The Processors and Growers Research Organisation (PGRO) is set to hold two open days this June, welcoming farmers, agronomists and other industry figures.
Vining pea growers are invited to Nocton in Lincolnshire on the 19th of June, while those interested in the latest winter and spring beans, or combing peas, can attend the PGRO trial site in Stubton on the 27th of June.
“The open days are a chance to explore the trials work carried out by the PGRO with the goal of providing growers with more information about producing better pulse crops,” said chief executive Roger Vickers.
“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, and these open days are an excellent opportunity to spend time with our technical team in the field, looking at their work in crops.”
The Nocton site will showcase variety trials being grown for evaluation on the PGRO Descriptive List, as well as provide the opportunity to see the impact of downy mildew on the varieties.
At the Stubton site, growers will be able to see Descriptive and National List trials, as well as the PGRO’s work into growing, protecting and harvesting intercrops of winter beans and wheat, beans and oats, and vining peas and oats.
There are also trials including lentils. Since 2020, the PGRO has been growing lentils to establish the viability of UK production. Other trials will include mechanical harrowing in combining peas, as well as the use of biostimulants.
“It’s an exciting time for pulse growers across the UK,” Mr Vickers said. “There is a greater recognition of the benefits pulses bring to the soil, environment and rotation, but that opportunity should be maximised with applied research helping growers grow better beans and peas.”
Attendance is free and no pre-booking is required. Visitors will be welcome from 9am. For more information go to www.pgro.org