The aim of this project is to test and develop dry bean cultivation methods that can be applied to different soil conditions in Hungary, which can be successfully adapted to other field producers, thus bringing higher returns than conventional grain or oilseed crops. The long-term goal of the project is to reduce the very significant (8-9 thousand tons per year) dry bean imports in Hungary.
At the beginning of the project, the consortium leader research site took samples from farmers with different soil conditions and soil types and then formulated recommendations for cultivation based on the analysis of the samples. Farmers are studying different tillage (conventional, mulch, strip), sowing technology (conventional, precision), and plant protection and nutrient application. The project will be applicable at the level of the entire agricultural sector, as the adaptable technology of bean production will be available to any field grower.