Snap Beans

Michigan Snap Beans Industry Research Priorities

Contact Information:

Ben Werling, PhD

West Michigan Vegetable Educator

Michigan State University Extension

210 Johnson St.

Hart, MI 49420

Office: 231-873-2129


1.  Research and education on white mold control

-  Evaluation of, and education about, use of existing fungicides

-  Evaluation of new fungicides

-  Understand impact of cultural practices, including rotation, irrigation and fertilization, on white mold


2.  Better understand and develop control strategies for the root rot complex


3.  Better understand and develop control strategies for bacterial diseases


4.  Develop fertility guidelines that produce high yields while minimizing vegetative growth

-  Investigate response of snap beans to sulfur application

-  Examine response of snap beans to single vs. split fertilizer applications

-  Determine fertility needs of new, higher yielding varieties


5.  Develop IPM strategies for organic green bean producers, including, but not limited to…

-  Weed control strategies including crop rotation, cover cropping, and development and evaluation of more efficient mechanical cultivation tools

-  Control of seedcorn maggot


6.  Research and education on control of problem weeds, including solanaceous weeds, in addition to testing of new herbicides


7.  Develop crop management practices that minimize contamination of harvested beans with corn cobs when beans are rotated with field corn



October 2015