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Crop Advisor’s Casebook: Why are these yellow peas in a twist?

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the July 18, 2017 issue of Grainews

On June 6 of last year, I visited Mike’s 3,000-acre farm, near Morse, Sask., where he grows green lentils, yellow peas, mustard and durum. Mike was concerned about some yellowing, unhealthy-looking plants in an area of his pea crop. Two days before he noticed the damaged plants, the crop had been sprayed by a custom applicator […] Read more


Ed Seidle learns on the job

This on-farm research program generated info about everything from aphanomyces to root rot

How can producers make sure their on-farm trials produce useful results? Or perhaps a better question is whether growers can, or need to, run trials as rigorously as researchers? Most farmers don’t have the time or patience to run the types of on-farm experiments that scientists do, says Ed Seidle. But that doesn’t mean they […] Read more



A crop of field peas in saskatchewan

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


Crop Advisor’s Casebook: Puzzling patterns in a pea field

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the October 21, 2014 issue of Grainews

Back in late spring, Allan was alarmed to see some strange patterns showing up in his crop of field peas at his 2,000-acre mixed grain farm near Aylsham, Sask. Irregular sections of pale green peas were appearing in the field, in contrast to the lush green growth of the rest of the crop. The pea […] Read more



Hope in sight to help protect peas from aphanomyces

NuFarm seed treatment will help protect seedling’s roots during early season growth

In early April, NuFarm announced that it had received emergency use registration of its INTEGO Solo seed treatment for suppression of Aphanomyces euteiches in field peas. INTEGO Solo (ethaboxam) is a Group 22 fungicide registered for pythium control and the suppression of seed rot caused by Phytophthora and aphanomyces. It had already been registered Canada-wide […] Read more


pea plants in stubble

Aphanomyces hurting pea yield for Sask. producer

After repeated aphanomyces problems, Bernie McLean 
is taking a break from growing peas

Bernie McClean usually has a positive outlook on everything. But after three years of dealing with aphanomyces, he’s taking a break from peas. “It’s just too risky. I can’t afford the risk,” says McClean over a cup of coffee at his farm, which sits between Glaslyn and Medstead in northwestern Saskatchewan. Up until two weeks […] Read more



pea crop

Up seed rate to add pea yield

Prairie researchers looks at the costs and benefits of combinations 
of four pea input treatments. Try their results on your farm

While individual aspects of field pea production have been researched, combined agronomic factors have not been evaluated simultaneously before. Led by Laryssa Grenkow, research manager at Western Applied Research Corporation, a team of researchers, including Eric Johnson, Anne Kirk, Stewart Brandt, Sherrilyn Phelps, Chris Holzapfel and Bryan Nybo, determined which agronomic practices contribute most to […] Read more


root rot in a pea plant

Minimizing the impact of Aphanomyces

There are no in-crop solutions to root rot in peas and lentils. But there 
are ways to minimize your risk of losing yield to Aphanomyces

Given the wet springs and dry summers we’ve seen in recent years, Aphanomyces euteiches — Aphanomyces root rot — has become a real problem for pea and lentil growers. First confirmed in Saskatchewan in 2012 and then in Alberta in 2013, the disease has been slowly creeping across the country, destroying crops in its wake. Making […] Read more



Root rot can be diagnosed, but confirmation may come too late

Root rot caused by aphanomyces can cause yield problems in peas. 
There’s no easy treatment, but farmers can still take preventative steps

It was early in the 2012 growing season when Bernie McClean realized something was wrong with one of his pea fields. The field had been seeded to peas several times over the years, but in 2012 the crop was “going backwards,” McClean, a Medstead-area farmer, said in an interview. Patches of plants were stunted. As […] Read more