With the persistent wet weather over most regions in recent weeks many growers have delayed the sowing of spring crops including pulses.
Concern is now being expressed in some quarters regarding the date of sowing, particularly in relation to spring beans.
The main period for sowing spring beans is normally early March early April. Later sowings are generally less favoured due to the normally increased risk of the lack of moisture at establishment, says the PGRO.
Those who have been delaying sowing are unlikely to suffer this situation, with good soil moisture content likely to be present at and immediately below seeding depth for the crucial establishment period.This means that it is less likely that there will be a yield penalty in 2016from a slightly later than normal sowing.
Note that recent applied research from the Optibean project has shown that when in a later drilling situation, increasing the seed rate in an attempt to compensate should be avoided. It has been clearly shown that with a later startt his is mostly detrimental, with increased inter-plant competition in the main pod set period detracting from final yield.
The message from PGRO at this time remains to hold nerve through the current wet weather and take the first opportunity to sow when soil conditions for drilling are favourable.