The Bean Report

The Bean Report – March 24, 2021

March 24, 2021

Pulse Beat – Spring Issue

The latest issue of Pulse Beat magazine is now available. Issue #93 highlights current activity in the pulse and soybean industry, research updates and some key info for the start of the 2021 growing season.

Feature Articles

We’ve gathered info on the top pest concerns for pulse and soybean crops in The Bean Report: Pest Priorities for 2021, by Cassandra Tkachuk, an article on the insect outlook for Manitoba by John Gavloski and in Managing Kochia in Pulses and Soybeans by Laura Schmidt.

Applying the 5% Rule to Soybean Production by Kristen MacMillan offers a summary of best management practices for soybeans in Manitoba, a summary of expected yield responses to different management practices and scenarios that demonstrate how small changes can really pay off.

And the Westman Agricultural Diversification Organization (WADO) provides us with an update on pea intercropping research in Manitoba from current studies initiated by Roquette. Find out which crops performed well when intercropped with peas, at what seeding rates and how they penciled out economically.

Additional Noteworthy Articles

Soybean and Pulse Agronomy Lab 2019-2020 Annual Report

The soybean and pulse agronomy lab is led by Agronomist-In-Residence, Kristen MacMillan, at the University of Manitoba. The focus of this MPSG-funded research program is on applied research to provide results that are directly applicable to the farm. This annual report contains summaries of 15 research trials in Manitoba from 2019 to 2020 on soybean, dry bean and field pea agronomy. Read the full report here.

On-Farm Network Update: Seeking Participants

Are you a dry bean farmer with questions about nitrogen nutrition? We are in search of farmers who want to experiment with N fertilizer rates to discover the best practice for both yield and the bottom line. We are also in search of farmers interested in inoculant products for dry beans. If this is something you have thought about for your farm, let us know.

Check out the full list of 2021 on-farm trial options. Or, reach Megan at 204-751-0439 (call or text) or for more information!


Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) Tax Credit

Communications, Market and Policy Update

  • ETG Commodities has purchased Globeways Canada’s edible bean processing facility in Plum Coulee, Manitoba. “The Plum Coulee facility will support ETG North America’s growth and leadership in the rapidly expanding market for dry edible beans,” says Rav Kapoor, CEO of ETG North America in a news release. Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers (MPSG) anticipates developing a relationship with the company, as it sets roots in Manitoba.
  • MPSG continues to be involved in the Canadian Grains Act review process, as well as the other in-progress consultations, many of which are being led by the national agricultural groups.
  • MPSG is in the process of determining what its summer extension program will look like amid evolving COVID-19 protocols.
  • Stay tuned to MPSG’s various channels for updates on how we plan on extending important research and production information to you throughout the season.
  • We hope you’re using your Working for You 2021 calendar and that you’re taking some great photographs for our photo contest (see Pulse Beat for details).
  • The spring issue of Pulse Beat has been delivered to our farmer members, and the summer edition is around the corner.

Pulse Canada Dry Bean and Faba Bean Survey

Pulse Canada is working to assess the environmental impact of Canadian navy, pinto, red kidney and faba bean production. The information gathered during this study will help position Canadian dry beans and faba beans as foods with a low environmental footprint. The survey will be open until March 31.

Hot Topics in Commodities Recorded Webinars

  • Putting Soybeans to Work on Your Farm – Kristen MacMillan (U of M)
    • Seeding dates, hail damage, IDC, seed depth, foliar fungicide, and inter- and relay-crop systems
  • The Complex Take Behind Root Rot in Peas – Dr. Syama Chatteron (AAFC)
    • Pathogens behind pea root rot and management options
  • Dry Bean Agronomy Update – Kristen MacMillan (U of M)
    • Nitrogen rates, inoculants, crop sequence and residue management practices

New! Faba Bean Insect and Disease Scouting Calendar

This brand new fact sheet was developed to assist faba bean growers with pest scouting in Manitoba. This resource lists the possible insect and disease pests that can be found in faba bean crops in Manitoba, the timelines in which they can be found and each pest’s potential impact on production and quality. In print, this resource can be found on the reverse side of the Faba Bean Growth Staging Guide.

Similar scouting calendars are also available for soybeans, field peas and dry beans.