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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



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