Spring bean Lynx is set to continue as the widest-grown variety drilled in 2021 – and for a good reason. It has been a mainstay of the PGRO List since 2016 with consistently high yields and excellent agronomic characters – including the highest Downy mildew rating (8), equalled only by its sister variety Yukon.
“We expect Lynx to make up over half of the increased crop area drilled this spring,” says Chris Guest, LSPB’s Managing Director. “This popularity with growers is driven by its consistent year-on-year yield performance over control as evidenced by the PGRO 5 year List data.
“It looks Like Lynx is set to become a classic variety for UK pulse growers as longevity in the market is a feature of pulse varieties. One spring bean has stayed on the list since 2005, however, its yield of 97% of control compared to 106% for Lynx, underlines the varietal yield development breeders have achieved since then.”
Mr Guest added that the only other spring bean to equal the Downy mildew rating of (8) for Lynx is Yukon, which is targeted for growers in the north of England and Scotland, with the highest possible rating of (9) for earliness.
1. Lynx yields as % mean of 4 & 5 year varieties in PGRO RL/NL trials (PGRO Data).
2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 5 year mean
106 102 109 106 102 106