The Processors and Growers Research Organisation (PGRO) will be conducting an online launch for its Descriptive List for peas and beans to encourage growers to attend.

In a change to previous years, the findings from the variety trials will be revealed during a webinar at 10.30am on 27 November.

The event is open to anyone who wishes to attend the presentation, which will be followed by an opportunity to ask questions about the results. This is a move away from the traditional launch format which mainly attracted the media and variety breeders.

Pea and bean performance

The webinar, led by PGRO’s principal technical officer Dr Chris Judge, will review how pea and bean varieties have performed in trials carried out over three to five years. It will look at the new varieties joining both the list for combining peas and beans, as well as vining peas.

PGRO chief executive Roger Vickers says the lists are an important tool for growers to use when deciding which variety suits their system and the market they are aiming to supply.

“Our trials work is fully independent and the results presented are robust, based on a five year rolling data set. By changing the format, I’m hopeful that many growers will attend, as well as the breeders and press who have traditionally joined the in-person event,” says Roger.

“The online space allows us to host more people and makes it better for us to answer any questions that attendees may have about this year’s list.”

Register to attend

Registration for the event is open now can be accessed here.

A video of the event will be made available on 28 November and growers are welcome to visit the PGRO stand at CropTec at Stoneleigh Park on 29 and 30 November.