Pulse Agronomy Guide

Introduction

To grow pulses successfully growers and their advisors need access to sound information and expert agronomic advice. The PGRO levy-funded Recommended List remains a core tool for those of us involved in growing pulses and Frontier is proud to support it.

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As always, Frontier is pleased to support this valuable publication for growers and advisors.

The change this year from a ‘Recommended List’ to a ‘Descriptive List’ is welcome and has led to the inclusion of a wider range of variety choice for growers who want to include pulses in their rotation.

We are still seeing growth in interest in pulses both from growers and the markets. This is driven by the agronomic, economic and environmental benefits that pulses provide.

We’re also excited that the supply chain is responding to this increased demand and we have new crop protection products on the horizon that should provide superior disease and weed control options for pulse growers in future.

It’s no secret that crop 2020 was challenging weather-wise and pulse growers did not escape its woes. Near impossible winter planting conditions led to a large area of late drilled spring beans, followed by hot, dry summer spells. This resulted in some low yielding and poor quality pulse crops especially in the south. However, values remained strong and demand for beans for aquaculture feed returned due to high prices of other raw materials.

The market outlook for 2021 is very positive with rising interest in the use of domestically grown sustainable protein for use in animal feed. New crop values look attractive when compared to late 2019 and any negative Brexit impact is likely to be minimal to pulse markets; there are no tariffs for beans trading to Egypt and only minimal levels for exports to the EU.

As always, here’s to the season ahead; may it be an agronomic and economic success for pulse growers who use this guide to help make rotational decisions.

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Mark Aitchison
Managing Director, Frontier Agriculture   

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