Category: Pulse School

Pulse School: Assessing In-Field Tools for Managing Aphanomyces (Do I Have to Wait Six Years?)

Taking a break from peas or lentils for six years is a tall order for fields where aphanomyces has been a problem. Are there in-field options or tools for managing this relatively new disease? Syama Chatterton, pulse crops pathologist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Lethbridge, has been conducting field trials across the prairies over the last two… Read more »

Pulse School: Sorting Out the Pulse Export Problem With India

With seeding just two months away, Canada’s pulse crop industry is in limbo, facing the threat of not having access to its largest export market as of the end of March. India’s government says it will not extend a derogation (or an exemption) allowing pulses from Canada to be fumigated with methyl bromide upon arrival, rather than… Read more »

Pulse School: Pulse Crop Rotation Options in the Face of Root Rots

Tough to say and even harder to control, aphanomyces has the potential to significantly reduce pea and lentil yields, and can stick around in the soil for an extremely long time. It’s recommended that farmers not plant pea or lentil for five to six years if aphanomyces has been confirmed in a field, but that’s… Read more »

Pulse School: Majority of Lentils In Top Two Grades: CGC Survey

The wet weather during the 2016 growing season and harvest took a toll on lentil crop quality in Western Canada, but more than half the crop samples submitted to the Canadian Grain Commission’s harvest survey still fell in the top two grades. “For green lentils, we’re seeing 11.2 percent grading number one and 49.2 percent number… Read more »

Pulse School: Improved Root Rot Resistance Coming for Peas

With wet growing conditions in many areas and high prices driving tight pulse crop rotations, the table was set for root rot to feast on pea stands in Western Canada this year. While one of the main culprits — aphanomyces — was first confirmed in Saskatchewan in 2012 and in Alberta in 2013, testing on the pathogen… Read more »

Pulse School: Taking the Bite Out of Off-Flavours

Canadian researchers are working on ways to increase the use of pulses in snack foods, not just as a tool to improve market access for producers, but also as a way to improve the nutritional aspects of processed foods. “We’ve been working with pulses at CIGI here for over a decade now and we’ve learned… Read more »

Pulse School: Herbicide Layering — The Tag Team Approach to Fighting Weeds and Resistance

“Herbicide layering” looks to be an effective approach to managing hard-to-control cleavers in pulses. As Eric Johnson, weed scientist at the University of Saskatchewan, explains in this Pulse School episode, herbicide layering is the application of different modes of action sequentially. It usually involves a pre-seed soil-applied herbicide, such as sulfentrazone, ethalflurolin or pyroxasulfone, ,… Read more »

Pulse School: Making the Call on Pea Aphids

Pea aphids populations have been reaching problematic levels in some parts of the Prairies over the last few weeks. In this Pulse School episode, Dennis Lange, provincial pulse specialist in Manitoba, says they’re still a concern in some areas. “We’re at the stage where some of the later seeded pea fields are in the late flowering stage, pods… Read more »

Pulse School: Deciding on a Second App of Fungicide

Round one of fungicide application is done, but it’s starting to wear off and conditions are still conducive for disease. Knowing what your peas and/or lentils are worth this year, do you take the sprayer out or hire a plane for a second fungicide application? It’s a scenario growers in parts of Western Canada are finding… Read more »

Pulse School: Maintain the Upper Hand on Diseases — Preventing Fungicide Resistance

There have been no confirmed cases of fungicide resistance in pulse crop diseases in Western Canada, and the industry wants to keep it that way. “It’s something we want to take a proactive approach on and make sure we don’t develop those issues we’re seeing in some of the southern States with corn and soybean… Read more »

Pulse School: Tom Wolf’s Tips for Effective Fungicide Application

A good fungicide application is all about getting the active ingredient where it needs to be at the right time to prevent disease. That can be a challenge in lentils, especially when conditions have been conducive for thick canopy growth, as is the case in parts of Western Canada this summer. “We’re looking for ways… Read more »

Pulse School: Diseases, Root Rots and Wet Conditions

Ample moisture availability, combined with the price incentive to move to tighter pulse crop rotations, has resulted in high disease pressure for many of this year’s pea and lentil acres. The crop is also well-advanced in many areas, with most acres seeded before the second week of May, notes Allison Friesen of BASF in this Pulse… Read more »

Pulse School: Food Companies Looking at Pea Flour to Make Breakfast Cereals & Instant Noodles More Nutritious

Food and ingredient companies like Nestle, General Mills and Cargill are looking to pulses to make their products more nutritious. “There’s a lot of pressure from the food industry, from consumers right now to make more healthfulness and nutrition in food products,” explains Heather Hill, project manager for pulse flour milling and food applications at… Read more »

Pulse School: A Rookie’s Guide to Growing Peas

If there was some way of measuring trending topics in farmer conversations in Western Canada over the past six months, “so, are you growing peas this year?” would be at or near the top. Thanks to the very strong prices that are accompanying a global pulse shortage, a record number of pea (and lentil) acres… Read more »

Pulse School: Is Your Seed Up to Snuff?

How confident are you that your pea and lentil seed is not limiting yield potential before you even put it in the ground? With rising acres leading to a shortage of certified seed, there are serious concerns about the quality of the seed that will be used this spring. Sarah Foster of 20/20 Seed Labs joins our own Kelvin Heppner… Read more »