COORDINATION OF PEAS AND BEANS AND THE TIMING OF BROAD BEANS FOR PROCESSING

A.J. Gane, G.P. Gent
The level and fertile soils of Eastern England, with their relatively low annual rainfall of 22–28 in., are particularly well suited to the mechanized production of vegetables such as peas and beans. The fact that vining peas, broad beans and dwarf French beans are all grown in the same areas, often on the same farms and for the same factories, necessitates their efficient integration. Vining peas are sown from late February to early May, broad beans from mid April to early May, and dwarf beans from early May to early June.

This generally gives harvesting-periods of about six weeks for peas, two weeks for broad beans and four weeks for dwarf beans. Such extended sowings are necessary to provide a harvest of adequate duration, although maximum yields are usually obtained from sowings made in more restricted periods. One of the aims of the variety assessment and comparison carried out by the Pea Growing Research Organisation and others, is to find ways of improving production coordination.

Gane, A.J. and Gent, G.P. (1973). COORDINATION OF PEAS AND BEANS AND THE TIMING OF BROAD BEANS FOR PROCESSING. Acta Hortic. 27, 55-60
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.1973.27.5
https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.1973.27.5

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