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Faba bean is not susceptible to root rot.

Would faba beans fit in your crop rotation?

Faba beans have potential, but markets are still feeling facing growing pains

As diseases take a bite out of western Canadian crops, farmers are looking for new rotation options. “Faba bean is not susceptible to root rot. Quinoa is not susceptible to fusarium. So it’s two crops that we can grow over here that may fit well into our rotation,” says Brad Goudy, owner of Goudy Ag […] Read more

Saskatchewan Pulse Growers studies market for faba beans

A professional look at the market potential for faba beans finds some long-term options

When economist Joe Feyertag joined LMC International, everyone was focused on vegetable oils, he told CropSphere delegates. “Biofuel mandates were going up across the world.” But Feyertag and his colleagues are doing quite a bit of work analyzing markets for lentils and other pulses these days, he said, as the plant protein market grows. “That’s […] Read more


Some Prairie pulses’ limited releases under review

Saskatchewan Pulse Growers wants your opinion on how they release pulse varieties through exclusive tenders. The grower group contributes levy funds to the University of Saskatchewan’s Crop Development Centre pulse breeding program. In return, Sask Pulse holds exclusive commercial rights to varieties developed in the program. Most new varieties are released royalty-free to seed growers […] Read more

For the past 10 years we have been growing fababeans on irrigation in southern Alberta and have found them to be an asset to our rotation and crop diversity.

See if fababeans fit on your farm

Greg Stamp shares his per acre costs to help you decide if fabas might work for you

As you crunch the numbers on the net returns on each of your crops brought to your farm this season take a look at the benefits of growing fababeans on your farm. For the past 10 years we have been growing fababeans on irrigation in Southern Alberta and have found them to be an asset […] Read more


Dryness stalls Sask., Alta. fababeans

CNS Canada — Fababeans are increasing in popularity across the Prairies, but much like other crops in Alberta and Saskatchewan, dry weather is taking its toll — and if it continues, yield could be impacted. Fababeans require a lot of moisture to produce well, according to Dale Risula, a Saskatchewan provincial specialist for special crops […] Read more

This is a screen shot of part of Brad Hanmer’s farm near Govan, Sask. from a video taken by a camera-equipped drone operated by Greg Adelman of Crop Command Agronomy Ltd.

Mother Nature, as usual, holds all the cards for farmers

Farmers are optimistic about the growing season, as long as
 the weather doesn’t tip too far either way

While the spring seeding outlook was generally good as of late April, farmers in different parts of the Prairies described being close to feast-or-famine conditions as they planned to get the 2015 crop in the ground. Producers from mid-Saskatchewan and east were hopeful about getting the crop in as long as it didn’t rain, while […] Read more


They key is to seed early so that beans mature before the lygus bugs can cause damage.

Watch for lygus bug damage on faba beans

The insects leave a black spot which is discounted by export customers

Central Alberta farmers planning to sell low-tannin faba beans for export will need to beware of lower tolerance levels for lygus bug damage. Snowbird is a low-tannin variety of faba beans commonly sold into the human market overseas. Parkland Alberta Commodities, a grain buyer based in Innisfail, Alberta, set the tolerance level for lygus bug-damaged […] Read more