Two new exciting spring beans from leading pulse breeder LSPB offering excellent yields and good market premiums have been promoted to the 2013 PGRO Recommended List.
Fanfare and Vertigo, both in their first year of provisional recommendation, are setting new benchmarks in term of yield, says LSPB managing director Theo Labuda.
"Fanfare scores 110 for yield, six points above current market leader Fuego. It also has good standing ability and Fuego-like earliness,' he points out.
Fanfare also promises excellent marketability once it is commercially launched in spring 2014, having scooped this year's BEPA award as the best human consumption bean.
The winning sample was entered by Ely-based Ebbage Seeds and grown by PC Tinsley Ltd near Spalding. "We were delighted with this BEPA award,' says Ebbage's Tom Nickerson. "It reflects Fanfare's potential as a real growers' variety that will not just secure great yields but valuable export premiums too.'
Fanfare will be released to the trade for further multiplication this spring.
Following hot on its heels is the aptly named Vertigo, which also begins its first year of provisional recommendation on the PGRO list. The variety scores 114 for yield, a full 10 points ahead of Fuego.
In terms of seed availability the variety is a year behind Fanfare. Commercial seed multiplication will begin in 2014 and C2 supplies should be widely available in 2015.
"Judging by its current performance this is a variety that growers will be looking forward to growing,' says Mr Labuda. "It has a bold seed, and as far as the export trade is concerned it could well be the new standard in a couple of years' time.'
Simon Kightley of NIAB TAG describes Fanfare and Vertigo as breakthrough varieties. "Spring beans have been stuck in a rut for years – these two varieties are bounding along.'
Downy mildew will need watching, Mr Kightley adds. "However, in the current price climate a couple of sprays will be easily justifiable. And they are only one point below Fuego which is the out-and-out market leader.'
Andy Bury, national pulses trader at Frontier Agriculture, has seen samples of Fanfare, which he describes as very encouraging. "Seed size should be fine and colour is spot on. That and its additional yield should mean all available seed will be drilled this spring.'
Vertigo looks even better, with a good bold seed that will have strong appeal, he adds.