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Growers looking to sow pulses this spring are invited to take part in a series of seminars this month – to learn more about optimising the crop in the rotation.

Hosted by the Processors and Growers Research Organisation (PGRO) and Syngenta, the four Pulse Roadshow events are taking place online due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The four webinars will cover four distinct topics. They include different varieties and the market; pest management and IPM strategies for pulses; disease control; and weed control in field beans (see timetable, below).

Speakers include technical experts and researchers from the PGRO and Syngenta, as well as Frontier pulse manager Andy Bury. It follows the online launch of the PGRO’s descriptive list of varieties last autumn.

The new list format replaces the recommended list which had been in existence for more than 35 years, publishing data on how prominent and novel pulse seeds have performed in independent trials.

Technical insight

PGRO chief executive Roger Vickers said the new format replaced a yield-focused system. It provided growers with valuable independent data which encouraged breeding innovation and market development.

“As the role of pulses in rotations has grown and evolved, we feel a descriptive list is much more in line with modern grower requirements and will enable us to showcase a wider range of varieties to suit different systems.”

A challenging season meant lower pulse yields during harvest 2020. But Mr Vickers said he was pleased that the roadshows were going ahead in 2021 and the events would help growers get the best from their crops.

He added: “I’m keen to harness digital platforms to continue to bring growers together and offer knowledge and insight on some of the more technical aspects of growing peas and beans successfully.

“While we can’t meet in person and enjoy a social element to the roadshows, the webinar format gives us new opportunities to reach more growers who can join us from their farms or workplace and I am looking forward to a great turnout this year.”

Syngenta’s Rebecca Stilton said: “Pulse growers will have some new crop protection options for next season. The PGRO and Syngenta roadshows are the ideal way for growers and agronomists to keep up to date with all the latest developments.”

Webinar timetable

18 January: Andy Bury from Frontier Agriculture and PGRO principal technical officer Stephen Belcher will discuss the market for pulses and varieties for the market. Ref: CP00912010.

19 January: Pest management and IPM strategies for pulses with Dr Max Newbert from Syngenta and Dr Becky Howard from the PGRO. Ref: CP00912011.

20 January: Syngenta technical manager Michael Tait and PGRO plant pathjologist Dr Lea Herold will talk about disease control in field beans. Ref: CP00912012.

21 January: Weed control options in peas and beans with PGRO principal technical officer Jim Scrimshaw. CP009012013.

Meetings start at 9am on Zoom on the date indicated. BASIS and NRoSo points will be available for attending – with details to follow after the meetings takes place.

Register at www.syngenta.co.uk/events. Alternatively, email syn.events@syngenta.com with the subject line: ‘PGRO/SYN 2021’ and the ‘CP’ event reference number or call 0800 652 4216.