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The Processors and Growers Research Organisation (PGRO) will welcome farmers, agronomists and other industry stakeholders to its open days again this summer, with two dates set for June.

Vining pea growers are invited to Nocton in Lincolnshire on 19 June, while those interested in the latest research into winter and spring beans, or combining peas, can attend the PGRO’s trials site 20 miles west, in Stubton, on 27 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,” says 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 vining pea open day will showcase variety trials which are being grown for evaluation on the PGRO Descriptive List. There will also be an opportunity to examine the effects of downy mildew on the varieties.

Pea and bean growers attending the Stubton trials site a week later have even more to see.

As well as the Descriptive List and National List trials, the PGRO will be showcasing its work which looks at the challenges around growing, protecting and harvesting intercrops of winter beans and winter wheat, beans and oats, and vining peas and oats.

There will also be the opportunity to see trials involving lentils. Since 2020, the PGRO has been growing lentils to establish the viability of production in the UK and identify varieties of interest.

Other trials of interest include mechanical harrowing in combining peas as a tool to reduce herbicide use, and the use of biostimulants when establishing the crop.

Experts in pulse diseases and crop pests will also be showcasing their work.

“It’s an exciting time for pulse growers across the UK,” Roger 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. The Stubton site’s What3Words is ///gear.reddish.rejoined and the Nocton site is ///gobbling.orchestra.grudging. Visitors are welcome from 9am.

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