GFM Network News


Video details pre-harvest timing for peas

Alberta Pulse Growers has posted a video on its website on pea staging. The video by the organization’s research manager, Jenn Walker, looks at desiccation and pre-harvest timing. It was shot last summer in a field that had some areas where plants were about 80 per cent brown and therefore ready for desiccation. But other […] Read more

Pulse weekly outlook: Canadian lentil prices remain stable

MarketsFarm – Early summer was characterized by concerns that dry, hot weather across the Canadian Prairies would impede lentil yields. However, recently improved growing conditions meant lentil crops have stayed largely stable. “It’s a completely different scenario now than it was two weeks ago,” said Darwin Hamilton of Kalshae Commodities in Winnipeg. “A month ago […] Read more


Pulse weekly outlook: Benchmark report out for fababeans, feed peas

MarketsFarm — Alberta Pulse Growers on Monday released Feed Benchmark Bi-Weekly Reports, providing “a consistent and unbiased estimate of the feeding value of low-tannin fababeans and feed peas” in central Alberta, central Saskatchewan and southern Manitoba. Comparing fababean and feed pea prices to other feed grains, the report stated, “Grains are softening further on the […] Read more



Erin Gowriluk new executive director of Grain Growers

Erin Gowriluk is the new executive director of the Grain Growers of Canada. Gowriluk has an extensive background in agriculture policy. She most recently worked for Syngenta Canada and prior to that was the policy analyst for Alberta Wheat and Alberta Barley. She also has worked for Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development. “A strong leader, […] Read more

One of the pulse research projects will look at yield loss in peas caused by root rot.

Crop Commissions fund pulse, canola research

Pulse and canola research is getting a boost from Alberta. Alberta Pulse Growers is putting $2.4 million into Pulse Science Cluster projects, a collaborative effort of the three Prairie commissions, their Ontario counterpart, and Pulse Canada. Among the projects are disease resistance in early-maturing bean lines for Alberta; genetically improved field pea varieties and germplasm; […] Read more


Pulse expert Mark Olson checks a fababean plant for nodules.

Profitable Pulses: Don’t hesitate — inoculate, says pulse expert

Applying inoculant is an inexpensive — and essential — way to make sure pulse crops fix nitrogen

Thinking of saving a few bucks by not inoculating your pulse crops? Don’t, says a pulse research agrologist. Most growers recognize the benefits of rhizobium inoculant (the bacteria present in both soil and commercial inoculant) in fixing all-important nitrogen in the soil. However, when it comes to cost cutting, some may be tempted to forgo […] Read more

Allison and Mike Ammeter both serve on commission boards and both say they’ve seen the difference those organizations make.

Those who serve make a difference — for you and other farmers

Serving on a farm group’s board won’t earn you a medal, but the work benefits the ag sector

For Allison and Mike Ammeter, being a farmer goes far beyond actual farm work. “Farming is a whole lot more than putting seed in the ground and harvesting it,” said Allison Ammeter, who farms alongside her husband near Sylvan Lake. “A lot of it is looking at the really big picture — provincially, nationally, and […] Read more


Dry bean breeder wins Alberta Pulse Industry Innovator Award

Hans-Henning Muendel is the winner of the fourth annual Alberta Pulse Industry Innovator Award. “Dr. Muendel dedicated his career to developing the dry bean cultivars that now set the standard for small red, black, pinto, and great northern cultivars in Western Canada,” said D’Arcy Hilgartner, chair of Alberta Pulse Growers. In 1996, there weren’t any […] Read more

Small-plot trials are designed to account for different variables, but producers put more trust in field-scale testing. Researchers are now developing protocols for conducting field-scale trials to see if they bear out the results from small-plot studies.

Scaling up: How to take small-size research from plot to field

Many farmers are skeptical of small-plot research results, 
but proper protocols are needed to scale up to a field level

Farmers are making some pretty big decisions off test strips — and that scares JP Pettyjohn. “We could flip a coin and pretty much come up with the same answer,” said Pettyjohn, a crop technology instructor at Lakeland College. “I don’t want an answer. I want the right answer.” Small-plot trials have been widely used […] Read more