There are two additions to the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine (DAFM) 2022 Spring Bean Recommended List.
The varieties are: Caprice and Victus. Both have been provisionally recommended at this stage, after four years of litigation.
Their inclusion in the 2021 Recommended List was not considered due to limited seed availability.
List of spring beans
Victus is the first bean variety claimed to contain low levels of the antinutrient compounds vicin and convicin.
This should make beans more attractive for inclusion in compound feeds for a wider selection of species.
Fully recommended for 2022 are the varieties Lynx and Fanfare.
Lynx is the most productive variety on the recommended list with good protein content. It has very good resistance to steering and lodging. Additionally, the variety has good chocolate stain and mildew resistance, while rust resistance is low.
Fanfare is a good yielding variety with good protein content. It has very good resistance to lodging and lodging, while showing good resistance to chocolate stain, mildew and rust.
Caprice is a good yielding variety with good protein content. It has good steering resistance and excellent lodging resistance. In addition, the variety has good resistance to chocolate, mildew and rust.
Victus comes to market as a good yielding variety with good protein content.
Victus has moderate resistance to turning but is very resistant to lodging. In addition, the variety has good resistance to chocolate stains and mildew. However, rust resistance is poor.
The data produced, courtesy of Variety Trials hosted by DAFM, is based on results from trials treated with fungicides. The exception is information on disease resistance, which uses data from untreated trials.
The control varieties used were Boxer, Fanfare and Lynx in 2019 while Fanfare, Lynx and Victus were used in 2020 and 2021.
The average yield of the control varieties, adjusted to 15% humidity over the period 2019 to 2021, was 6.6 t/ha.
The average crude protein content was 24.7%, expressed as a percentage of dry matter.
A total of 10 varieties have been evaluated in the National Spring Bean List / Recommended List Trial 2021.
These were: Alison; Bingo; Caprice; Fanfare; LG Sphinx; Viper LG; Lynx; Macho; Protein; and Victus.