It won’t be long before the soil is fit and planters roll into edible bean fields. On this episode of the RealAgriculture Edible Bean School, Hensall Co-op field marketer and edible bean grower Dave Louwagie shares a checklist he uses to make sure all systems are go when conditions are right for dry beans. To… Read More

Edible bean breeders have a lot of boxes to check when developing new varieties. From yield and maturity to quality and end use market considerations, breeders need to develop varieties that flourish in the field and also please palates when they appear on dinner plates. On this episode of RealAgriculture’s Edible Bean School, Hensall Co-op… Read More

Black beans, sometimes called black turtle beans, are hugely popular in Latin American and with fans of cajun and creole cuisines. From salads to rice, burritos and fajitas, demand for the small, shiny bean is creating opportunities for bean growers across Canada. On this episode of the RealAgriculture Edible Bean School, host Bernard Tobin looks… Read More

Hensall Co-op is expanding its global business with the acquisition Minn-Dak Growers Ltd. For over five decades, Minn-Dak has been processing and marketing specialty crops across the Upper Great Plains — a region comprising Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, and Minnesota. Hensall Co-op CEO Brad Chandler says the acquisition is a strategic move… Read More

Ontario-based Hensall Co-op has purchased Gentec Inc., a dry bean seed and research enterprise located in Idaho. The company says the acquisition is a strategic move that underscores its dedication to expanding Hensall C0-op’s value-added product portfolio while diversifying its growing areas, and solidifying access to premium, high-quality seed offerings for its members and customers…. Read More

Conventional soybean varieties from Syngenta Seeds will now be sold under the Silverline brand. The announcement comes after the company announced early this year that it would move to a new licensing and distribution model with two licensees, Hensall Co-op and Jackson Seed Service, for the 2024 crop year. “The Silverline brand captures the essence… Read More

As edible bean planting wraps up across Ontario, grower focus shifts to controlling post-emergent weeds and grasses. When seed is planted to moisture, in warm soils, growers and agronomists will need to get out and scout to determine what competition, including small and actively growing weeds, the emerging crop will encounter. On this episode of… Read More

Many edible bean growers target the first week of June as the optimal planting window for the range of bean types that make up the category. On this episode of the RealAgriculture Edible Bean School, Hensall Co-op field marketer and edible bean grower Dave Louwagie shares tips on prepping the seedbed and the planter for… Read More

Edible beans are not huge consumers of fertilizer, but they will deliver better performance with a balanced fertility plan. On this episode of the RealAgriculture Edible Bean School, Hensall Co-op field marketer Meghan Scott breaks down the components of that plan and offers tips on how growers can fine-tune fertility for the 2023 crop. Overall,… Read More

What did growers learn about growing edible beans in 2022? Growers experienced much different conditions in the key growing regions, but overall the season was generally positive. In Manitoba, a good crop prevailed after a wet spring delayed planting. In many cases, growers experienced record yields. Further east, dry conditions stressed the Ontario crop but… Read More

Syngenta Seeds’ NK conventional soybeans will be sold under a new brand for the 2024 growing season and distributed by two licensees – Hensall Co-op and Jackson Seed Service. The company says the move to a licensing model for its conventional, high-protein soybeans will help meet customer and end-use market demand more effectively. Syngenta will… Read More

Every year, adzuki beans grown in Ontario fields find their way to markets in southeast Asia where they are synonymous with sweet treats — everything from pastries to candy bars and even adzuki-flavoured Pepsi. On this episode of the RealAgriculture Edible Bean School, host Bernard Tobin discussed adzuki end uses, market opportunities and agronomics with… Read More

 

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