Pea and bean field day to highlight pulses research

Farmers and agronomists are being welcomed to an open day at PGRO’s trial site in Lincolnshire.

field of pulse crops

A variety of trials and demonstrations will be on show at an open day in Stubton, Lincolnshire, on 2nd July.

The Processors and Growers Research Organisation (PGRO) is welcoming farmers, agronomists and other industry stakeholders to come along.

PGRO chief executive Roger Vickers said the goal is to provide the whole industry with more information about producing better pulse crops.

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“We carry out a huge number of trials every year to gain a better understanding of pests and diseases, evaluate varieties, and explore new production techniques.

“This open day is an excellent opportunity to spend time with our technical team in the field, looking at their work in crops.”

What will visitors see?

The open day will showcase trials for the Nitrogen Climate Smart (NCS) Project, which includes intercropping trials among others.

Lentils and chickpeas are also being grown to find out if UK production is viable, and the level of interest.

As well as National List and Descriptive List trials, PGRO will also be showcasing its work with Phaseolus bean multiplication.

Additionally, the site hosts slot trials for herbicide, fungicides and confidential contract work for private companies.

field of pulse crops

SFI advice

Those concerned about the impact of the new Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) options can also ask for advice.

“There are a number of SFI options that are likely to contain legume species and there is significant concern about risks and unknown consequences of the effective potential shortening the pulse and vegetable legume crop rotation,” Roger added.

“We’d be pleased to discuss this in more detail so growers get the best advice before choosing their approach.”

Attendance is free and no pre-booking is required.

To find the Stubton site, use the What3Words  ///redeeming.loads.silks.

The site is open from 10am to 3pm on 2nd July.

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