Category: Pulse School

Pulse School: A lesson in root rots, as preparation for next year

Each fall the Western Forum on Pest Management meets to review the previous growing season. Scientists, researchers, and agronomists get together to compare notes on what happened during the previous growing season. This helps everyone get a better understanding of the issues so that they can help each other help farmers. Dale Leftwich, field editor… Read more »

Pulse School: Dry bean production under irrigation

Dry beans are not too common on the western plains but they do have a nice fit in certain areas. One of those areas is the Riverhurst irrigation district along Lake Diefenbaker in Saskatchewan. That’s where RealAgriculture field editor, Dale Leftwich, caught up with Riverhurst area farmer, Jeff Ewen for this episode of Pulse School…. Read more »

Pulse School: Harvest timing tips for a successful faba bean harvest

Faba beans seem to grow forever. They don’t, but their days to maturity are about five days longer than most varieties of wheat, so it feels like forever when you are trying to get harvest started. This is why it’s important to know what to look for, and then what to do, when it comes… Read more »

Pulse School: Evaluating different approaches to weed control in peas

We know that peas do not compete very well against weeds. They need some help, especially early on. At the recent Agriculture In Motion field day that was held near Langham, Sask., BASF had a plot to showcase weed control strategies in pulses. In this episode of the Pulse School, field editor Kelvin Heppner talks to Bethany… Read more »

India: How will it affect marketing peas off the combine?

All farmers are concerned about how markets have been adversely affected by tariff and fumigation restrictions placed on imports in to India. Peas are of special concern. Markets are certainly roiled, but some new buyers have stepped in to take up some of the slack. Marlene Boesch of Mercantile Consulting Ventures was at the recent… Read more »

Pulse School: Pulse Canada’s 25 by 2025 market development strategy

Pulse Canada is always looking for ways to diversify markets, helping to create price stability for the commodity. In this episode of the Pulse School, field editor Dale Leftwich talks to Jackie Tenuta, director of market development for Pulse Canada, about the 25 by 2025 strategy. Tenuta explains “Essentially what it comes down to is finding… Read more »

Pulse School: Check those nodules

In any crop, it’s just as important to know what is going on under the ground as it is to know what’s going on above ground. In a pulse crop, it is particularly important because pulses fix their own nitrogen and you have to actually see the roots to know what is going on. In… Read more »

Pulse School: Scouting for aphids and disease at early flower

It is important to get into fields often to monitor plant development and growing conditions, but for the pea crop it’s especially important at early flowering. In this episode of RealAgriculture’s Pulse School we talk to Wendy Schatz Leeds, lead agronomist with Sharpe’s Crop Services, about why early flowering is a critical time to scout pea fields…. Read more »

Pulse School: Scout early to get a jump on weed and insect pressure

Pulse planting conditions were mostly dry this spring, but many farmers were able to seed into moisture. In most cases, plant emergence has been good, and with recent rains the crop is ready to move into high gear. That means it’s time to do some scouting! Dale Leftwich, Saskatchewan field editor for RealAgriculture, stopped in… Read more »

Pulse School: Root rot resistance, biofortification, and the pulse crop breeding pipeline

While yield and lodging attributes will always be critical, pulse crop breeders have placed a high priority on root rot resistance in recent years, and are increasingly focused on the nutritional profile of new pea, lentil and chickpea varieties. Tom Warkentin, pulse breeder at the Crop Development Centre at Saskatoon, joins us for this Pulse… Read more »

Pulse School: What will it take for India to lift tariffs?

India’s government made no attempt to veil the reason for imposing tariffs on pulse crop imports in late 2017. “Cheap imports, if allowed unabated, are likely to adversely affect the interest of the farmers,” said a statement from the Indian government, announcing the 30 percent import duty on lentils and chickpeas in December. The tariffs on… Read more »

Pulse School: What do India’s tariffs mean for pulse markets in 2018?

India’s move to impose prohibitive import tariffs on peas, lentils and chickpeas has left a cloud of uncertainty hanging over the pulse market heading into the 2018 growing season. After back-to-back bumper crops domestically, India implemented a 50 percent tariff on pea imports in November, followed by a 30 percent tariff imposed on lentils and… Read more »

Pulse School: Meeting new demand for peas on the eastern prairies

Construction has started on a large pea processing plant in central Manitoba that’s designed to process more than 100,000 tonnes per year starting in 2019. The new processing facility at Portage la Prairie will undoubtedly boost demand for peas on the eastern side of the prairies, however, there’s a big question that has yet to be… Read more »

Pulse School: Lygus bugs in fababeans

Lygus bugs are known for attacking canola, alfalfa and sunflowers (you can probably blame the lygus for that gross seed), but they can also be a significant pest in fababeans — especially after their canola food source is harvested. In general, lygus bug species like to feed on the reproductive parts of plants. “Similar to… Read more »

Pulse School: Avoiding bleaching in peas

With pea and lentil harvest underway, the question on the forefront of many growers’ minds — what is the quality of my crop that’s coming off? We think about what sort of season and conditions the crop has gone through, and while sometimes you are prepared for the sample you’re looking at, sometimes you aren’t…. Read more »