The Bean Report

The Bean Report – October 28, 2020

OCTOBER 28, 2020

Harvest Summary

  • Harvest progressed quickly across Manitoba, aided by long stretches of dry weather.
  • Soybean yields ranged from 30 to 60 bu/ac, averaging around 40 to 45 bu/ac. Quality was good, despite some frost damage, and many soybeans were graded at No. 2 Canada.
  • Pea acreage increased this year. Yields ranged from 40 to 90 bu/ac with good quality, grading at No. 2 Canada across much of the province.
  • Dry bean yields were above average, ranging 1800 to 2500 lbs/ac with overall good quality.

2020 MASC Variety Market Share Report

Note: the percentages do not include pedigreed seed acreage.

Pulse & Soybean Storage

  • Pulses should be moved as little as possible and handled gently to reduce chipping and splits.
    • Use belt conveyors instead of augers if possible. If using augers, run the auger full and at a reduced speed.
    • Pea, dry bean and faba bean seed should not be handled at temperatures below -20 °C to prevent chipping and peeling.
  • Stored pulses should be monitored regularly for hot spots and other changes in moisture and temperature.
    • Generally, the lower the quality (and higher the level of fines, etc.) the more likely you’ll see formation of hot spots or localized areas of spoilage that may spread.
  • Sask Pulse Growers’ Post-Harvest Storage of Pulses factsheet for safe storage moisture and temperatures for soybeans, peas, dry beans and lentils.
  • Sask Ag and PAMI’s factsheets on Natural Air Drying and Grain Storage in Large Bins
  • Dr. Ken Hellevang’s Pulse Beat article: Enhancing Soybean Storage Starts with Harvest Moisture

Take a Tour of

Our website offers a one-stop-shop of the latest pulse and soybean information. In 2020 to-date, we have created or edited over 100 web posts. So even if you have visited our site, we would love for you to visit again!

A few resources that you can visit time and again:

  • Pulse Beat magazine – Each spring, summer and fall/winter issue in pdf and web post formats, containing info on MPSG business, announcements, market and policy, research and crop production, and yes, even recipes.
  • Pulse Beat – The Science Edition – Issues 1-4, containing single-page articles that summarize wrapped up research funded by MPSG. Issue 5 is currently in the works!
  • The Bean Report – Agronomic info fitted to your farming timeline throughout the year. Find a wealth of photos, links and recorded radio reports. You can expect to see a monthly fall/winter Bean Report now too.

Landing pages that open their own worlds of information:


Here you’ll find our stash of Bean Reports, production resources (i.e., guides and fact sheets), variety guides, pulse and soybean buyers list, online Bean App tool and much more. Recently added sections on each of the crops we represent – soybeans, dry beans, field peas and faba beans – serve as portals to crop-specific information.

On Farm Network

The place to visit if you are interested in conducting research on your own farm, or if you simply want to check out the results generated by others (which is freely available). Find a database of single-site research reports (from each farmer and each field), a list of trials and protocols to see what you’re getting into and a sign-up form to take the plunge!


A large part of what MPSG does is fund research designed to bring practical information back to the farm. Research comes in different forms, including discovery, applied and on-farm research. Check out the world of discovery and applied research in the database that lives here, including irons that are still in the fire and those that have cooled, ready for extension.

Market Update on U.S. Diquat MRL for Pulse Crops

  • The U.S. has harmonized the diquat maximum residue limit (MRL) for pulse crops with Canada at 0.9 ppm – an increase from the previous MRL of 0.05 ppm. You can see the official notice here.
  • Diquat has appeared on our Pulse MRL advisory for several years due to this misaligned MRL with the U.S.. Now it should be possible to remove diquat from this advisory.
  • Diquat is a group 22 herbicide used as a desiccant and is the active ingredient in Reglone, Reglone Ion, Desica, Armory 240, Diquat 240, Drifast, Stage, Guardsman Diquat, Craven, MPower Clone and Bolster.

Predicting Pea Root Rot Risk Into 2021

Dr. Syama Chatterton, Research Scientist at AAFC Lethbridge, discusses pea root rot during the 2020 growing season and how to manage risk in fields heading into the 2021 in this webinar recording, also available in this Pulse of the Prairies podcast.

SPG’s new fact sheets on Aphanomyces and pea root rot:

MPSG is hiring two Agronomy Assistants

Agronomy assistants will work primarily with the On-Farm Network to conduct field-scale research trials. Two positions are available, one based in eastern/central MB and one based in western MB. For the full job posting, qualifications and how to apply, please visit here: MPSG Agronomy Assistant Job Posting

Application Deadline: November 2, 2020

On-Farm Network Update

Another successful year of the OFN is almost in the books! A smooth harvest is bringing us to the end of our 9th season. This year we had a total of 57 trials, covering 16 different topics and four crops – soybeans, peas, dry beans and faba beans. We had a number of trials added to our already large database, such as soybean seeding rate and fungicide trials. We also had interest in trials that have been growing in popularity over the last couple of seasons, including soybean row spacing trials and those investigating a variety of biological products. And, we added some new trial types to the list as well, investigating questions about dry bean tillage systems and nitrogen fertility practices for pea protein management.

Some of the questions we are most looking forward to answering as we tackle analysis and interpretation of the 2020 data include:

  • Does additional N fertilizer increase protein content in peas?
  • Does late rolling in soybeans cause significant breakage and decrease yield?
  • In a year with more precipitation during pea flowering, do more trials have increased yield with fungicide application?
  • In a year of higher soybean yield potential, does row spacing have a greater impact on yield compared to a lower yield potential year?

Data analysis is ongoing, and we are in the process of compiling our 2020 single page reports. Each trial has its own unique report, outlining the findings from mid-season data collection as well as harvest. Once the 2020 reports are complete, we will add them to our single page report database.

Stay tuned to MPSG and OFN communications over the coming weeks to find out more! As always, if you have a burning pulse or soybean production question that you would like to turn into a trial, or if you are interested in conducting any of our ongoing trials on your farm, contact Megan at or 204-751-0439!

2020 On-Farm Network Locations and Trial Types

MPSG October Update

When you take your seat at the coffee shop, place your breakfast order and start listening to the latest news your fellow farmers are talking about, do you think to yourself: While these things could negatively affect my operation, I know that Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers (MPSG) is aware of them, and that my membership to the organization ensures my interests are being actively represented?

It is important to MPSG that you feel supported. We want you to know that if there’s a file, such as trade, business risk management programs, transportation, market access – you name it – we’re actively representing the interests of our farmer members… Read the full update here.

What MPSG’s field team has been working on this month:

  • Writing and gathering articles for the Fall/Winter edition of Pulse Beat magazine.
  • Collecting data from the pulse and soybean variety evaluation trials across Manitoba to create the 2020 Pulse & Soybean Variety Evaluation Guide.
  • Analyzing yield data from the 2020 On-Farm Network trials.
  • Reading through completed research reports to create the one-page summaries for Pulse Beat- The Science Edition.
  • Creating something special to be mailed out to farmer members this winter.

Harvest Sample Program

Looking for a second opinion on the grade of your harvested grain? Sign up for the Canadian Grain Commission Harvest Sample Program. You’ll receive a free harvest sample kit in the mail containing envelopes for your grain samples.

This program offers grading and protein testing, plus oil testing for soybeans. Keep the results of this test handy while marketing and delivering grain.

*Samples will be accepted until November 30.*