June 2017 On Point

SPG Board of Directors Profile
Brad Blackwell, Director

Brad Blackwell joined the SPG Board in 2017. He operates a family farm at Dinsmore where they grow 8,000 acres of lentils, chickpeas, soybeans, flax, and wheat. Pulse crops account for approximately 33 per cent of their acres. Brad has been an active member of the Dinsmore Kinsmen Club since 1995, as well as a part of Telemiracle 27-31. He currently serves on SPG’s Research and Development Committee and is Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee.

Feed Benchmark Reports

Saskatchewan and Alberta Pulse Growers provide information and estimates of the feeding value of dry peas and faba beans in Western Canada, based on the value of competing feed ingredients in swine rations on a bi-weekly basis. Models have been updated to reflect the latest nutrient
compositions of feed ingredients, which is done periodically. For the latest feed prices for Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Manitoba visit the Markets section of saskpulse.com.

Upcoming Events

Crop Insurance Deadlines
June 2017

Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation (SCIC) reminds its customers of the following deadlines: 

  • June 21 – Yield Loss Coverage begins. Full yield-loss coverage beings on establishment spring and fall-seeded crops.
  • June 25 – Seeded Acreage Reports on all crops due. If acres are too wet to seed, this is the deadline for Unseeded Acreage claims.
  • June 25 – Deadline to report any stored grain, to avoid it being counted as new production in the event of a claim.

SCIC also reminds customers that, to be insurable, a crop is expected to reach a reasonable level of maturity before the final fall frost date in your area. If you are unsure about a crop or variety, please talk to a customer service office. Visit saskcropinsurance.com to learn more.

Pulses 2017 Conference
July 10–13, 2017 Vancouver

For the first time ever, the Global Pulse Confederation and Canadian Special Crops Association are bringing their annual conferences together for the biggest event the pulse industry has ever seen - the Pulses 2017: The Future of Food Convention. This event is a place where pulse buyers, traders, and producers from around the world can meet. For more information, or to register, please visit Pulses 2017 website at pulses2017.com.

Field Days

Field days are coming, and here is a complete list of all field days happening across Saskatchewan this summer:

  • Western Applied Research Corporation (WARC) Annual Field Day - July 12, Scott, SK
  • Wheatland Conservation Area Field Day - July 13, Swift Current, SK
  • Irrigation Crop Diversification Corporation (ICDC) Field Day - July 13, Outlook, SK
  • East Central Research Farm (ECRF) Field Day - July 13, Yorkton, SK
  • Indian Head Crop Management Field Day - July 18, Indian Head, SK
  • Ag in Motion - July 18-20, Langham, SK
  • South East Research Farm (SERF) Field Day - July 19, Redvers, SK
  • NARF/AAFC Field Day - July 26, Melfort, SK
  • Crop Diagnostic School - July 25 & 26, Indian Head, SK

For more information about these field days, visit the Events tab at saskpulse.com.

Pulses at 2017 Ag in Motion
July 18-20, 2017

Visit Saskatchewan Pulse Growers at Site 314 during Ag in Motion. Chat with agronomists, grab a pulse snack, and see:

  • Nearly 55 current and up-and-coming pulse varieties
  • Inoculant demonstrations on pulses
  • Live demonstrations showcasing
  • Management of herbicide resistant weeds – focusing on options for peas, lentils, and soybeans, including herbicide layering and more
  • Nutrient management in pulses – focusing on nitrogen, phosphorus, and balanced fertility programs

Visit saskpulse.com or aginmotion.ca for more information on this event.

Pulse Agronomy Webinar: Grading Your Pulses
October 13, 2017
Saskatchewan Pulse Growers invites you to learn more about the basics of grading your pulses, featuring guest speaker Joey Vanneste from the Canadian Grain Commission. Online registration for this event is now open, so visit the Events section of saskpulse.com.

SPG Board Election

If you or someone you know is interested in running for Saskatchewan Pulse Growers Board of Directors, see the Board Elections page for more information and for a nomination form. The deadline for nominations is Friday, September 15, 2017