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Pea allergies could hamper new markets

New uses for pea protein is good news for growers, but it has also led to some unexpected allergic reactions for people

Novel uses of pea protein are great news for growers but may be bad news for allergy sufferers. They’re suddenly faced with a world where it may be in unexpected places like sandwich meats and chicken strips. Earlier this spring Dr. Elana Lavine, an Ontario-based allergist, highlighted the issue in the Journal of Allergy and […] Read more


VIDEO: Bean development in Manitoba

Lower temperatures early in the season have slowed growth to some extent

So, how are soybeans and dry beans faring in Manitoba this crop season? At the recent Crop Diagnostic School, Dennis Lange, provincial pulse crop specialist with Manitoba Agriculture, offers what he’s seeing in terms of crop development in the province, the impact that weather has had for growers so far this year, and what options […] Read more



Hail Mary passes?

The promise of hail recovery products sounds great for dry bean producers, but so far trials have yielded mostly question marks

Dry bean growers better be ready to make more than one pass if they’re trying some of the new post-hail recovery products to fend off blight. “There are products registered, but they’re registered for multiple applications, so if you’re just spraying something on a crop as a one-off, you probably won’t see that yield benefit,” […] Read more


Time for a new balance on pulse protein-yield trade-off

The group that recommends new pulse varieties for registration with the CFIA says it hopes to “bolster” or, at the least, “hold the line” on protein

Canada’s pulses have a protein problem, and now the group that recommends varieties for CFIA registration says it’s time to add it back into the equation. The shortfall was under scrutiny during the latest annual meeting of the Prairie Recommending Committee for Pulse and Special Crops (PRCPSC) in Saskatoon Feb. 25-28. The committee highlighted the […] Read more



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