Record breaking peas – visit the Limagrain stand at Cereals this year to find out how to maximise opportunities offered by pulses

We have always been enthusiastic supporters of UK pulses and UK pulse growers, and continue to do all we can to promote and support growers in offering varieties that perform on farm and meet market requirements, says George Hunter, pulses product manager with Limagrain UK.

“The success of this approach can be seen in the varieties that we have on offer in this year’s PGRO Recommended List (RL).” Demonstrating this on farm, last year Tim Lamyman of Worlaby Farms Lincolnshire set a new world record yield for combining peas of 6.47 t/ha, at an average of 15.35% moisture with his 8.23ha crop of LG Stallion, large blue peas.

The last world record for combined peas in Europe was 5.21 t/ha from a crop in Ireland.

Harvested on the 25th August, the crop performed well throughout the season as a result of a planned programme of targeted inputs and attention to detail.

Recommended in 2017 large blue pea, LG Stallion was the field pea variety of choice, selected for its high yield potential.

George Hunter, points out that that the variety has high yield potential, combined with good standing and downy mildew tolerance levels. The variety has a similar maturity to Prophet.

Importantly, large blue peas such as Crackerjack are able to secure premiums for their green colour. This ability to retain coour means that LG Stallion can be sold for micronizing- where the peas are rolled and toasted for animal feed, and for the human consumption market for mushy peas to packets of split peas for use in soups or sauces.

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George Hunter

Pulse and Vining Pea Product Manager

George Hunter is responsible for the product management of pulses in the UK and also the product management and sales of Vining Peas in both foreign and domestic markets. He has been with Limagrain for 9 years working with the arable wholesale team and also acting as the vining pea sales specialist in the UK for the last five years.