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Michelle Leinfelder-Miles
Michelle Leinfelder-Miles
UCCE Farm Advisor
(209) 953-6120


Rachael Long
Rachael Long
UCCE Farm Advisor
Field Crops, Pest Management

(530) 666-8734


Nicholas Clark
Nicholas Clark
Assistant CE AdvisorAdvisor
Agronomic Cropping Systems

(559) 852-2744


California Dry Bean Advisory Board provides funding for much of the research reported on this site. We appreciate their continued support.



Test indicates biocontrol treatments did not control damping off of chickpea, Montana State University, University Communication, 2008.


Common Dry Bean Production in California (PDF)

• Common Dry Bean Production in California Common dry beans include the market classes kidney, cranberry, pink, black, white, yellow, pinto, and red, all of which are different types of a single species (Phaseolus vulgaris) that was originally domesticated several thousand years ago in the areas that are now Mexico and South America. Natural selection and breeding programs lead eventually to the current market classes, which are mainly distinguished by seed size, color, and shape, and plant growth habit. Currently, there are no commercially available genetically modified varieties of P. vulgaris.

Lima Bean Production in California (PDF)

• Lima Bean Production in California Lima beans are a major dry bean crop for California, representing a significant portion of the total dry bean acreage in 2013 (fig. 1). Lima beans are primarily grown for the dried edible white bean in California, although a limited but stable acreage is also for seed production. As with all dry beans, limas are a nutritional and healthy food choice, being an excellent source of protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Lima beans are also an important rotation crop for farmers because the plants fix nitrogen, add biomass to the soil, and require relatively few pesticides.

• Blackeye Bean Production in California Varietal selection, cultural and irrigation practices, pest control, harvest, and marketing information, plus a brief economic history of blackeye beans (blackeye peas) in California. 9 color illustrations. 1996.


Garbanzo Bean (Chickpea) Production in California Garbanzo beans (chickpeas, Cicer arietinum) are an annual extensively for human consumption. In California, garbanzos are mostly grown for the canning industry as a high-end specialty product, including garnishes for salads.

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