January 27, 2021
- Pulse Beat – Fall/Winter Issue
- Communications and Policy Update
- MPSG Annual General Meeting
- Hot Topics in Commodities Webinars
- Saskatchewan Pulse Growers Premiere Pulse Virtual Series
Pulse Beat magazine is the official MPSG publication sent to our membership three times each year. We present to you issue #92, which is full of timely winter topics.
This issue’s Bean Report article, 2020 Scouting Notes and Season Overview by Laura Schmidt, MPSG Production Specialist – West, summarizes what left the biggest impressions on our agronomy team in 2020, including heavy rainfall events, our hindsight view of fungicide application, early fall frost in Westman and much more.
Have you ever wondered who the masterminds are behind Manitoba’s Diversification Centres and what they are up to these days? MPSG’s Toban Dyck connected with the diversification specialists at WADO, CMCDC, PCDF and PESAI to give us an up-close look at the value these centres provide through research.
For the latest information on soybean protein, check out the back-to-back articles by University of Manitoba researchers Dr. Charles Grant on the current status of protein discounts on Manitoba-grown soybeans, and Da Shi and Dr. James House on their examination of critical amino acid values and how to overcome the soybean discounts.
We keep the On-Farm Network results rolling as Megan Bourns, MPSG On-Farm Network Agronomist, sums up the economic results from 75 seeding rate trials conducted to-date. Do higher seeding rates pay? Give this one a read to find out.
Are you considering growing peas in 2021 and curious about Aphanomyces root rot? Dr. Syama Chatterton, AAFC Plant Pathologist and expert on this disease, tells us all we need to know – how it behaves, how to identify it and how to manage it.
Other articles with noteworthy research and production information:
- Field Pea Breeding at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada by DJ Bing, AAFC – Lacombe
- Collaborating Together While Being Apart – A behind-the-scenes look at interdisciplinary soybean crop-rotation research during the 2020 pandemic by Dr. Yvonne Lawley, University of Manitoba
- Embracing Change… At Home and in the Field – An update from the soybean and pulse agronomy research program by Kristen MacMillan, MPSG Agronomist-In-Residence at the University of Manitoba
- Managing Herbicide-Resistant Weeds – Recap of MPSG Webinar in July Given by Dr. Charles Geddes (AAFC – Lethbridge)
Communications and Policy Update
Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers will be holding its AGM via a virtual platform, this year. In addition to our standard agenda, a members’ vote on proposed amendments to the association’s by-laws will take place. Please visit our website and sign-up for our AGM, if you haven’t already done so. The deadline to register is February 3.
CropConnect committees have been working with technology partners to ensure that all the features of a typical, in-person AGM will be a part of this year’s, as well.
MPSG’s focus has also been on working with industry partners to plan a new round of coordinated research projects in anticipation of the 2023 expiration of the current CAP funding period.
MPSG’s communications department, which, in an association our size, accounts for nearly every staff member and has been busy producing Pulse Beat and Pulse Beat: The Science Edition (issue #5 coming soon), as well as a slate of resources, On-Farm Network videos and other extension materials.
We hope you’re enjoying the Working for You 2021 wall calendar. Stay attuned to our website, social media channels (Twitter, Instagram and Facebook), Pulse Beat and The Bean Report for information on our photo contest for next year’s calendar, and for updates on events/webinars and what our summer extension plan will/can look like.
MPSG has a scheduled consultation meeting with MASC in February. If you have suggestions for what you’d like us to bring to that discussion, please don’t hesitate to be in contact.
MPSG is also participating in the Code of Practice discussions and consultations taking place across Canada. We are involved in this process through the policy-focused groups that we support, such as Soy Canada, Pulse Canada, Keystone Ag Producers and others. MPSG feels its role in such conversations is to ensure the interests of our pulse and soybean farmer members are being represented. There is opportunity for farmers to get involved in this process, as well, and we urge you to do so. Visit responsiblegrain.ca for more information.
The Province of Manitoba has issued a request for proposal (RFP) to review its Crop Diversification Centres. The current funding models, which represent a relationship between public and private dollars, expire in 2023. MPSG will be taking part in this process in whatever ways it can, as we believe these Centres to be a great vehicle through which MPSG, universities and other commodity groups can conduct and extent region-specific research and production information to farmers.
We’ve teamed up with Glacier Farm Media to bring you two webinars – one featuring Kristen MacMillan (University of Manitoba) on soybean agronomy and research updates (Feb. 18), and another featuring Dr. Syama Chatterton (AAFC) on root rots in pulses (Mar. 4).
Visit the links to check out the webinars lined up for other commodities.
Saskatchewan Pulse Growers Premiere Pulse Virtual Series
Join SPG each Tuesday morning for seven weeks as they cover important topics for each pulse crop, and also for pulse markets. Sessions occur Tuesday mornings from 9:30 – 11:30 AM.