When the drill gets parked, it’s time to hook up the land rollers. Ken Wall, grow team advisor at Federated Cooperatives Ltd., says there are two reasons why you’d want to roll lentils (and other pulse crops); one of which is to smooth out the ridges from seeding. Lentils in particular are a low growing… Read More

Protein Industries Canada (PIC) announced a co-investment into pea, canola, and blended pea-canola protein ingredients in new plant-based products. Merit Functional Foods, TWC Nutrition, Daiya Foods, and Grand River Foods are partnering to product the new plant-based products, which could include alternative meat products, alternative dairy products, or other beverages. “Adding value to our crops… Read More

After three years of operation, the Plant Protein Alliance of Alberta (PPAA) is shutting its doors. The organization’s goal was to “raise awareness and create connections to help realize the endless opportunities the plant protein and plant-ingredient industry offer Alberta,” but didn’t receive funding from the provincial government for the current fiscal year, and therefore… Read More

Alberta-based grain and pulse crop buyer W.A. Grain & Pulse Solutions entered receivership as of April 26, 2021. With its head office at Innisfail, Alta., W.A. Grain owns handling and processing facilities at Bashaw and Bowden, Alta., as well as at Pambrun, Ponteix, and Vanguard in southwest Saskatchewan. The company also operates a processing plant… Read More

Pea leaf weevil is an invasive pest of Western Canada and attacks field peas and faba beans. The larval stage damages nodules on roots of both these crops, which can hinder biological nitrogen fixation happening in those nodules. In this episode of the Pests & Predators podcast, host Shaun Haney is joined by Dr. Meghan… Read More

If you’ve grown peas, lentils, or any other pulse crop for a while, there may be background levels of rhizobia in your fields. However, it’s still important to use a “fresh” inoculant when you seed. “Inoculants are the rhizobial products that provide the right species of rhizobia for the right crop,” says Sherrilyn Phelps, agronomy… Read More

Decisions, decisions. There are many early season considerations that will factor into where to put your next crop of peas, lentils, chickpeas, or faba beans. Seed quality, environmental conditions, whether or not to treat seed, and pest concerns are just some that make the list. One of the great things about pulse crops is that… Read More

ETG Commodities is expanding into Manitoba’s edible bean market with the acquisition of Globeways Canada’s bean processing facility in Plum Coulee. The deal, announced March 15, comes after Globeways Canada, and its subsidiaries Canpulse Food Ltd. at Kindersley, Saskatchewan and Global Grain Canada Ltd. at Plum Coulee, entered into receivership in November 2020. “The Plum Coulee… Read More

Lovingly Made Ingredients — the ingredient manufacturing division of European market leader, the Meatless Farm Company —  is beginning production at their new 33,000 square foot Calgary-based facility. Using innovative ingredients, equipment, and processes, the company says they are positioned to help meet the increasing consumer demand and need to sustainably feed a growing population…. Read More

Inoculants are produced each year, and a fresh batch will start rolling off the production line just before spring arrives. An inoculant product is different from other crop inputs, and there are some do’s and don’ts when it comes to storing your pea, lentil, chickpea, or faba bean inoculant products. In this episode of the Pulse… Read More

Protein Industries Canada (PIC) is announcing an investment into a project that will lead to the development of new, high-protein pulse-based ingredients for the non-dairy beverage market. GrainFrac Inc., TomTene Seed Farm, and Ripple Foods PBC, are partnering to develop and utilize specialized dry processing technology patented by GrainFrac. This technology will process pulses chosen… Read More

Pulse Canada’s president, Greg Cherewyk, will step up as leader of Pulse Canada, April 1, 2021. Long-time CEO Gord Bacon has announced his retirement from the role after 25 years with the organization. “Greg Cherewyk is a respected leader, is well known to Canadian pulse growers, traders and processors. He will, without a doubt, continue… Read More

 

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