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Pinto prices strong, farmers weigh new-crop options

CNS Canada –– Manitoba pinto bean spot prices are holding steady near yearly highs, as adverse weather during the growing season scaled back production. “It was a pretty wet year, compared to the previous year,” said Dennis Lange, Manitoba Agriculture’s industry development specialist for pulse crops in Altona. Areas of southern Manitoba saw heavy rainfall […] Read more

Other Manitoba pulses may eat edible beans’ lunch

CNS Canada –– As insatiable demand for lentils, peas and other major pulses grows louder, so do expectations for more pulses to be planted in Manitoba. When it comes to edible beans, however, acreage is expected to go down slightly, not up. “We’re probably going to be around the 110,000-acre range — a bit down […] Read more


Man. edible bean harvest wraps up, hail damage evident

CNS Canada — Manitoba’s edible bean harvest is done, but markets are sitting little-traded and offering low prices to producers, analysts say. The effects of hail storms in south-central Manitoba are now apparent, said Dennis Lange, a farm production advisor with Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development at Altona. “It’s going to affect yields and […] Read more

Rain poses biggest threat to Man. edible beans

CNS Canada — Most of Manitoba’s edible bean crops are progressing with no complications — the only imminent threat being too much rain and moisture. Dennis Lange, farm production advisor for Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development at Altona, said most of the beans were planted at the end of May. “One of the biggest […] Read more



Alberta’s first bean grower Lud Prudek (right) was awarded the inaugural Alberta Pulse Industry Innovator Award by outgoing pulse growers’ president Richard Krikke (left) and Zone 1 chair Will Van Roessel.

Alberta’s first bean grower honoured with inaugural industry innovator award

The man who first introduced dry beans to Alberta has been recognized as an industry innovator by the very organization he helped form 25 years ago. Idaho farmer Lud Prudek received the inaugural Alberta Pulse Industry Innovator Award at the Alberta Pulse Growers’ recent annual general meeting. “We invited nominations for individuals and organizations that […] Read more