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Spring bean variety LG Raptor continues to produce good yields and moves to a P2 rating at 105% over control. Raptor continues to produce good yields

Spring bean variety LG Raptor continues to produce good yields and moves to a P2 rating at 105% over control.

“Yield is the most important factor for spring beans, and is a major focus in our breeding programme,” says Will Pillinger, of breeders Limagrain UK.

“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.”

Uniformity

This year LG Raptor showed good uniformity throughout the growing season which has translated into a uniform sample. It is fairly early to mature, stands well and offers a good disease package.

The variety is suitable for human consumption, fish feed and animal protein markets so offers a range of marketing opportunities. Limagrain says it expects Raptor to take a big bite into the 2021 spring bean area.

Tolerance

Large blue pea LG Aviator also moves 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. It also offers very high levels of tolerance to downy mildew.

Mr Pillinger says: “It’s early, and has good ratings for standing ability and straw length – making it one of the best agronomic packages of any other provisionally rated varieties.”