A poor start to the spring sowing campaign has prolonged the establishment of pea and bean crops throughout the country. But while yield may be compromised by later sowing there is opportunity to grow high quality, high value pulses this season, according to PGRO.
Roger Vickers, PGRO chief executive says: “Whilst sowing beans beyond the latter half of April may start to impact yield potential, the good news is that the chances of bruchid beetle damage is also reduced, increasing the opportunity for reaching human consumption export premiums.”
According to Mr Vickers, the area of spring peas is set to drop by around 25 per cent and the area of spring beans by 10 per cent this season. This, combined with a potential yield decrease, is likely to enhance the new crop value.
He says: “The outlook for new crop pulses is considered to be good. Beans are being well supported by the feed users and the human consumption market will be hungry for the new crop. New crop peas of good quality and colour retention will once again be in strong demand as there is no carry over from the 2017 harvest. Quality is always the key for export premiums.”