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


YEN is Growing!

YEN is Growing!

AUTHOR: Dhaval Patel -
TAGS: Cereal YEN, Bean YEN, Oilseed YEN, YEN Zero, Forage YEN

The power and value of YEN networks depend on their numbers of participants and the data that they share.  YEN networks collectively now have over 2,800 yields in their joint database, and… more

Pulse YENs - end of 2020 season summary and beyond

Pulse YENs - end of 2020 season summary and beyond

AUTHOR: Tom Wilkinson -
TAGS: Pea YEN, Bean YEN, Events

The area of field beans and combining peas cropped in the UK has grown by 38 % and 28 % respectively. Pulses can offer an alternative to oilseed rape in the rotation for some,… more

ADAS & Lancrop laboratories are pleased to announce leaf tissue analyses will again be available for free for YEN crops

ADAS & Lancrop laboratories are pleased to announce leaf tissue analyses will again be available for free for YEN crops

AUTHOR: Dhaval Patel -
TAGS: Cereal YEN, Milling Wheat Quality Contest, Oilseed YEN, Pea YEN, Bean YEN

Following a successful exercise last year where around 150 Cereal YEN crops and 20 Oilseed YEN crops were sampled by growers at up to four growth stages during the season. The… more

Bean YEN launched for 2019

Bean YEN launched for 2019

AUTHOR: Daniel Kindred -

A new Bean Yield Enhancement Network (YEN) has been created for 2019 with the support of PGRO. After two years of intensive pea crop monitoring to gain critical understanding of key issues, the… more

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