The late spring may cap the UK’s 2016 pulse crop area at previous year levels, warns the Processors and Growers Research Organisation (PGRO).
“Last month drilling was proceeding apace. Significantly, however, we were hit by some unseasonal cold and wet conditions, particularly further north and on heavier ground, where many spring sowings were considerably delayed,” comments PGRO chief executive Roger Vickers. “Plans for beans in a small minority of areas were reportedly abandoned. The break in conditions in later April provided some respite and much of the remaining spring drilling was recovered.
“The general trade consensus is with clarity over growers’ options regarding CAP and the catchiness of spring sowing, the UK pulse crop area may be slightly less than in 2015.”
Chris Collings, president of the British Edible Pulse Association, adds that interest in UK pulses for all established markets remains good for the new crop. But there is little current trading, with growers focussing upon getting crops sown and the market awaiting a better view of the likely supply position in the autumn.