English grown Baked Beans

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The is a  really good example of persistence in plant breeding.

Baked beans grown at a Lincolnshire farm as part of an innovative project led by the University of Warwick, have now progressed to the tinning stage. Capulet beans were grown by farmer Andy Ward, using innovative methods developed at the University of Warwick Innovation Campus.

Lets hope they don’t run out of fertility and the crop becomes impossible to grow….like the declining UK Oil Seed Rape crop and other problems from the Flea Beetle

Wessex, striped and turnip flea beetles

Some flea beetles, including Wessex, striped and turnip flea beetles, cause occasional crop damage. Phyllotreta species can be very damaging pests of seedling crucifers such as swede and rocket.  

The Wessex flea beetle is of increasing importance in southern England and is most likely to severely check earlier sown, slow-growing oilseed rape.  

The striped and turnip flea beetles are principally pests of spring brassicas, of which later-sown crops are most susceptible; however, any crop may be at risk if growth is checked by sunny, dry weather. 

LET US POINT OUT

These problems are not due to the weather they are due to fertility problems in the soil.

Note. The new Baked Bean variety is being grown on a farm in Lincolnshire where there is exceptionally still good soil fertility….

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