France – the poor quality crop due to Bruchid damage is fuelling demand for UK beans for the main export markets. Export levels for crop 2013 ran to 142,000t and although crop 2014 is currently running  at a similar level the majority of the French production (from a production area of 76,000ha will head to the feed market)November exports have slowed significantly. Interestingly the protein content of the French crop is at a 5 year high, surveyed at dry matter content  28.8% protein. Pea production in France rose (10%) most significant amongst EU producers in 2014. France produces 28% of EU peas.(137,000ha 576,000 t) by far the largest producing country. French feed pea prices rose significantly on the back of increasing Soya meal  and feed wheat prices but there was little trading activity.
Canadian crop situations are still uncertain. Indications were that the area of green pea production had risen 42% but that yellow peas had declined 21% and in October predictions were that total production would fall from 3.95 million tonnes 2013 to 3.5 million tonnes crop 2014 however there is feeling that a slight upward revision may be possible. Demand for yellows is reported as very high in Asia and despite these large numbers supplies may run tight before crop 2015 is harvested. Green pea availability was predicted as a potential threat to the UK market but it appears that damage at harvest may have been significant.
Ukraine, a traditionally strong producer of yellow peas (circa 267,000t crop 2014) is reported to be decreasing pulse production in the face of fierce pressure from low priced Canadian exports in favour of more winter sown crops, corn and soya.
Australian bean crop is mixed. Some droughted but other areas yielded well. Prices realised are higher than UK production with perception of larger and higher quality grain. Arrival in export markets imminent.
Feed beans 
Since the past publication prices have risen quite sharply. The compounders are finding values to be too high over feed wheat for beans to be of significant interest but extruders appear to be short and are active buyers. Prices have risen on the back of short sellers and in line with the recent recovery in other commodity grains. Feed beans are typically making circa £195/ t ex farm.
Human consumption bean export markets seen a marked drop in availability from France and has driven renewed interest in the UK. The need to maintain quality in store is critical with an increasing number of samples seen deteriorating  with mould due to excess moisture or darkening from oxidisation of the skin colour where stored in light conditions.  Sellers are reminded that a shiny bright light coloured seed is required for Human consumption premiums and this needs to be maintained in store post harvest. Concerns about quality is also fuelling the premiums for Human consumption now  running at circa £30 /t over feed beans making them around £225/t ex farm. With rising prices new sellers are appearing in the market taking after a few weeks of apparent reluctance. Demand appears steady.  
Combining Peas
Blue peas little change over the last month with perhaps a firming of £10/t for good quality samples. Uncertainty over Canadian supplies has yet to impact the market. Earlier concerns about cooking and soaking ability has, as earlier suggested eased (though not disappeared)  with maturation in store.
Marrowfat pea prices are likely to continue to remain firm due to lack of availability. A large are of 2015 crop is known to have been contracted and this is likely to stabilise the 2014 crop prices heading into 2015. It is reiterated that it is essential that pea producers focus on quality to ensure the best possible marketing opportunity and price or their produce.
Anderson report – read the predicted effect of EU legislation at
This easily digested report  delivers understanding of  the impact of the imminent  potential further regulation of Ag Chem on pulse production. It can be used as a source of references to lobby for the protection of economically important tools for sustainable effective production on all crops.

Agronomy Note:

Winter bean herbicide
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