We continue to develop our portfolio as we invest in plant breeding to bring UK growers, advisers and the seed trade varieties with increased yield - added to improved agronomic characters.
In the 2019 PGRO Pulse Recommended Lists, our spring bean varieties Lynx, Fanfare, Vertigo and Mallory take the top four places for yield - as well as bringing improved resistance to downy mildew.
This year also sees the innovation of a new sub-category for LVC (low vicine/convicine) spring beans with our varieties Victus and Tiffany being the first ever listed. They are distinguished by a high protein and low vicine and convicine content - characters that will help to further develop the UK pulse market with end users. Tiffany and Victus are already both being marketed with premiums on buy back contract for specialist animal feed use.
The large blue peas, Bluetime and Blueman and Bluetooth continue to underpin the PGRO list with Bluetime having the top yield and Blueman the highest rating for downy mildew. They are joined by newly listed Croft with a P1 rating.
While our large blue pea Campus is no longer on the RL, it has a leading position in the marketplace with over 20% of the large blues certified in the UK and an excellent reputation with end users – and is popular with growers due to its standing power and harvestability.
Our fully recommended Marrowfat variety, Aikido, maintains its position as the leading variety in its class.
The AHDB Recommended List for oilseed rape 2019/20 shows that Wembley continues to be one of the stalwarts of the East/West region where its consistently high gross output keeps it in the premier league as fully recommended. Wembley is an early flowering restored hybrid with a high resistance to lodging combined with good stem stiffness at maturity, added to high light leaf spot resistance.
In the clubroot resistant spot for both East/West and North regions, Mentor is still the only fully recommended variety. It is a restored hybrid with a specific recommendation for its resistance to the common strains of clubroot. Mentor has high resistance to lodging and is very stiff-stemmed at maturity.
LSPB’s new clubroot resistant variety Crome now joins Mentor as P1 Recommended and brings a very worthwhile improvement in gross output, as well as sharing Mentor’s high resistance to lodging and its stem stiffness.
Our cereal breeding programme is developing with varieties now starting to progress through private and official trials.
We are proud of our success and our long pedigree in plant breeding of oilseeds, pulses, cereals and forage crops as the UK company of NPZ-Lembke, a privately-owned, plant breeding company with a long track record of bringing successful varieties to UK growers.
Theo Labuda, LSPB Managing Director