Becky Ward, PGRO principal technical officer, gives the latest update on pests and diseases for peas and beans ...
Combining pea desiccation
If you are considering desiccating combining peas with diquat, the correct stage of application is important. Moisture content should be between 40-45% when the crop is turning yellow, bottom pods are parchment-like and the seed is hard. Middle pods should be pitted and crinkled, pods becoming parchment-like with rubbery seeds within. Top pods will still be fleshy and green/yellow. If peas are for human consumption please consult your processor before using any wetter with diquat.
If desiccation takes place too early - when insufficient lignification has taken place - the haulm can collapse, the crop lodges, and yield may be affected.
Intervals between desiccation and harvest will vary depending upon the weather. Following applications of diquat, crops are usually ready for combining 7 – 10 days later. Glyphosate is available pre-harvest to control excessive green weed growth, but work at PGRO has shown it has little desiccant action in peas. Generally at least 7 days should elapse between application and harvest, and average moisture content before application should be below 30%. Pre-harvest glyphosate should not be used on seed crops.
For further information see PGRO Technical Update 150 on PGRO website www.pgro.org.
Spring bean diseases
Rust may be a risk during warm weather whilst night time temperatures fall and humidity is high. If pods are full, no action is necessary. Where pods are still filling tebuconazole, metconazole, azoxystrobin or cyproconazole will provide good protection against rust.
Combining peas may be susceptible to powdery mildew which can reduce pod weight and yield. The maturity of combining peas can be delayed following infection. Dust at harvest can affect machinery and operators. Products containing cyproconazole will prevent the disease developing.
Aphid colonies in peas and beans may cause damage until all pods are completely full. Aphicides should be applied if colonies are present and pods are still filling.