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Spring bean LG Raptor continues to produce outstanding yields and has moved to a P2 rating at 105% over control on the latest PGRO... LG Raptor ‘could out-yield market leader’ by next season

Spring bean LG Raptor continues to produce outstanding yields and has moved to a P2 rating at 105% over control on the latest PGRO descriptive list.

“Yield is the most important factor for spring beans, and is a major focus in our breeding programme,” says Limagrain UK pulse breeder Will Pillinger. Raptor showed excellent uniformity last season which translated into a uniform sample, he added.

“The success of this approach can be seen as LG Raptor moves closer to recommendation offering extremely high yield potential that could see it out-yielding the market leader by next season,” says Mr Pillinger.

But high yields need to be backed up by solid agronomics and traits. Mr Pillinger says Raptor achieves this, being fairly early to mature. It also stands well and offers a good disease package including rust.

This combination of traits makes it an enticing variety. LG Raptor is suitable for human consumption, fish feed and animal protein markets so offers a range of different opportunities for growers in 2021/22.

Tom Barker, pulses product manager for Limagrain UK, sums the variety up. LG Raptor’s consistent yields and disease resistance package mean it will be taking a big bite into the spring bean acreage, he says.

Large blue pea LG Aviator has also moved to a P2 rating with a yield rating of 103% over control. It is one of only three varieties listed to offer resistance to powdery mildew – and is rated 7 when it comes to tolerance to downy mildew.

For each node that LG Aviator produces, there are three pods. With more pods at the top of the plant rather than spread through the plant, it makes for more even maturity with less competition for light – helping to build yield.

Agronomically there is much to like about the variety, says Mr Pillinger. “It’s early, and has good ratings for standing ability and straw length (6) – making it one of the best agronomic packages of any other provisionally rated varieties.”