Pick up know-how for tackling diseases, pests and weeds.
Farm bill, farm marketing, agribusiness webinars, & farm policy.
Find tactics for healthy livestock and sound forages.
Scheduling and methods of irrigation.
Explore our Extension locations around the state.
Commercial row crop production in Arkansas.
Agriculture weed management resources.
Use virtual and real tools to improve critical calculations for farms and ranches.
Learn to ID forages and more.
Explore our research locations around the state.
Get the latest research results from our county agents.
Our programs include aquaculture, diagnostics, and energy conservation.
Keep our food, fiber and fuel supplies safe from disaster.
Private, Commercial & Non-commercial training and education.
Specialty crops including turfgrass, vegetables, fruits, and ornamentals.
Find educational resources and get youth engaged in agriculture.
Gaining garden smarts and sharing skills.
Timely tips for the Arkansas home gardener.
Creating beauty in and around the home.
Maintenance calendar, and best practices.
Coaxing the best produce from asparagus to zucchini.
What’s wrong with my plants? The clinic can help.
Featured trees, vines, shrubs and flowers.
Ask our experts plant, animal, or insect questions.
Enjoying the sweet fruits of your labor.
Herbs, native plants, & reference desk QA.
Growing together from youth to maturity.
Crapemyrtles, hydrangeas, hort glossary, and weed ID databases.
Get beekeeping, honey production, and class information.
Grow a pollinator-friendly garden.
Schedule these timely events on your gardening calendar.
Equipping individuals to lead organizations, communities, and regions.
Guiding communities and regions toward vibrant and sustainable futures.
Guiding entrepreneurs from concept to profit.
Position your business to compete for government contracts.
Find trends, opportunities and impacts.
Providing unbiased information to enable educated votes on critical issues.
Increase your knowledge of public issues & get involved.
Research-based connection to government and policy issues.
Support Arkansas local food initiatives.
Read about our efforts.
Preparing for and recovering from disasters.
Licensing for forestry and wildlife professionals.
Preserving water quality and quantity.
Cleaner air for healthier living.
Firewood & bioenergy resources.
Managing a complex forest ecosystem.
Read about nature across Arkansas and the U.S.
Learn to manage wildlife on your land.
Soil quality and its use here in Arkansas.
Learn to ID unwanted plant and animal visitors.
Timely updates from our specialists.
Eating right and staying healthy.
Ensuring safe meals.
Take charge of your well-being.
Cooking with Arkansas foods.
Making the most of your money.
Making sound choices for families and ourselves.
Nurturing our future.
Get tips for food, fitness, finance, and more!
Understanding aging and its effects.
Giving back to the community.
Managing safely when disaster strikes.
Listen to our latest episode!
June 1, 2016
I have a large planting of Kentucky Wonder pole beans that have huge vines and absolutely
no flowers or beans. They get plenty of sunlight. What can I do to encourage flowers--should
I use more fertilizer or water more? I enriched the soil well with compost at planting,
and have fertilized twice. All of my other plants are doing great.
You have probably created too rich an environment for your beans. They are so busy
growing they simply haven’t slowed down enough to set fruit. No more fertilization
needs to be done, or you will make the problem worse--especially with nitrogen. Try
topping the vines back, and cutting back on your watering. What you want to do is
stress them so they will stop growing and start producing. Beans are low nitrogen
users and if over fertilized will not produce well.
Can you identify the attached picture? The bean it produces is over 12 inches in length.
Is it edible?
It is a Jack bean, Canavalia ensiformis. It does produce large beans which are edible, but if you were to compare it to other
beans, the quality is not very good. It is an old plant that often self-seeds around
old home sites. It is related to kudzu and was often used as an ornamental because
of it’s pretty purple flowers and fast growth. It is not invasive like kudzu, but
is a tough plant.
I was given a beautiful bean called "Anasazi", a dark brown and white speckled bean,
which when cooked looks like a light pinto bean, but very flavorful. My question is...can
I raise them? I am going to plant some and see if they germinate. Any info you can
give me, will be deeply appreciated.
The anasazi bean is a dry bean that historically was grown by the Anasazi's of the
4 corner's region of the southwest. It is reported to be an ancient cultivar dating
back more than 2500 years. In the present, the name Anasazi is held as a registered
trademark by Adobe Milling Co., Dove Creek, CO, and beans with this seed coat pattern
cannot be sold under the name Anasazi unless authorized by Adobe Milling. But there
are many other cultivars with similar maroon and white spotted seed coat patterns
and properties. These are: Jacob's Cattle, Trout bean, Cave bean to name a few. These
are usually harvested as dry beans and this is the difficulty in growing them in Arkansas.
You can grow them here, but not with the success that they have in Colorado where
most are grown commercially. I would plant them as you would plant green beans or
snap beans but space the plants out to about 2 plants per row foot. Beans do not respond
to heavy nitrogen fertilization, but need adequate amounts of P and K. Soil pH needs
to be 6 or above. They can have all the same pests and disease as green beans, so
monitor for problems. It may take as long as 90 or more days to go to dry seed. You
may wish to harvest the pods and shell out the seed and lay them out in your house
to dry further. Seed will store until the next year if kept below 50 % relative humidity,
and 50 degrees Fahrenheit.