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A major revamp has seen the official variety list for pulse growers change from a Recommended List to a Descriptive List. New-look descriptive lists for peas and beans

A major revamp has seen the official variety list for pulse growers change from a Recommended List to a Descriptive List.

The change means information is more in line with modern grower requirements with options showcased to suit a range of systems, says the Processors and Growers Research Organisation (PGRO).

The Descriptive List is based on five-year rolling averages. Adjustments are made where new varieties have not been in trial for five years. The new list was launched on 19 November, with full details at www.pgro.org.

Combining peas

Yellow/white peas: Kameleon topped the yield rankings with 120%, closely followed by Orchestra at 115%. New for 2021 are Kaiman (Senova) and Raider (IAR Agri).

Green/blue peas: New for 2021 are Stroma (LS Plant Breeding), Kiravi (Senova), Greenway and Mikka (IAR Agri). Kactus emerged top of the yield rankings at 112%, followed by Bluetime and Stroma at 111%. Blueman came top for tolerance to downy mildew with a rating of 8. Kactus, Karioka, Mikka, Croft and LG Aviator followed with 7.

Maple peas: Mantara and Rose will return to trials after a period of limited trialling.

Marrowfat: Akooma from LS Plant Breeding is new to the 2021 list with a yield of 97% – 11% higher than Sakura with a very large seed size. Octavia and Banshee continue into year 4 of trials.

Winter beans

Variety choice remains largely unchanged, with Vespa still the top yielding variety at 109%. Vincent and Norton, both from Senova, are new high-yielding additions to the list, subject to confirmed NL status.

Spring beans

Seven varieties were new to the 2021 list. LG Viper and LG Sphinx from Limagrain and Bolivia and Allison from LS Plant Breeding will be added to the electronic versions of the list, subject to confirmed national list status.

Stella, Capri and Daisy from Saaten Union were added to the 2021 list. Stella is the top yielding variety with a yield of 108%, just ahead of highest yielding five-year variety Lynx.

Lynx and Yukon continue to show very good tolerance to downy mildew. Victus and Tiffany have reached five-year status for 2021, yielding 104 and 101% of controls respectively.