Seed Technology has been the leader in researching and marketing new and improved protein crop varieties on the Irish market. Spring Beans is the number one grown protein crop in Ireland (circa 4,500 hectares). Our success in the Spring Bean market is down to our consistent bean trials with strong links to the largest breeders of beans in Europe. Our research programme has produced some outstanding varieties over the years and today’s market leader Fuego. We constantly strive for improved characteristics, yield and yield consistency.
Domestically beans are in direct competition with imported protein crops such as soya and distillers but it does offer great potential to fill the void as a break crop which has been there since the unfortunate departure of Sugar Beet. Beans also offer the potential of value added opportunities within in our animal feed industry. Another important fact is we can produce a protein source that can be guaranteed GM free. We are also at the fore of marketing and researching other protein crops such as Combining Peas, Lupins and Soyabean varieties.