Raising the Pulse of the UK Pea and Bean Crop
£30 – £48
Raising the Pulse of the UK Pea and Bean Crop

Raising the Pulse of the UK Pea and Bean Crop

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Rothamsted Research

West Common

Harpenden, United Kingdom

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Peas and beans are rich in protein, gluten free, improve the soil fertility through nitrogen fixing and can break the pest cycle. So why are they not more widely grown?

This is partially because pulses have gained a reputation for being agronomically challenging to grow with unreliable yields.

This Agri-Tech Week event brings together growers and researchers to look at ways of improving consistency in pea and bean crop production.

Through a series of presentations, hands on demonstrations, and breakout group discussions, you’ll be taking a look at the research that can help inform agronomic practice around pulses. You’ll also be probing where the gaps remain in our collective knowledge to achieve consistently high yields for the UK pea and bean crops.

We’ll be hearing from speakers and panelists including:

Pete Berry (ADAS); Becky Ward (PGRO); Pete Ianetta (James Hutton Institute); Peter Riley (Independent Agronomist); Keith Costello (Speacialist Pea Agronomist)

There will be demonstrations from Rothamsted Research, John Innes Centre, and NIAB.

Breakout discussions will include:

a.      Roots and soils are key to legume crops success – is there any new research we can apply now?

b.      Crop development and protection to maximise yield is affected by several factors - what are they and how should they be prioritised by researchers?

c.       What traits should be in the pipeline to improve crop performance and seedling establishment?

d.      How can we build on and further expand existing research to boost yields consistently?

e.      How can agronomic and quality traits be co-developed? What do farmers and processors want?

2 BASIS points will be available to attendees of this event.


12.00 Arrive, registration, lunch and displays

12.45 Welcome and introduction

13.00 What we now know

  • Estimating the Yield Potential of Peas – ADAS
  • Product pipeline needs for a successful crop – Peter Riley, Agronomist
  • Optibean – outcomes and impact and future opportunities – Becky Ward, PGRO
  • Beans4Feed – outcomes and impact and future opportunities – Pete Ianetta, James Hutton Institute
  • Title TBC - Keith Costello, Specialist Pea Agronomist

14.15 Break-out groups

15.15 Tea and exhibits

  • Improving the field bean Vicia faba for feed and food
  • Pulse protection and production
  • The power of genetic variation and pre-breeding in pulses for quality and other traits

15.45 Reconvene, workshop facilitators report back in plenary

16.25 Summing up and closing comments

16.30 Event close and depart

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Please note the fee is non-refundable for cancellation within 5 working days of the event.

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