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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

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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

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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