Todd Cowan, station manager of the Centralia Research Station.

Researchers expand tillage options related to dry beans

There are few weed control options for dry bean in conservation tillage

Reading Time: 3 minutes More than half of the dry bean trials at the Centralia Research Station are now done using strip tillage equipment.  “We want to go strip till, because that’s what we’re evaluating it for, growers who want to go strip till or minimum till. We want to be closest to the practices that growers are using […] Read more

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Pulse weekly outlook: StatsCan acres see little change

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Canadian pea and lentil acres only saw slight adjustments in the latest acreage estimates Tuesday from Statistics Canada, with little market news to draw in extra area since the previous report in April. “When you see all the hard commodities, their prices are fantastic. That’s the main reason why growers switch,” said Marcos […] Read more

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Pulse weekly outlook: Manitoba dry beans in good shape

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Despite temperatures ranging from near-freezing lows to sweltering highs and receiving little precipitation, Manitoba’s dry edible bean crop has weathered the conditions well, according to the province’s pulse specialist. “We’ve had some interesting weather over the last week to two weeks,” Dennis Lange, pulse specialist for Manitoba Agriculture at Altona, said, referring to […] Read more


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Pulse weekly outlook: Manitoba crops emerge despite dry soils

Beans 'tougher than people think'

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — While Manitoba continues to deal with drought conditions in many growing areas, planting of pulses and soybeans is near done and some pulses are starting to emerge. “Pea and fava bean seeding wrapped up a while ago,” said Cassandra Tkachuk, production specialist for Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers (MPSG). “Dry bean planting actually […] Read more


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Pulse weekly outlook: Seeding numbers may exceed USDA expectations

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) prospective plantings report, delivered March 31, provided a mixed bag for pulse growers in that country as far as the numbers are concerned. Some analysts, however, believe the actual acres seeded will top USDA’s projections. Increasing demand from China, India and a recovering domestic market have raised […] Read more


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Farmers retrieve beans from Global Grain

That will cut the amount of security money needed to cover what farmers are owed

Reading Time: 3 minutes The Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) is still tallying how much farmers are owed by Global Grain Canada Ltd. at Plum Coulee, Man. for dry beans they delivered to the firm but weren’t paid for. However, the potential for farmers not getting what they are owed has been reduced, CGC spokesman Remi Gosselin said in an […] Read more


A dry bean research plot at the Huron Research Station.

Desiccant options continue to decline for dry beans

Use of chemicals on dry beans increasingly depends on requirements of end users

Reading Time: 2 minutes Ontario dry bean growers continue to search for alternatives to use as a desiccant after buyers rejected the further use of glyphosate as a pre-harvest burndown in 2019. Limitations on other chemicals are beginning to follow. Why it matters: Farmers need to be vigilant on weed control with dry and edible beans as desiccant restrictions […] Read more

Good quality black bean samples have come in this fall, but plenty of “ugly stuff” has also been harvested.

Dry beans absorb major hit

Canadian production is down, but not much as in the United States

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – It has been a disastrous year for most areas in North America in dry bean production and that will eventually result in rising prices, says an industry executive. “Values to the farmer are slowly but surely going to improve and it don’t matter what class of bean you’ve got,” said Tim Courneya, […] Read more