Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers Invest $1.4M into Soybean and Pulse Crop Research

Research investment will assess crop quality aspects and efficient input use

Carman, MB (April 23, 2015) – The Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers (MPSG) are investing $1.4M towards 25 new soybean, edible bean and field pea research projects in Manitoba in 2015. Increased collaboration and relationships within the soybean and pulse research community have led to targeted research projects aimed at improving the profitability of soybean and pulse crops for Manitoba farmers.

Specifically, new soybean research will investigate crop quality aspects, improve varietal traits and develop recommendations for efficient input use. Dry bean research will determine the optimum plant spatial arrangement, continue comparing variety suitability for direct harvest and characterize health benefits in adults and children. Novel field pea research will determine the optimum established plant stand and investigate on-farm intercropping. Research partners in 2015 include the University of Manitoba, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (Morden and Ottawa), the Food Development Centre, and Red River College. Several projects are being led by MPSG as well.

In addition to the new 2015 approved research, MPSG has a current investment of $4.5M to support over 60 ongoing research projects valued at nearly $13.7M. More information on the MPSG Research Program is available here.

The list of approved research for 2015 includes the following:


  • Effect of seed treatment on soybean productivity
  • Effect of lower seeding rates on soybean yields – expanding sites in western Manitoba
  • Evaluation of soybean breeding lines for iron deficiency chlorosis (IDC) resistance
  • Variation in soybean seed quality parameters: the Manitoba advantage
  • Soybean protein content variation among genotypes grown in Morden and Ottawa
  • Soybean special input trial
  • Evaluating the effect of simulated hail damage on soybean late planting of early-maturing soybeans in Manitoba
  • Soybean inoculant trial

Dry beans

  • Optimizing plant spatial arrangement and weed management for dry beans
  • Consumer taste testing of recipes containing pulses
  • Pinto fungicide trial
  • Suitability of pinto and navy bean varieties for direct harvest
  • Developing pulse-based shelf stable chili using retort processing technology
  • Effect of whole cooked beans and peas on satiation, satiety and food intake in children
  • Extraction and functional characterization of cholesterol-binding indigestible proteins from Manitoba-grown pulses
  • Dry bean regional variety trials
  • Effect of black and navy beans on blood vessel function and modelling

Field peas, faba beans and other pulses

  • Field pea seeding rate and fungicide trial
  • Pea-Canola intercropping
  • Supporting pea and faba bean variety development
  • Pulse coated cheese variety study
  • The development of a pulse based protein drink mix for the vegan athlete

About MPSG

MPSG represents 3,500 producers in Manitoba who grow soybeans, edible beans, peas, faba beans, lentils and chickpeas. MPSG’s mission is to provide grower members with production knowledge and market development support, through focused research, advocacy and linkages with industry partners.

For more information, contact:

Kristen Podolsky
Production Specialist