Contender is delicious straight from the garden to the table, and also retains great flavor when canning or freezing. What a winner!
Keep soil moist but not soggy, and avoid watering the foliage. Beans produce their own nitrogen, and fertilizer is not needed if planted in rich soil.
Matures in 50 days. Smooth pods are 6-8" in length. For a continuous harvest, sow new plants every 7-14 days up to 50 days before first fall frost.
Tolerates mosaic virus, greasy pod and heat.
Contender was bred by the Southeastern Vegetable Breeding Laboratory, Charleston, South Carolina. It was released in 1949 with the cooperation of the Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida Agricultural Experimental Stations.