The Processors and Grower Research Organisation (PGRO) has added three new varieties of spring beans to its 2023 Descriptive List.
The varieties were absent from the list at its official November Launch whilst breeding companies waited for UK National List status to be granted, but this has now happened meaning growers have even more information on beans to sow this spring. The three varieties – Genius, LG Stego and Futura went through the same PGRO trials at the same time as the other varieties on the list.
Genius, from LS Plant Breeding, is now the top-yielding variety on the list with a yield of 110%. It has the same maturity as Lynx (6) and a good standing ability (8).
LG Stego, from Limagrain, has a yield of 106% – the third highest yield on the Descriptive List. It has an earlier maturity (7) than Genius and Lynx (both 6) and has a similar standing ability to Genius (8)
Futura, from LS Plant Breeding, has a good yield of 106% and is a new low vicine and low convicine variety (LVC) adding an extra LVC option to the list alongside Victus. It has the same maturity as LG Stego (&) and is a tall variety at 111cm with a good standing ability (8).
Dr Christopher Judge, PGRO senior technical officer said: “The Descriptive List is a fantastic tool, giving growers the opportunity to compare different varieties and evaluate which will suit their situation. We’re really pleased with the success of the 2022 trials and the data produced by this year’s Descriptive List is reassuringly consistent.”
The 2023 Descriptive List can be found at www.pgro.org.