The Bean Report

The Bean Report – February 9, 2021

February 9, 2021

Pulse Beat – The 2021 Science Edition 

This special edition, science-oriented Pulse Beat reveals the breadth and depth of MPSG’s research investments, including details from projects conducted in laboratories, field trials and the On-Farm Network. Inside you will find farmer-focused research results intended to improve crop yield and quality, pest control, build soil health and drive market demand.

This issue marks the conclusion of several dry bean research projects – evaluating row width and plant density, mechanical weed control tools and the results of adapting azuki beans to Manitoba, to name a few. Within, you’ll also find a two-part on-farm project evaluating the economics of land rolling and its impact on wind erosion.

Take a look through the table of contents below and see if any of these research projects peak your interest. Or, take a walk through previous issues of the Science Edition here.

2021 Science Edition Articles:

  1. Pulse and Soybean Regional Variety Testing
  2. Azuki Beans – An Alterntaive Pulse Crop in Manitoba
  3. Soybean Response to Potassium Fertilization in Manitoba
  4. Evaluating Row Width and Plant Density for Dry Beans
  5. Plant Density Effects on Shade Avoidance and Yield of Navy Beans
  6. Novel Mechanical Weed Control Tools for Weed Management in Dry Beans
  7. Manitoba Survey and Molecular Quantification of Soybean Cyst Nematode
  8. On-Farm Evaluation of the Impact of Rolling Soybeans on Wind Erosion
  9. On-Farm Evaluation of the Economics of Rolling Soybeans
  10. Residue Management Before Growing Soybeans
  11. Processing Effects on the Cholesterol-Lowering Benefits Associated with Eating Beans
  12. Reducing Blood Sugar with Beans – Defining the Minimum Serving
  13. Performance of Pea vs. Cellulose Fibre in White Bread

Read the full issue here.

Communications and Policy Update

  • MPSG is representing its farmer-members’ interests during the Responsible Grain Code of Practice consultations, which we are directly involved in as an organization, and we’re indirectly involved in through our affiliations with provincial and national agricultural groups.
  • Go to for information on the proposed code and for information on how to get involved and/or contact consultation organizers. We encourage you, as farmers, to express your opinions on the proposed code, both for the benefit of the consultations themselves and so that we can best represent you throughout the process.
  • MPSG will be pursuing ways to deepen its already strong relationship to Soy Canada in the coming months, using the effective way we’re able to work with Pulse Canada as a model.
  •  MPSG is keeping a close eye on the review of the Canadian Grains Act review, as well as province’s call to review its Diversification Centres.
  • MPSG’s Board of Directors are briefed on and engaged with the various policy issues the organization tackles, ensuring the voice of Manitoba’s pulse and soybean farmers is heard.
  • On the consumer side, MPSG will be meeting with Great Tastes of Manitoba  (a popular MB program MPSG helps sponsor) in the coming weeks to discuss 2021 programming.
  • Watch for the spring issue of Pulse Beat in your mailboxes in early March

Upcoming Soybean & Pulse Webinars and Virtual Events

NDSU’s Soybean Getting it Right Meeting

February 17, 2021 at 8:30 to 11:00 a.m.

Hot Topics in Commodities Webinar: Soybean Session

February 18, 2021 at 11 a.m.
An update from the pulse and soybean agronomy lab. Hear the latest Manitoba-based research results for soybeans:
  • optimum soybean seeding dates and seed depth,
  • impact of iron deficiency chlorosis on yield,
  • and the relative importance of environment and management practices on soybean yield and quality.

Your Fields, Your Results: Findings from the On-Farm Network

February 26, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Brought to you by the Manitoba Crop Alliance and Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers, this one-hour webinar will cover results from the On-Farm Network.

Join the network discussion following the results presentations to share any comments, questions, anecdotes or observations from your farm.

Hot Topics in Commodities Webinar: Pulses Session
March 4, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.

  • The Complex Take Behind Root Rot in Peas from Dr. Syama Chatteron, AAFC
    • Pathogens behind pea root rot and management options
  • Dry Bean Agronomy Update from Kristen MacMillan, U of M
    • Nitrogen rates, inoculants, crop sequence and residue management practices for dry beans in Manitoba

Save the Date – Soybean Industry Meeting

March 9, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

8:50 Welcome
9:00 Weed Issues in Soybeans
9:30 Soybeans in Swan River
9:45 Soybeans in Eastern MB
10:00 MPSG Update
10:30 Soybean Insects Update
11:00 Soybean Industry Overview and Q&A Session

Saskatchewan Pulse Growers – Premiere Pulse Virtual Series
February 23, 2021 – Soybeans

– View the full session agenda here.
– Register for the session here.

March 2, 2021 – Pulse Market Outlooks
– View the full session agenda here.
– Register for the session here.

March 9, 2021 – Dry Beans
– View the full session agenda here.
– Register for the session here.

March 16, 2021 – Faba Beans
– View the full session agenda here.
– Register for the session here.

March 23, 2021 – Lentils
– View the full session agenda here.
– Register for the session here.