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Terry Buss displays a photograph showing a side-by-side comparison of field peas infected with ascochyta blight isolates resistant to Frac 11 fungicides. From left to right: untreated, treated with Headline (Frac 11) fungicide and treated with a Proline fungicide.

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



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



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

Canada’s 150th anniversary is a good time to celebrate our unique recipes.

A ‘new-old’ food business celebrates cross-Canada ties

Prairie Fare: Avion Harvest’s first incarnation marketed yellow peas to Quebec cooks

Canadians are planning many celebrations for our 150th year, and guaranteed these events will revolve around lots and lots of food. Expect to consume, for example, copious amounts of ultra-Canuck and super-delicious pea soup. Pea soup’s been around awhile. It would have fuelled French explorer Samuel de Champlain and his crew as they rolled in

A $400-million pea-processing plant was announced during an event at the Manitoba legislature.

$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


Heather Hill explains the use of yellow pea flour at Cigi.

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

Late radish may have to be protected from flea beetles.

Fresh garden vegetables — in the fall

With some planning and protection when needed some will produce well into October

The peas and beans have long ago been pulled up, the corn is about done, and other vegetables are objecting to cooler temperatures and light frosts. Although we can’t expect the same quantity of vegetables from our gardens as in midsummer, we can keep quite a few producing well into October. A bit of planning