Paid-for opportunity for farmers to carry out pulse trials

UK pea and bean growers are being invited to become ‘pulse pioneers’ by contributing to a ground-breaking farmer-led research programme.

Ground-breaking research to tackle fusarium basal rot

Amidst growing concerns over the threat posed by fusarium basal rot (FBR), experts from the University of Warwick are embarking on a groundbreaking project, run by the British Onions Producer Agency (BOPA), aimed at saving the crop and revolutionising FBR detection.

Can British-grown ‘baked beans’ fill the break crop gap?

A Lincolnshire grower has successfully grown a crop of Capulet beans, which have been processed as UK-grown baked beans. Farmers Guide investigates what it takes to produce the crop and whether they have a future on British farms.

Inter-row drill investment aids move to more sustainable farming

A Shropshire family farm is making a gradual move to regenerative farming and improved soil health with the help of a Weaving IR (inter-row) drill. David Williams reports.

Taking a fresh look at fodder beet for 2024

Plenty of positives for growers from the UK’s highest yielding forage crop, says Agrovista agronomist Lyndon Harris.

An impressive 11 varieties join the 2024 PGRO Descriptive List

A total of six combining peas, two winter beans and three spring beans have completed the requisite number of years in trials and demonstrated the necessary qualities for inclusion in the PGRO Descriptive List for pulses. Rachel Hicks reports.

Vital onion seed treatment gains emergency authorisation

A collaborative effort to allow a vital seed treatment for 2024 sowing of onions has succeeded.

Looking ahead to spring options

A delayed 2023 harvest, followed by a particularly wet autumn hampered winter drilling, so spring cropping could be the only option for those farmers severely affected.

PGRO DL: 11 new pea and bean varieties added for 2024

The Processors and Growers Research Organisation (PGRO) has added 11 new pea and bean varieties to its 2024 Descriptive List for pulses.

Emergency authorisations granted for maize seed treatments

UK regulators have granted emergency authorisations for three seed treatments for the 2024 maize growing season, after a successful lobbying campaign.

Descriptive List goes online to involve more growers

The Processors and Growers Research Organisation (PGRO) is changing the format for its launch of the Descriptive List for peas and beans, to encourage pulse growers to attend.

Pea and bean varieties bring a touch of genius to 2024 spring cropping options – LSPB

Two spring bean and two combining pea varieties from breeders LS Plant Breeding Ltd (LSPB) head up the 2023 PGRO Descriptive Lists (DL). All varieties bring a set of positive agronomic characters for pulse growers planning their 2024 spring cropping.

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