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Field pea pioneer wins innovator award

A pioneer who helped build the field pea industry in the St. Paul area is this year’s winner of the Alberta Pulse Industry Innovator Award. Kirsty Ross (Piquette) was a provincial district agriculturist in the mid-1980s when she started to look for another option to add to the area’s crops and generate more cash flow […] Read more

Producers may not give peas a chance next year

Lentil acreage may also decline as India’s tariffs and tough growing conditions take a toll

Some Alberta producers could become former pulse growers next year if the markets don’t turn around soon. “It’s the third year in a row that they’ve been at the bottom of the net income,” said Josh Fankhauser, who farms near Claresholm. “The math just doesn’t work.” Yellow peas have been part of Fankhauser’s rotation for […] Read more

Green and yellow peas in white bowls

Peas are a bit of bright spot in a gloomy year for pulses

Market watchers say peas have some support but India’s tariffs will weigh heavily for quite a while

It’s a bad pun, but there is a bit of a case to ‘give peas a chance’ this year. “Peas are looking better than lentils. If I had to bet on one versus the other, I would probably favour peas,” said Chuck Penner of LeftField Commodity Research. “The reason for that is we hear all […] Read more

Root rot rears its ugly head — and there’s no treatment

Peas are the biggest concern and even when fields look OK, root rot can still be there

Pulse acres have increased in Alberta this year, but unfortunately root rot has increased as well. “We’re hearing and seeing evidence of pretty extreme root rot in pulses, especially peas,” said Mike Harding, research scientist and plant pathologist with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. “It doesn’t look like it’s going to be a great year for […] Read more

New root rots slamming Alberta pea growers

Producers across the Prairies are facing devastating losses in their pea crops — and new species of root rots may be to blame

On bad years — those with cool, wet springs; years like this one — Donald Mueller is lucky if his pea fields yield three bushels an acre. He’ll make back his seed and not much else, losing north of $400 an acre in inputs. Still, the good years have made up for the bad, so […] Read more