Planting

Planting of dry beans should be conducted after the risk of frost has past. Depending on the production region, dry beans are generally planted around June 1st. Consult the article on Planting Date, or use the search function to find more information related to planting date. 

Using high quality, pedigreed seed from inspected fields is important for early season vigour and reducing the risk of seed-borne disease. Review the Seed Quality article. See a list of Ontario labs offering custom seed germination testing.

The primary source of variety information is GoBeans.ca. Annual performance trial results are posted at GoBeans, as well as variety descriptions. 

Review general information on row width, seeding depth and seeding rate or use the search function to explore other articles on these topics. 

Recent Articles

Multiple row of healthy dry bean plants in a field Row Width January 18, 2021 by Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs - Row widths of 70–75 cm (28–30 in.) are standard for both white and large-seeded coloured beans when the crop will… Read More
Planter going through a field for seeding Seeding Rate January 18, 2021 by Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs - Dry edible bean seed size varies greatly. Check to ensure the planter is calibrated properly to plant the correct number… Read More
Early black bean plant at the second unifoliate stage on a shovel and beside a seed depth tool to show a seeding depth of 1.5 inches for this plant. Seeding Depth January 7, 2021 by Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs - A seeding depth of 4–6 cm (1.5–2.5 in.) is normal, but deeper plantings of up to 9 cm (3.5 in.)… Read More