TG3105 : A field of beans east of Mill Road

taken 1 year ago, near to Surlingham, Norfolk, Great Britain

A field of beans east of Mill Road
A field of beans east of Mill Road
Beans are legumes - a crop that is able to make use of atmospheric nitrogen to enrich the protein content of both the plant and seed. This is achieved by utilising bacteria that inhabit nodules in the roots of the plant - when the roots decay, the nitrogen becomes available to the following crop as a fertiliser. Beans grown in the UK are known as field beans. Many farmers choose not to precision drill the crops but to simply broadcast the beans with a fertiliser spreader and then plough the bean under, hence the often observed irregular distribution of the plants. Typically, beans contain twice the protein content of cereal crops like wheat - a factor that has contributed to their continued use in the UK over the last 3000 years. The national bean crop typically covers between 110 and 170,000 hectares each year and average yields for the UK crop are around 3.75 tonnes per hectare . Most of the bean crop is grown for stock feed and is used as a locally grown GM free alternative to protein crops like soya. The major human consumption market for beans is the Middle East where beans are used prior to the Ramadan fasting period.
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Date Taken
Friday, 18 August, 2017   (more nearby)
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Friday, 18 August, 2017
Geographical Context
Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TG 3193 0569 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:35.9679N 1:25.4005E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TG 3169 0571
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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