Vegetable Variety Testing Program
Evaluate yield and horticultural characteristics of beans varieties for the Florida Industry
Nationally, Florida ranks first in production, acreage, and total fresh-market value of snap beans with 37,800 acres. The major production areas are Alachua, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach Counties. The majority of Florida's snap bean crop is produced for the fresh market, with only a small percentage destined for processing. Florida bean growers rely mostly on new varieties to increase yields and quality and to maintain leadership in the U.S. market. Therefore, variety trials may aid these growers on making informed decisions when choosing a variety for the next season. In the fall of 2010, the Vegetable Horticulture Program conducted a bean variety trial that evaluated 13 bean varieties in two locations, Belle Glade and Myakka City, in cooperation with David Sui (Palm Beach County Extension Services), Eugene McAvoy (Hendry County Extension Service), Crystal Snodgrass (Manatee County), and Richard Raid (UF/IFAS). Results based on the 2010 season indicated that yield and color are the most important attributes for Florida bean growers.