Agriculture: Dry Beans Pest Management Guidelines


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 Preplant

What should you be doing during this time?

Consider the following when selecting a field:

  • Pest history of field: weeds, diseases, insects, and nematodes
  • Potential insect pests and diseases from surrounding crops and weedy vegetation
  • Soil conditions and water quality
  • Crop rotation

Survey weeds in the crop preceding beans:

  • Record species (example form PDF).
  • Manage weeds within and adjacent to the field before planting.

Select the cultivar. Consider treated seed for fields with a history of:

Calculate nitrogen budget and inoculate seed with appropriate Rhizobium bacteria. (See Production Manuals for more information)

Prepare the field for planting, including laser leveling to correct drainage and runoff problems as needed. (See Production Manuals for more information)

Text Updated: 11/18