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Record prices are generating huge interest in pulse crops, but you’re also going to like the yield increase you’ll see in the subsequent crop, says a provincial pulse expert.

You’ll love this year’s prices — and next year’s yield bump

Studies have found crops grown after pulses have some 
eye-popping yield increases and other benefits, too

Record-high prices have many producers taking a closer look at pulse crops — but the full benefit may not be seen until next year. “There are some real advantages to crops that follow pulses in the rotation,” said Mark Olson, unit head for pulse crops at Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. “It’s widely documented in research […] Read more

Palatability is one of several factors to consider when buying pea straw.


Pea straw is a feed solution but it presents challenges

How much do you pay for it? And how do you use it in your ration?

A shortage of feed has prompted many producers to bale pea straw. “In travelling around Alberta, it seems that a lot of field pea straw has been baled,” said Mark Olson, unit head of pulse crops with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry in Stony Plain. “However, many producers selling or purchasing field pea straw for feed […] Read more