Bean YEN

Set up in 2019 in partnership with PGRO, the Bean YEN was established with the support of industry sponsors, including key developmental funding from NPZ UK (formerly known as LSPB) .

Interested bean growers can join to benchmark their crops using a variety of nutritional, physiological and quality parameters. The network aim is to understand how this variation is linked to achieved bean yields. We hope that this increased knowledge base will help us find new ways to increase bean yields on-farm.

All members will be provided with a comprehensive report, detailing how their crop performed compared to other bean crops in the YEN and where aspects of their crop and agronomy might stand out compared to the anonymised data of the rest of the network. Click here to see an example Bean YEN report. Members are also invited to discuss results, experiences and ideas at the end of the season.

Annual Bean YEN membership

Membership is open and available to anyone; farmers, agronomists, and researchers.

2024 harvest Membership includes:

  • One entrance into the annual Bean YEN benchmarking network (additional charges apply to enter multiple fields)
  • One free soil analysis (Details and restrictions to be confirmed)
  • A comprehensive report on your crop’s performance
  • One ticket to the YEN Conference
  • Lancrop leaf tissue and seed nutrition*
  • PGRO grain bruchid beetle damage assessment*
  • Further analysis as confirmed*

*Analysis may be subject to limitations on crop development stage, date, or availability. Please note that some analysis may not be available to non-UK entrants (enquire via email at for more information).

For an idea of the sampling and data collection process involved in Bean YEN, please see the Bean YEN 2022 protocol. Please note that the protocol is subject to change.

2024 harvest Membership Fees

  • Individual Bean YEN Membership is £375 + VAT.
  • Entries may be sponsored via official Bean YEN 2023 sponsors (see below)
  • Entries sponsored by other organisations is £500 + VAT

Official sponsors of the Bean YEN may be willing to cover the cost of your entry. See the section below for more info.


Corporate Sponsors support the network to maintain its core activities.  Their vital role is recognised in all YEN publicity, media items, conference presentations, and on this website.

Sponsors have a key role in steering the evolution of the network and its activities.  They have access to network information, intelligence and discussions to support their own yield enhancement initiatives.

Sponsors can also make multiple competition entries, and have multiple attendance at the annual YEN conference. A few sponsors will also contribute some or all of individual farmers membership fees. For more information and how to get in touch with potential sponsors, please see the Bean YEN sponsorship enquiry page.

Key Dates
YEN Conference (2024 harvest) - TBD


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Bean YEN 2021 end of season summary

Bean YEN 2021 end of season summary

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AUTHOR: Roger Sylvester-Bradley -
TAGS: YEN Nutrition, Cereal YEN, Bean YEN, Pea YEN, Oilseed YEN

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Another first for the YEN!

Another first for the YEN!

AUTHOR: Roger Sylvester-Bradley -
TAGS: YEN Nutrition, Cereal YEN, Dynamic Benchmarking, Oilseed YEN, Bean YEN, Pea YEN, Events

We had an excellent response to our YEN Nutrition webinar yesterday – with 115 people attending and offering over 40 comments and questions. We couldn’t possibly… more

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