Eclipse is a black bean variety released by the North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station (NDAES) in July of 2004. This is the first black bean variety to be released by NDAES. Development of this variety was made possible in part through funds provided by the Northharvest Bean Growers Association. Eclipse was selected from the progeny of the cross 'Tacaragua'/'Nighthawk'/'Navigator'. Tacaragua is a black bean landrace from Mexico which offers some resistance to white mold. Nighthawk is an early maturing variety from the University of Saskatchewan. Navigator is a navy bean variety from Rogers Seed Company which has excellent plant architecture and disease resistance. The intent of this cross was to combine tolerance to white mold with early maturity and erect plant architecture. Eclipse has exhibited a yield potential advantage over 'T-39' and also canned product appearance scores similar to T-39. The upright plant growth of Eclipse, together with excellent lodging resistance, early maturity and synchronous dry down of plant and pods at harvest, may provide a benefit in harvest efficiency for dry bean producers. To help ensure genetic purity, Eclipse black bean will be protected under PVPA Title V and must be sold as a class of certified seed. 

Eclipse Black Bean General Characteristics:

  • High yielding
  • Synchronous dry down
  • Early maturing
  • Type II upright growth habit
  • Excellent lodging resistance
  • Dull black seed coat
  • Dark glossy green leaf
  • Purple flowers
  • Canning quality similar to 'T-39'

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These descriptions are based on historical data and may vary according to cultural practices and weather conditions as well as geographical region. Diseases are constantly adapting, changing the resistance/tolerance of the bean plants and their performance. Kelley Bean Co. Inc. disclaims legal responsibility therefore.