Agriculture: Dry Beans Pest Management Guidelines

Postharvest

This year-round IPM program covers the major pests of dry bean production fields in California. When available, information is provided for common beans (Phaseolus vulgaris), lima beans (Phaseolus lunatus), garbanzo beans or chickpeas (Cicer arietinum), and black-eyed cowpeas (Vigna unguiculata), hitherto referred to as "blackeyes."

About Postharvest

What should you be doing during this time?

Carry out sanitation practices in the field to reduce the spread of pests, including weeds, diseases, nematodes, and insects.

Consider fall soil sampling for nutrients and nematodes.

For weedy fields, especially those with perennial weeds such as field bindweed and little mallow, apply irrigation followed by contact herbicides.

Plan fallow season, cover crop, or overwintering crop management to reduce runoff and erosion. Deep ripping, if planned, is best done postharvest.

Text Updated: 11/18