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Pulse crops not only have a positive effect on whole farm rotation, but are being recognised for their contribution to improve soil health.

Combinable Peas and Beans


Marrowfats are the traditional field pea grown for human consumption, for canning or the packet grocery trade. That mushy peas are today a gastro pub favourite bodes well for continuing demand. Expanding market for quality Marrowfat Peas for export to the Far East into snack factories in China, Malaysia and Japan.

UK supplies 80% of world Marrowfat peas with 15% coming from Canada.

Sakura is the highest yielding, quality marrowfat variety with good standing ability. Being a large seeded type with good colour retention, it has good export potential.

Large blues are required for micronising (high protein pet foods) as well as for human consumption for both export and UK packet sales.

Prophet has consistently performed well over past nine years on farm, supplying a quality pea, which covers all markets. Combining high yields, with good standing ability and Downy Mildew resistance.

Campus combines high yield and exceptional standing ability.



Method of establishment and plant populations are crucial to the success of winter beans. The popular technique is to broadcast, followed by shallow ploughing. Allowing for a 15% field loss, the target should be to establish 18 plants/m² in the spring. More commonly if conditions and equipment allow conventional drilling is giving more reliable plant establishment. Sowing depth is critical, minimum 3 inches.

Good samples, subject to  having a pale skin and good seed size, are suited to the North African premium export market where they are used for splitting for Falafel.

Tundra has taken an area from Wizard with its higher yields and good standing ability.


Modern spring varieties are earlier maturing, less prone to indeterminate growth, and deliver higher and more reliable yields. Seed should be sown to establish 50 plants/m², and sown as early as possible (Feb.) to avoid summer drought stress at flowering, and a later harvest.

Vertigo has replaced Fuego having good seed size and exceptional yield.

Lynx with superior standing ability offers an alternative..

All varieties having pale skin and pale hilum would qualify for the premium Middle East Market, but strictly subject to any Bruchid Beetle damage.


Andrew Brown

Tel: 01332 985122