Pea & Bean Growers Assoc. 2016 Season Update- 12th July

The story of the early part of the season is of a difficult one in most areas. Early crops were of variable yield but most have been good quality.

Vining in Scotland and the borders started late last week.  In the Dundee area it was an earlier start than 2015. On the borders they have just started and pretty much the same story with variable results. Down in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire story is the same and field conditions have been very challenging in some areas. In East Anglia there have been some heavy downpours as well with more forecast later on today. Footrot is a worry to some growers and others are closely monitoring pests and diseases.

I hope that you all saw the PROFEL press release.  If not here a link to it on the British Growers site. http://britishgrowers.org/news/item/profel-issues-updated-details-on-weather-impact-across-europe/ not much consolation but at least we know that the conditions are as bad across the continent.

On a more positive note the Great British Pea Week has got off to a fantastic start with loads of media coverage and interaction on social media.  A full report will be sent to everyone once the dust (or mud) has settled on the week.  Tomorrow is a press day in the field near Boston and then a cookery demonstration from Rachel Green nearby. The response has been great and we are looking forward to it.

If you are on Twitter follow #GreatBritishPeaWeek https://twitter.com/search?q=%40YesPeas!&src=typd

Spread the news on our website http://www.greatbritishpeaweek.co.uk/

Have a look at the Facebook page (or get your kids to) https://www.facebook.com/YesPeas

Whatever the outcome of the season we still need to get people to eat more peas.