Cool-season Grain Legumes

Leader: Moritz Reckling


This network aims to manage and balance several different challenges in the production of cool-season grain legume crops (e.g., faba bean, field pea and lupin). It is composed of the following actor groups:


  • Bulgarian Legumes Network

  • Schwaebisch Hall Producers

  • German Lupin Network

  • German Pea and Bean Network

  • Swiss Lupin Network

  • Brandenburg Farmers

  • Irish Protein Crops Group

  • Europe Soya Value Chain Development Group

  • Ground for Growth

The production of cool-season grain legumes in Europe is below its potential. Reasons for this include constraints such as a general lack of knowledge on effective cultivation practices and general uncertainty on the economic and environmental effects of grain legumes in cropping systems.


Starting with an assessment of actor groups’ challenges and opportunities, the network is supporting the increase in the agronomic performance of cool-season grain legumes by compiling knowledge on yield stability, weed and pest control, varieties low in anti-nutritional compounds and cultivation techniques. It also supports the project’s economic and environmental assessments of grain legumes in cropping systems. This network is the largest in Legumes Translated and it will interact closely with the other six transition networks. Activities range from field days, seminars and workshops to exchange knowledge on developing cool-season grain legumes in crop rotations.