PGRO are challenging bean growers to produce a 10t/ha (4t/acre) bean crop by 2020 as part of its Bean Yield Challenge.
Roger Vickers, PGRO chief executive says: “As many will remember, a generation ago, the Ten Tonne Club for wheat helped to change the aspirations of the best growers of wheat, and we believe it is now time to do the same for the bean crop.
“The challenge is open to any UK-based grower of a commercial UK-grown spring or winter bean crop and will run annually until crop 2020 or until the first 10t/ha crop is validated - whichever is the sooner.
“The yield challenge winner will be the first grower to achieve a verified yield of 10t/ha or more. The prize will be a four-night tour of France for four guests, including a night in Paris and French pulse research visits.
“We are also awarding a prize trophy annually for the highest verified yield for each crop year. Richard Wainwright, who farms in North Yorkshire, was the 2016 winner of the PGRO Bean Yield Challenge, he then repeated his success by winning again in 2017 with a yield of 7.02t/ha from his Fanfare spring beans.”
The Bean Yield Challenge rules and entry form are available for download from the PGRO website (www.pgro.org). All entries must be submitted electronically and registered by July 31.