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Descriptive List goes online to involve more growers

The Processors and Growers Research Organisation (PGRO) is changing the format for its launch of the Descriptive List for peas and beans, to encourage pulse growers to attend.

Winter beans

In a move away from the traditional launch format, PGRO will reveal the results of variety trials during a webinar this month.

The event is open to anyone from the industry who wishes to attend the presentation, which will be followed by an opportunity to ask questions about the results.

The launch has previously tended to attract only media and variety breeders. 

The webinar, led by the PGRO’s principal technical officer Dr Chris Judge, will review how pea and bean varieties have performed in trials carried out over three to five years.

It will look at the new varieties joining both the list for combining peas and beans, as well as vining peas.

PGRO chief executive Roger Vickers said: “The lists are an important tool for growers to use when deciding which variety suits their system, and the market they are aiming to supply.

“Our trials work is fully independent and the results presented are robust, based on a five-year rolling data set. By changing the format, I am hopeful that many growers will attend, as well as the breeders and press who have traditionally joined the in-person event.

“The online space allows us to host more people and makes it better for us to answer any questions that they may have about this year’s list.”

Findings from the variety trials will be revealed during a webinar at 10.30am on 27th November. 

Registration for the event is open now can be accessed here: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_X6sm70cOR8Wixt5cqST8Mw#/registration  

A recording of the event will be made available on 28th November, and growers are welcome to visit the PGRO stand at the CropTec event at Stoneleigh Park on 29th and 30th November for more in-depth discussions about growing pulses.

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