Beans are one of the best-suited protein crops for Irish conditions, but they are still far from perfect. They suffer yield variability, there is insufficient variety development, harvest can be late and there is limited agronomic information. These problems continue, even though field beans have relatively high yield potential. In addition, the area sown to beans remains relatively low compared to the national need for protein.

In response to these challenges, Teagasc is seeking the cooperation of bean growers. It wants to find out the main difficulties experienced by growers and to ascertain if grower actions may be causing this yield variability.