New agronomy app tool launched by PGRO

“The PGRO Pea & Bean APP is the worthy successor to the Pulse Agronomy Guide,” commented Roger Vickers, PGRO chief executive.  The new APP will provide up to date technical backup as well as the RL variety guides and a new interactive pest and disease reporting tool via smartphone or tablet.”

  • By using the APP users will be able to access Recommended List variety information for combining peas and field beans and the Descriptive List data for vining peas – all adapted for viewing on a small screen.
  • A Pests, Diseases and Deficiencies section shows images of common issues arising in the field together with a written description to aid identification, notes on potential impact, and control strategies.
  • A useful growth stage guide is included together with commonly requested tools for seed rates and weight loss in drying calculations.
  • Brief notes and guidance to sources of information for other pulses and legumes are also provided – and will be expanded in the future.
  • The most innovative feature is the ability to generate your own crop reports. Accessed via the Pests, Diseases and Deficiencies section, the user can take images and write a short report, sending them from the APP by email to others. The report will automatically be sent to the PGRO Plant Clinic where a request for advice can be lodged. Anonymised, the incidence/report will appear marked on a map of the UK on the PGRO web site enabling others to be aware of crop developments around the country.
  • Another significant advantage is that the APP can be updated at any time enabling real-time notifications of updates and changes. This is particularly valuable for services such as the Pea Moth Alert.
  • All of the content will also be available on the PGRO web site in the form of Technical Updates and other publications – including downloadable print-ready Recommended Lists of varieties if required.


Get Our E-Newsletter - breaking news to your in-box once a week
Will be used in accordance with our Privacy Policy

About The Author

Deputy editor of Agronomist and Arable Farmer as well as responsibility for the Agronomist and Arable Farmer and Farm Business websites. After 17 years milking cows on the family farm John started writing about agriculture in 1998 and has since written for a variety of publications and has developed a wide circle of contacts within the industry. When not working John is a season ticket holder at Stoke City and also of late has become a fitness freak, listing cycling, swimming and walking as his exercises of choice.