Category: Pulse Preseeding

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 »

Pulse School: Know Your Seed Size — Keys to Getting Faba Beans Off to a Strong Start

Optimal seeding rates for faba beans can vary from less than 3 bushels per acre to over 6 bushels per acre due to a wide range in seed size. With spring around the corner, Sherrilyn Phelps of Saskatchewan Pulse Growers stresses the importance of knowing the thousand kernel weight of faba bean seed. “Depending on variety and… Read more »

Pulse School: Testing Seed For Nasty Diseases — An Affordable Management Strategy

Let’s say the planning stages go like this: crop rotation, variety selection, seed testing, determine seeding rate and so on. If you’re a farmer who doesn’t typically test seed or who may be thinking of skipping this step in an effort to save on costs, this episode of the Pulse School is for you. In… Read more »

Pulse School: Field Scouting Essentials

Plant health is affected by a multitude of factors, making identifying problems in a field a daunting task. Nobody is capable of identifying every nutrient deficiency, disease symptom, insect species or weed present. But,  anyone involved in production should clearly understand the ins and outs of scouting, and what you’ll need in order to ask… Read more »

Pulse School: The Season-Long Impact of Seed Treatments

Each seed treatment product protects against a specific list of diseases or insects, but it’s the overall impact of early season protection on stand establishment that has much more far-reaching impacts than simply avoiding disease infection. In this Pulse School episode, Wes Anderson, agronomy manager for Richardson Pioneer, does outline which seed treatments will protect… Read more »

Pulse School: 1,000 Kernel Weight & The Optimum Plant Stand

Pulses are well-known for their nitrogen-fixing capacity but not for their competitiveness. Weed pressure can really knock back yield, a situation made worse by a thin stand or early-season disease. Two key seeding management strategies for pulses are seeding rates based on an optimal plant stand count and disease control planning. Achieving the best established… Read more »

Pulse School: 3 Ways to Maximize Inoculant Performance

Sliding pulses into rotation is a great way to bump up your crop rotation benefits, adds marketing and cash flow options and also adds nitrogen credits for subsequent crops. All that being said, the delivery of that added N is only possible if pulse seed is properly inoculated ahead of going in the ground or… Read more »

Pulse School: Tight Lentil Rotations Weighed on 2012 Crop

Lentil struggled in some areas this year, as areas of Saskatchewan still had a excess moisture or the hangover from it to deal with. Still other areas were very dry, or suffered from extreme weather. Of note, fields with tight lentil/wheat rotations certainly suffered lower yields versus fields with at least one year of an… Read more »

Pulse School: The Agronomics of Faba Bean

In the last Pulse School episode, Dr. Bert Vandenberg, lentil and faba bean breeder at the University of Saskatchewan, outlined the market development challenges facing the faba bean industry. He noted, however, that the varieties farmers have to choose from are already a very good fit for much of the prairies. Duane Ransome, member relations… Read more »

Pulse School: Don’t Lose Inoculant Bacteria Counts by Being Careless

When using inoculants, time is one of the most critical factors affecting your products performance. The reason for that is the fact that those inoculants contain living organisms that can only survive outside the soil for a limited time. Depending on the formulation and application of of that inoculant, that time frame can vary. The… Read more »

Pulse School: How To Properly Store Pea / Lentil Inoculant on Farm

Now that you have probably picked up your pea or lentil inoculant from your retailer, you need to make sure that you are storing it properly on farm.  You need to remember that your inoculant is a living biological organism.  It needs to be taken care of handled in a proper manner before it is… Read more »