June 2017 Executive Director’s Message

SPG launches in-field research and testing for pulse and soybean crops

The 2017 growing season is well underway as we enter into June, and over the course of the spring, we heard from growers that were still harvesting their 2016 crop before getting their 2017 seed in the ground. This issue of PulsePoint is intended to give growers the best information possible to help their pulse crops reach their full yield potential this summer.

The Statistics Canada’s seeding intentions report released in late April suggested that we will see a reduction in pulse acres across the province, which is not unexpected after last year’s record breaking acreage numbers, which were in part a result of record high prices for pulses. But while acres for some pulse crops will be lower, it is anticipated that soybean seeded area will continue to grow, with acres expected to reach 730,000. At SPG, we are working to ensure the investments that SPG makes help support the continued profitable growth of soybean acres in the province. This growing season, SPG is coordinating soybean variety trials to evaluate the performance of over 48 soybean varieties in locations including Scott, Melfort, Indian Head, Kamsack, Rosthern, Saskatoon, and more.

SPG is also conducting on-farm trials this summer studying soybean inoculant rates. The purpose of these trials is to replicate research in a number of regions across the province to come up with recommended practices that growers can directly adapt to their farms.

In addition to the work underway in soybeans, SPG is also investing in a number of small plot and field scale research trials at many research stations across the province. Some of these trials will evaluate if intercropping pulses with other crops can help manage disease and enhance weed control. One of the research trials at the Swift Current Agri- ARM site will be evaluating the protein levels of peas, faba beans, and soybeans, for use in livestock feed.

Also this summer, SPG is participating in the Ag in Motion tradeshow taking place in Langham, SK, July 18-20. SPG will be showcasing over 55 current and up-andcomingvarieties, and will be facilitating live demonstrations on how to manage herbicide resistant weeds including herbicide layering for peas, lentils, and soybeans. More information can be found on SPG’s website saskpulse.com, under News & Events. We hope to see you out at a field day or at Ag in Motion this summer.

Finally, I would like to draw your attention to our call for Director nominations for the SPG Board. We are looking for two Directors to join our board in 2018, and we hope that if you are passionate about the pulse industry in Saskatchewan, that you will consider putting your name forward. For more information on SPG’s election, or for a nomination form, please visit SPG’s website. The nominations deadline is 12:00 PM CST on Friday, September 15, 2017.

Carl Potts, Executive Director, cpotts@saskpulse.com, (306) 668-6676