Great yields and best ever quality – that's the verdict on Fanfare from farm manager Martin Cook who grew 23ha of the crop for Ebbage Seeds.
Mr Cook, who manages arable and vegetable crops for PC Tinsley Ltd near Spalding in Lincolnshire, said his crop of Fanfare never looked back despite the awful season.
"It got off to a great start – we drilled it into an excellent seed-bed after the dry winter. It got away well and kept going. We sprayed once for downy mildew and followed up with two more fungicides to control rust and chocolate spot. We kept the green leaf going right through the summer.'
The crop was combined in early September, producing a bold sample of the brightest, cleanest beans Mr Cook can remember. "We have yet to send them away but I am confident we achieved 6t/ha.'
Mr Cook is growing the variety for seed again this year. "If I weren't, I would not hesitate to grow Fanfare for the commercial market,' he says.