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Field peas a strong alternative to soybeans

But you’ll need to remember the rulebook is different

Field pea markets might still be depressed following last year’s trade disputes with India, but the crop represents an opportunity for Manitoba producers in the long term. That’s according to Terry Buss, farm production extension specialist for Manitoba Agriculture. “As you go west and south in Manitoba, the soils are lighter and better drained, and […] Read more


Pulse growers urge low moisture management for seeding

Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers has some advice on planting in dry conditions

For pulse growers used to planting into wet conditions, it’s going to be a year for recalibrating their seeding practices. The Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers (MPSG) has put the word out for producers to watch herbicide carry-over, salinity, and adjust tillage and seeding practices given lacklustre rainfalls in 2017 and snow-bare winter. Dry conditions […] Read more



Can Manitoba support 300,000 acres of field peas?

Right now there are headwinds but looming local processing capacity bodes well for the crop

Could Manitoba see 300,000 acres of peas a year? That was the self-admittedly provocative question Manitoba Agriculture pulse extension Terry Buss raised at a March 20 pea producers’ meeting in Brandon. Hitting that mark would mean an acreage five times larger than this coming season’s projected acreage, which has been pegged at 65,000 acres, up […] Read more


Comment: A path forward for pulses

Governments must be cautious about what signals they’re sending the market and aware of unintended consequences

India and Canada are the two global superpowers of the pulse world. India is the world’s largest producer and the largest consumer of pulses. Canada is the world’s largest exporter of pulses. India’s growing population, strong economic growth, and inevitable variability in production and harvest quality (weather dependent) all point towards the need for a […] Read more



Manitoba bean producers faring well following harvest

Weaker Canadian dollar is offsetting the effects of a weakening in the bean market

After a decent dry bean harvest in Manitoba the market is quieting down as the crop begins to ship to the American and Mexican markets. “We’ve had active movement here right at harvest time… during the next four weeks we’ll see it quiet down over the Christmas period,” said Grant Fehr, market segment manager for […] Read more


Pea processing attracting wide interest

The Prairies has become a hotbed for ingredient manufacturing based on the crop

The French company Roquette may have kicked off the pea party when it announced a protein-processing facility at Portage la Prairie earlier this year — but it’s no longer the only guest. In September Academy Award-winning film director James Cameron announced he would be investing in a new multimillion-dollar pea-processing plant in Vanscoy, Sask. As […] Read more



MPSG clarifies position on a Manitoba soybean-crushing plant

The association supports the goal, but says the location will be decided by the company that builds

Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers (MPSG) supports efforts to attract a soybean-crushing plant to Manitoba, but is neutral on where it’s built, says association executive director Francois Labelle. “We want to see a facility built in Manitoba,” Labelle said in an interview Sept. 29. “That has been our position since we first started talking about […] Read more


Roquette breaks ground on Portage pea-processing plant

A ceremony held last week marked the formal start of the construction phase

Manitoba farmers don’t grow many field peas anymore, but that could change when the world’s biggest pea-processing plant, being built here by French-based Roquette, starts operating in April 2019. Pascal Leroy, Roquette’s vice-president for pea and new protein business line, and Premier Brian Pallister, broke ground Sept. 28 for the $400-million facility, in what had […] Read more



Choosing the right inoculant strategy

After some disappointing results this season, one pulse crop specialist says it’s time to take a hard look at these practices

Manitoba Agriculture pulse crop specialist Dennis Lange says it’s a good time to think about just what’s the right approach regarding inoculants for pulses. “This year I’ve had a few calls on peas and soybeans from western Manitoba where they are finding very poor nodulation,” Lange told the Co-operator in a recent interview. He says […] Read more


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