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Four wooden spoons with dried peas and lentils

Give peas a chance

If we do, they’ll grow the western economy

The Canadian Prairies are well known for being global leaders in pulse production and exports, but we didn’t get here by being complacent. We are now in the midst of an opportunity to become the premier region for pulse fractionation, a relatively new processing technology that breaks pulses into protein, starch and fibre fractions for […] Read more


Tips for rolling emerged soybeans

The best time is at the first trifoliate on a warm afternoon to limit damage

When rolling emerged soybeans timing is important, says Dennis Lange, pulse crop specialist with Manitoba Agriculture. Conditions need to be right to avoid crop damage. Soybeans shouldn’t be too young or too old and the air temperature should be at least 25 C and ideally closer to 28 C. Rolling, which is done to flatten […] Read more



Tips for assessing soybean plant stands

Thankfully there’s an app for that!

The Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers (MPSG) Bean App Plant Stand Assessor simplifies the following steps for more efficient recording, unit conversion and calculation of plant populations. The free app is available at the Apple Store or Google Play. A web-based app is also available at: http://mpgabeanapp.com/. Use a fixed area for solid-seeded crops seven […] Read more


VIDEO: When should you roll soybeans?

Tips from Dennis Lange, pulse crop specialist with Manitoba Agriculture

Manitoba Co-operator reporter Allan Dawson heads into the field with Dennis Lange, provincial pulse crop specialist with Manitoba Agriculture, to get a quick refresher on the when, why and how of rolling soybeans.



MPSG calls for member feedback on future

A new membership dynamic may mean shifting focus and priorities 
for Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers as it 
reaches out for membership opinion

Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers (MPSG) is measuring its own vital signs with what will be the second membership survey conducted by the group in the last five years. Francois Labelle, Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers executive director, says 2013 results will serve as a baseline for the new survey, which covers crops planted, land […] Read more


$400-million pea plant announced

Manitoba producers to benefit from the global demand for vegetable protein ingredients

Pea acres in the province could see a growth spurt following the announcement global ingredient and pharmaceutical giant Roquette will build its next processing plant in Manitoba. The $400-million pea-processing plant will be located just outside Portage la Prairie and is expected to employ 150 people once complete. “I expect there will be more pea […] Read more



Pulse industry sets growth target

The goal is to find new uses for 25 per cent of the industry’s productive capacity

Pulse Canada is aiming to find new uses for up to 25 per cent of the industry’s production by the year 2025. The recently approved “25 by 2025” target was set as part of the organization’s long-term planning process and will give the whole industry a target to strive for. The industry will marshal its […] Read more


Railway tracks

Proposed Vancouver grain terminal has great rail connections

The Fraser River Terminal will be served by four railways and there are no bottlenecks, a company official says

A spokesman for one of the companies behind the proposed Fraser Grain Terminal says the facility will be efficient and state of the art. Casey McCawley, Parrish & Heimbecker’s (P&H) director of West Coast operations and a director of the terminal to be co-owned by P&H and Paterson GlobalFoods (PGF), says that’s good news for […] Read more



VIDEO: High-protein yellow peas pump up products

Adding yellow pea flour to recognized products like instant noodles can help improve nutritional value

The phrase “eat your peas” is about to take on a whole new meaning. Researchers in Winnipeg are finding ways to add yellow pea flour to food products consumers are starting to view as unhealthy — such as breads, instant noodles, pasta and breakfast cereal — to give them a healthy kick. With funding from […] Read more


Growing Forward 3 a chance to think big

Pulse Canada’s COO calls for an ambitious agenda 
as the next agriculture policy framework looms

Canada needs to quit fiddling around the edges of its agri-food policies and start thinking big. That’s the message Greg Cherewyk, Pulse Canada’s chief operating officer, brought to a recent meeting of the Commons agriculture committee. He used the occasion to call for a new focus on continuous improvement and transformational innovation in the upcoming […] Read more