become established here and has become the primary pest of corn in Ontario. In 2014, WBC damage was found in some dry bean fields in the Thamesville to Strathroy area. Since then, other dry bean growing areas of Ontario have found WBC damage, indicating that it becoming a new emerging pest for this crop.

Canadian Agriculture Partnership Helps Further the Work of Ontario Bean Growers

Since the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership) was launched in the spring, Ontario Bean Growers (OBG) has been successful at leveraging funds for three projects: Yield Response of Dry Beans to Variable Rate Seeding, Innovative Weed Management Strategies for Dry Bean, and Launching a Consumer Brand for Ontario Bean Growers.