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Yield Enhancement Network launched for beans

June 4, 2019 by  
Filed under Crops

The PGRO has launched a Yield Enhancement Network (YEN) for beans – providing growers with a benchmarking service to help achieve a perfect crop.

It follows the PGRO’s successful YEN for peas, which has brought together growers, agronomists and other partners, including ADAS, for the past three years. The YEN model looks towards a pea yield of 10t/ha.

PGRO chief executive Roger Vickers said: “We are launching the Bean YEN as part of our continuing objective of striving for a perfect pulse crop and year-on-year consistency.”

With two years of intensive pea crop monitoring to gain understanding of key issues, the opportunity now existed for a wider base of both pea and bean growers to join in the YEN programme and benchmark their own experience with others, said Mr Vickers.

The Pea YEN has been working towards current challenges in the pea growing sector, particularly how to increase average yields of dried peas, ensure consistency of yields, improve the crop quality and ensure attractive gross margins.

A starting point is that the average UK commercial farm produces less than 4t/ha of combinable pea yields, with little increase in over 10 years, while high-yielding farms and trials can achieve in excess of 6t/ha.

The Bean YEN will look at the different challenges and opportunities for growers with field beans. There is more variation in bean row width, for example, as direct drilling on wider rows is common – and this could affect standard plant counts/establishment.

Then there is the pest and disease pressure on beans to measure – including downy mildew, chocolate spot, rust, bruchid beetle and free-living nematodes. More positively, bean yields are in general less variable than for peas.

Interested growers should e-mail ADAS at beanyen@adas.co.uk to receive an entry pack and protocol.

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