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Pulses (i.e. Peas, Beans, Lupins) have traditionally been a small crop area in Ireland (typically less than 5,000ha). However, the recent introduction of the coupled Protein Crop Aid Scheme has renewed interest in growing leguminous crops and in 2015 the area sown to such crops rose to almost 11,000 hectares.

Field Beans (vicia faba) make up 90% of the total pulse area drilled, with the vast majority of this area (95%) being sown to spring type varieties. Beans generally do very well in most seasons in Ireland, especially on heavier soils, where target yields of 6.0 - 6.5 t/ha can be easily achieved on a consistent basis. However, Goldcrop have observed in recent years that yields of up to 7.5 – 8.0t/ha are also possible with good agronomic practices and favourable weather, with some trial sites in 2015 delivering close to 10t/ha with such conditions. Best advice is that the crop should be grown in rotation no closer than 1 year in 6. Beans are high in protein (approx 28% CP) and are mostly used in animal feeds (coarse & cubed), and there is an expanding export opportunity for the supply of high quality beans to the North African market for human consumption.

Peas (pisum sativum) are a small crop in Ireland, with an annual area sown of approx 800 – 1,000 ha. Peas are used primarily as a high protein source in high value animal feeds (e.g. calf rations), although there is a small production of marrowfat peas also produced in the Kildare area for human consumption. The most commonly grown feed varieties are the large blue types which generally yield best and have the best standing power in the field at harvest.




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