The Optibean Agronomy Tool

PGRO output - A spreadsheet based collection of Economic and Agronomic worksheets to aid the production of UK produced field beans.

The Optibean Agronomy Tool

To download the Agronomy Tool, please enter your email address in the box below. You will then receive an email from us with a link to our secure dropbox folder where you can download a zipped copy of the excel spreadsheet. Please check your spam folder if the email is not received within 1 hour.

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Please note: We will periodically update the spreadsheet, hence the requirement for you to supply your email address so we can notify you when a new version is available to download.

If you experience problems with this process or the downloaded file please contact Steve Belcher, Principal Technical Officer on +44 (0)1780 782585 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


About Optibean

“OPTIBEAN”, a 4 year project which concluded in 2015 was part funded by Innovate UK to optimise faba bean breeding production and usage. Project Reference TSB 101082- “Improving the Availability of UK sourced Protein Feed through New Faba Bean Varieties, Production and Utilisation Systems”.

General Aims

optibean general aims

The Optibean project consisted of 3 work packages. PGRO lead work package 2

work package 1Work Package 1 Objectives: Wherry & NIAB-TAG

  • Breeding for yield stability & quality
  • Genetics behind pod set stability

work package 2Work Package 2 Objectives: PGRO, NIAB-TAG

  • Sowing date & population studies
  • Fungicide & aphicide timing studies
  • Soil SNS studies
  • Inter row weeding studies (NIAB-TAG)
  • Produce web-based agronomy tool

work package 3Work Package 3 Objectives: Waitrose Producer Groups

  • Feeding studies – Salmon, Pigs, Turkeys, broiler and layer chickens, Pekin Ducks
  • LCA (North Energy)

Optibean consortium partners:

PGRO Optibean consortium partners


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