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The Roquette pea processing plant under construction in Portage la Prairie in October 2020.

Roquette site falls prey to pandemic

The site of the pea processing facility, due to open late this year, has now had several COVID-19 cases

The site of the pea-processing facility, due to open late this year, has now had several COVID-19 cases

The site of the under-construction Roquette pea protein plant at Portage la Prairie has joined the list of workplaces fighting COVID-19. Roquette confirmed five positive tests for COVID-19 on the site as of Nov. 9. “Four of the affected individuals are contracted construction workers helping to build the plant,” Michelle Finley, Roquette’s communications and public

The enormous Roquette pea-processing plant at Portage la Prairie is due to open at the end of the year.

Roquette puts out call for organic peas

The Portage la Prairie processor ‘very confident’ growers can supply enough organic peas

Manitoba organic producers will be able to sell peas to processing giant Roquette in the 2021 season, the company announced on Oct. 28. Interest among growers has already been high, said Glen Last, grain buyer at Roquette during a call with media. “We’re very confident that the grower base is there,” he said. Roquette continues



Pulse weekly outlook: Roquette plant now contracting organic yellow peas

Pricing to be at 'sustainable' level for growers

MarketsFarm — Roquette is now contracting for conventional and organic yellow peas for its new processing plant near Portage la Prairie, Man. After construction is finished at the end of 2020, the 200,000-square foot facility will work its way up to processing 125,000 tonnes of yellow peas per year. “We will be receiving peas in



Pulse weekly outlook: Peas, lentils see some strength

Lentil trade watching India

MarketsFarm — Canadian pea and lentil markets have shown some post-harvest strength in recent weeks, with good offshore demand providing support. “On the yellow pea side, it’s China, and on lentils, it’s basically India,” Marcos Mosnaim, of Globeways Canada, said of the strength in both markets. Yellow peas are currently trading as high as $7.50

Pea production is still viewed somewhat skeptically by many Manitoba producers.

COVID-19 no cause for course change on protein, says ag-minister Pedersen

Animal protein a likely weak spot and more agronomic support needed for peas to fill growing demand

Ag Minister Blaine Pedersen says he doesn’t anticipate any changes to Manitoba’s protein strategy despite the adversity of COVID-19. “It is progressing very well,” he told the Co-operator. “I don’t really foresee any changes.” The strategy, with the vision of making Manitoba North America’s protein supplier of choice by 2025, rolled out last September. Its goals include attracting

Statistics Canada trims wheat production estimate

Lentil crop estimate up from August

MarketsFarm — Canadian farmers grew less wheat in 2020-21 than earlier thought, according to updated production estimates Statistics Canada released Monday. However, the country’s wheat crop would still be the second-largest on record and well above the five-year average. Using yield models based on satellite imagery, total wheat production in the country for 2020-21 is


Pulse weekly outlook: Large Canadian crops expected

MarketsFarm — Canada will have grown a record-large pea crop in 2020 and possibly the second-largest lentil crop ever, according to preliminary estimates from Statistics Canada, released Monday. Using satellite imagery and model-based yield estimates, the government agency pegged the 2020-21 Canadian field pea crop at 4.996 million tonnes. That would be a new record

Plant-protein processor’s new processing plant gets grant

Feds, province put up cash for new equipment

The federal and Manitoba governments have added a seven-figure contribution to their support for a new facility to process plant proteins from canola and peas. Merit Functional Foods will put the additional money toward “new equipment purchases that will support the transformation of raw inputs into value-added goods.” The unspecified new technology is expected to