Alberta-grown pulse crops aren't just good for the soil; they’re also good for your bottom line. Grown across the province in a variety of production systems, pulses – which include peas, beans, chickpeas, lentils, and faba beans – reduce your input costs and spread your workload at seeding and harvest, making them the perfect fit for any sustainable farm.
With our crop management guidelines, variety information, and market insights, Alberta Pulse Growers will show you just how good pulses are. Surprisingly good, in fact.
Click here to view the Root Rot in Peas and Lentils in Western Canada document updated for December 2016. Root rot in peas and lentils is caused by a complex of diseases that affect the belowground portion of the developing plant, leading to poor performing pulse crops. The organisms that cause the disease are seed or soil-borne and can infect the plant at any stage. Unfortunately once root rot has set in, there is nothing that can be done. Understanding the disease, identifying the risks for root rot infection, and thorough planning for prevention are the only current options. APG, along with Saskatchewan Pulse Growers and Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers, have updated this document for growers, which includes 2016 Root Rot Survey results for the three provinces.
Pulse growers are advised to be aware of possible marketing restrictions that may arise from using certain crop protection products this season. More than 85% of Canada's pulse production is exported to feed the world. Market access is important to the Canadian pulse industry, and growers play a key role in keeping the doors open. Guidelines for specific products updated to May 2016 are now available. Click here for more information.
Updated information about growing and marketing pulse crops in Alberta is now available through the Pulse Online Database or PulsePOD. Click here to check it out.
The United Nations declared 2016 to be the International Year of Pulses (IYP2016). Click here to view the IYP2016 video. The goal of the year was to raise the profile of pulses and to celebrate the role of beans, chickpeas, lentils and other pulses in feeding the world. It was a galvanizing moment to draw together key actors to further the contributions pulses make to health, nutrition, and sustainability.
IYP2016 promoted broad discussion and cooperation at the national, regional and global levels to increase awareness and understanding of the challenges faced by pulse farmers, be they large scale farms or small land holders.
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