With good lodging resistance, early seeding and marketing flexibility, it’s no wonder faba bean acres continue to rise in Alberta. And with harvest nearing completion, those faba bean stalks are starting to fall, leaving many a smiling farmer in their wake.
“By now a lot of the faba beans have started to come off,” said Robyne Bowness, pulse research and extension agronomist with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, when we caught up with her last week. “It tends to be one of the last crops that is harvested, because once it’s ready to be desiccated, it can stand for quite a long time.”
In this Pulse School, Bowness explains some of the agronomics behind growing faba beans in Alberta, the difference in varieties and flexibility the crop offers to a farm operation.
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