Beans Gone Wild: Where We Are Headed in 2024

— Written By Lilly Bunch and last updated by
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Beans Gone Wild is an interactive online tool that catalogs arising soybean issues across North Carolina annually. The issues are summarized in a publicly available, visually appealing, and educational format. Having access to this knowledge can be transformative in informing scouting and subsequent management decisions. Users are able to visit the problem library to view and sort through every issue ever uploaded. Problems can be sorted by month, County, and disorder type. We hope the library function is valuable to new farmers, new Extension Agents, and new Crop Consultants looking for a summary of the issues that emerge in soybean production across the state annually. ,

This tool is fueled by statewide collaboration with the NC State Plant Disease and Insect Clinic, N.C. Cooperative Extension Agents, NC State Extension Specialists, NC Crop Consultants, NC State Extension IT, and Jeff Chandler with the NC Soybean Producers Association. 

In the beta-testing year for this tool (2023) a subset of team members contributed 57 entries from the months of April 2023 to October 2023 that spanned issues from disease, insects, herbicide injury, animal feeding, nutritional, abiotic, and nematodes. By December 2023, there were 726 unique users with 3,854 page views. This tells us that users were visiting the site more than once. 

In order to build upon the momentum of this tool from last year, in 2024 we will expand the collaborative efforts to a broader group of Extension Agents and Crop Consultants to increase entry numbers for soybeans and capture more problems in the field. We are also developing a social media campaign surrounding the tool to increase awareness. Be sure to follow Beans Gone Wild on Instagram and X (formally Twitter) @beansgonewildnc to stay up to date on what issues are trending across the state, fun tips and tricks about the tool, and more! It is important to note that after this second year, we will have the framework to begin planning for expansion of this tool into other crops in North Carolina. There is also an effort funded by the United Soybean Board to develop a similar tool on the national level. 

If you have any suggestions on how we can improve Beans Gone Wild, please contact Lilly Bunch ( who is the NC State Crop and Soil Sciences graduate student that is managing this project.