The winners of the 2015 BEPA Crop Competition were announced at the organisation’s Annual Dinner at Belton Woods Hotel, near Grantham on November 19 with presentations to the growers and merchants who were present at the event.
Pictured here (L-R) are Peter Smith of merchants Wherry & Sons Ltd with grower James Bullivant, winners of the Rosebowl for ‘Marrowfat Peas’ category with variety Sakura. Also pictured are Mark Wells, winning grower of the ‘Spring Beans’ category with variety Vertigo, and Stuart Cree of merchants Ebbage Seeds Ltd.
The winner of the ‘Large Blue Peas’ category was D&R Tyrrell with the variety Daytona supplied by Dunns (Long Sutton) Ltd.
The 'Winter Beans' winning grower was Roydon Hall Farms with variety Wizard supplied by Dalmark - who also supplied the variety Rose to LG Wakefield & Sons, winners of the ‘Any Other Pea’ category.
The ‘White/Yellow Peas’ winning growers were Bevington Smith & Partners with the variety Gregor, supplied by Dengie Crops.
Franek Smith, Vice-President of BEPA noted that there was a 33% increase in samples submitted for judging this year: “This was driven by the increased area in the pulse crop in 2015. We expect this increase to be maintained in 2016 which will be a very special year for the pulse crop as the UN International Year of Pulses.”