Pulse production a key theme at a Cereals stand

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A stand at Cereals next month will look to push both the importance of “above and below ground” management

The exhibit, ran by Processors and Growers Research Organisation (PGRO) will show how intercropping and current trials are demonstrating the need for more pulses.

A selection of pea and bean varieties will also be showcased, starting a discussion around  effective approaches to pulse agronomy.

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“Farmers are keen to know more ways to grow pulses, both in the conventional sense and with the new trends, such as intercropping,” says PGRO CEO Roger Vickers.

“The trial plots on show at Cereals this year are a great opportunity to do this and to speak to our staff and tap into their vast wealth of knowledge and research in the sector.

Last year’s event saw the launch of the company’s Nitrogen Climate Smart Project, which looked at displacing imported soya and reducing CO2 emissions from agriculture.

Results from the project will be spoken on at Cereals, giving farmers a chance to see how its tools could be applied to their rotations.

Central to the conversation will be the British On-Farm Innovation Network (BOFIN), which leads farmer engagement and will be present on the PGRO’s stand throughout the show.

Farmers are encouraged to talk to PGRO and BOFIN experts about being carbon baselined, and engaging with the PulsePEP network.

On the first day of Cereals, maximising value from the pulse crop above ground will be the focus, while the second will see BOFIN introduce a “below-ground” theme.

BOFIN founder Tom Allen-Stevens said: “For this four-year NCS Project to have this much engagement in the first year is great. But we need to build on this now and get proper action on the ground,” he says.

“We are already one year in and our energy and focus must now be on delivering what we need to in order for this project to fulfil its potential.”

Cereals registration is still open here.

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