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The newest in pulses

Varieties to watch for in coming years

Pulse breeders at the University of Saskatchewan’s Crop Development Centre (CDC) are constantly working on developing new varieties with improved yield, disease and weed resistance and tolerance, and other desirable attributes. They are also constantly working on getting these new varieties tested and into the hands of Saskatchewan growers as soon as they are ready. […] Read more

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Winning the war on pea problems

Weeds, disease and pests will all steal yield from less-competitive pea crops

Disease and pests pose a big risk for growers. A little planning can go a long way to limiting the damage. Peas are somewhat less competitive than some other crops like barley, canola or wheat because their canopy is open a bit longer, so weeds get a better start,” said Dr. Neil Harker, research scientist, […] Read more

Can you skip inoculant?

Pulse type and field conditions determine how much inoculant your pulse crop needs

Inoculating, or even double inoculating, is routine for pulse growers. But is it always necessary, or are their situations where farmers can save a few bucks without affecting yields? The answer, it seems, comes down to crop type and field history. Peas, fababeans and lentils all form symbiotic relationships with the same rhizobium species, and […] Read more

lentils in a bowl

Lentils: the crop year in review

2016 brought a wet season and a damp harvest. Lentil crops didn’t like that

Lentil growers had a hard time pulling off a good crop in 2016. A wet growing season and damp harvest plagued many farmers. “Without a doubt there were some good quality lentils produced in 2016, but the percentage of high quality lentils produced would be much lower than what we typically see in Western Canada,” […] Read more

Yield-robbing fababean diseases

If you’re putting fabas in the ground, be ready to manage these common diseases

Farmers with aphanomyces-infested fields are faced with a tough decision. Stretch the rotation between susceptible pulse crops to six or eight years, or drop them altogether? Some farmers are opting for less susceptible pulses, including fababeans in moist areas. Of course, fababeans could be vulnerable to disease as well. Here are the foliar diseases fababean […] Read more

How crop diseases become resistant to fungicides

Have you ever wondered how crop diseases develop resistance to fungicides? The first thing to know is that fungicide doesn’t actually cause mutations. Those mutations are random, and can be caused by UV rays, cosmic rays, and cell replication errors, said Dr. Sabine Banniza. Mutations drive evolution, Banniza said. But the last thing farmers want […] Read more

The basics of pulse nodulation

Nodulation 101: how pulse crops work with bacteria to fix their own nitrogen

At Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Crop Diagnostic School at Swift Current in July, a lot of the in-field real estate was devoted to plots of lentils and peas. Organizers had seeded plots of both crops with and without nitrogen, and with and without inoculant. These plots gave Garry Hnatowich, research director at Saskatchewan’s Irrigation Crop Diversification Corporation […] Read more

Leaf diseases to look for in lentil crops

A plant pathologist reveals the main yield-grabbing diseases to watch for in your fields

Rain makes grain, the saying goes. But too much spring rain also means disease, and lentil crops are no exception. Almost all pulse leaf diseases are triggered by rain and moisture in the canopy, said Dr. Sabine Banniza, plant pathologist with the Crop Development Centre. “Many need the rain in order to spread.” So which […] Read more


Consider timing when choosing desiccants for lentils

Depending on what you're trying to achieve, you do have choices

Whether you’re an old hand at growing lentils, or relatively inexperienced, it’s worth brushing up on a few harvest tips before the combines start rolling. Harvest success begins before seeding. It’s best to pick land that’s fairly level and stone-free, says Dale Risula, provincial specialist with Saskatchewan Agriculture in Regina. “Rolling your land is a […] Read more