Category: Pulse Seeding

Seeding episodes of the Pulse School

Pulse School: Preventing damage by the pea leaf weevil

As peas and fababeans emerge, at least one potentially devastating pest already has made an appearance — the pea leaf weevil. In this Pulse School episode, we talk about how to deal with the weevils if you are seeing them now, economic thresholds for control, and how to avoid them in the future. Pulse research… 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 »

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: Top 5 Tips for a Great Lentil Crop

There’s plenty of excitement surrounding lentils heading into the 2016 growing season, with record acres expected. In this Pulse School episode, Shannon Chant of Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Agriculture shares her top five tips for a good (or even great) lentil crop: 5 Tips for a Great Lentil Crop 1. Good quality seed — Of course… Read more »

Pulse School: Lessons Learned from Record Faba Bean Acres in ’15

There were plenty of lessons to be learned about growing faba beans in 2015, as the number of acres covered by crop insurance in Saskatchewan tripled from just under 20 thousand in 2014 to around 60 thousand last year. “When you increase acres, there are definitely things we gain more information on,” notes Sherrilyn Phelps,… Read more »

Pulse School: Which Input Matters Most? A Look at Pea Seeding Rates

Research into the role of inputs in field peas has often looked at each individually, with little known on the effects of combining inputs.  The Western Applied Research Corporation (WARC) looked to change that with a study that’s wrapping up this year. Over the past three years, trials have been conducted at Scott, Melfort, Swift Current… Read more »

Pulse School: Nodulation No-Show? Tips for a Rescue N App

Ensuring adequate nodulation starts with choosing the correct inoculant, keeping it alive prior to seeding and getting good coverage or placement. But what happens if, for any number of reasons, your pulse crop ends up with less than great nodules? What if you’ve got nodules that never pink up or seem to die off? In… Read more »

Pulse School: Nodulation Assessment & Rescue N Applications

A visual assessment of pulse crops isn’t enough to know how well or poorly your inoculation program worked this year. What’s more, it’s important to track nodulation to ensure enough time to go in with a rescue nitrogen application, if warranted. So how do you know if your pulse crop is fixing enough N? Time… 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 – Roots – Assessing The Brain of the Plant

Roots are the brains of all crop types, including pulse crops.  Inoculants play a key role in making sure the root fixes nitrogen properly in the soil.  Healthy roots mean a healthy plant and the opportunity to create yield above ground. Making an agronomic decision without the proper follow up is really making stabs in… Read more »