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Alberta producers seeded an extra 200,000 acres this year and the decision looks like it will pay off at harvest time.

After two lacklustre years, Alberta’s pulse prospects rising again

Market access woes hurt acreage but there’s cautious optimism this summer

Reading Time: 6 minutes Last year was a low point for pulse crops in Alberta. After record-high pulse acres in 2016, global markets slipped a little in 2017, and farmers got nervous. Fewer pulses went in the ground that year. Then top customer India all but closed its doors to Canadian pulses by imposing steep tariffs, and acres dropped […] Read more

Pulses continue to have a bright future but in the short term, lentil and pea acreages look like they will continue to decline.

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

Reading Time: 4 minutes 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

Indiana-based Enjoy Life Foods in 2012 launched Plentils, a high-protein snack product made with lentil powder and billed as “chips with benefits.” (

Pulse crop strategy aims to broaden pulse demand

A new market development goal for Canada’s pulse crop industry hopes to create demand in use categories where pulses aren’t yet a major player. Pulse Canada’s board on Wednesday released a new target dubbed “25 by 2025,” under which the Canadian pulse crop grower/processor industry “will marshal its resources to create new demand in new […] Read more

PULSES: India throws cold water on US inspection proposal

PULSES: India throws cold water on US inspection proposal

Winnipeg, Oct 29. – Following are a few highlights in the Canadian and world pulse markets on Thursday morning, October 29. –   Prices for chickpeas in Northwestern India have risen to such high levels that they are starting to cut into planting areas traditionally reserved for rapeseed, according to reports out of the country. Temperatures […] Read more