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Breakthrough spring bean varieties set to change the market

Twospring beans varieties have cemented their reputation as breakthrough varietiesafter taking the top two places on the PGRO Recommended List for the secondyear running.

Fanfareand Vertigo, both from breeder LSPB, have also received the green light fromexporters meaning growers will not only secure top yields but the best prices.


Bothvarieties have been promoted to category P2, the second year of provisionalrecommendation, on the recently released 2014 list. Vertigo tops the list witha score of 109 while Fanfare achieved 105, based on a five-year mean. Fuego,which has corned the market for the past seven seasons, scored 98.


Fanfareis being commercially launched this spring, and LSPB managing director TheoLabuda expects strong demand. Fanfare is likelyto prove popular with growers, given its excellent yield score, good standingability and earliness, he says.


It also provides access to valuable export markets weve heard very favourable reports from Egypt, the key market for UKbeans, and the variety scooped the British Edible Pulses Association award in2012 for the best human consumption bean. Weve plenty of C2 seed available tomeet expected demand.


PaulNickerson of seed wholesaler Ebbage Seeds predicts a big shift in bean sales,starting this spring. The market is changing. Fuegos dominant position is nowover and Fanfare is very much part of managing that change. We believe thisLSPB programme will take a minimum of 50% market share by 2015.


LikeFuego before them, both varieties are set to make a big impact on thepremium-earning human consumption export market. Although Fanfares thousand seedweight of 511 is slightly lower than Fuegos 537 it has impressed overseasbuyers.

We had the Fanfare blind tested against Fuego in Egypt and itcame through with flying colours, says Dave Harrison, of Maidstone, Kent-basedexporter Maviga.

Growersare also impressed. Mark Richardson of Warter Priory Farms, North Yorkshire,says Fanfare delivered unexpectedly good results this harvest. I drilled theFanfare early into a thin, wold field, so I wasnt expecting too much atharvest. However, Fanfare came out with exceptional yields. It was a verystraightforward variety to grow and I was very impressed with how high up thestem the pods were.


Commercial seed multiplication of Vertigo begins inspring 2014 and C2 supplies will be widely available in 2015, says Mr Labuda.Judging by its current performance this is a variety that growers will beordering early.

Vertigois also assured a good future on the export markets. Its TSW of 545 is thehighest of all the coloured flowered spring beans on the RL.

FrontiersAndy Bury says his customers in Egypt were verypleased with the variety. In their view Vertigo beans look to be an excellentreplacement for Fuego, he adds.

One of the few growers who has seen Vertigo is Robert Nickols ofD E Nickols & Son, near Sleaford, who says the crop rooted and yielded verywell. I found the disease resistance to be good, he adds. Also the cropmatured evenly and podded high up the stalk, which helps when combining.Overall Im very pleased with the variety and will definitely grow it again.

*Campus, LSPBs large blue pea has been promoted to P1 on the 2014 RL ofcombining peas. This tall but very stiff variety scores a table-topping yieldof 103, maintaining a similar dominance over two years of National Lists trials. 


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