Root rot continues to be a priority for pulse growers and though work is being executed on creating varieties which can be extra proof against illnesses resembling aphanomyces, that actuality is probably going at the very least eight years away. Within the interim, growers are inspired to make use of a complete rotation schedule to finest fight root rot in mainstay crops resembling lentils and peas.
Sherrilyn Phelps, director of analysis and improvement for the Saskatchewan Pulse Growers, she joins us for this episode of Pulse Faculty the place we focus on new and novel pulse crops which can be being examined to see if they’d be a viable possibility for growers’ rotations. She talks about a few of the crops they’re researching all through the province.
“We now have some fava beans, chickpeas, dry beans that are effectively tailored to sure areas throughout the province. We don’t have soybeans in right here, however that’s one other legume. It’s extra of an oilseed, however it’s a legume. So nitrogen fixing crop that that has a few of the identical advantages as a put up crop and rotation. A number of the new novel ones that we’re right here on this specific undertaking are mung bean, there’s cow pee, fenugreek, and lupin,” says Phelps.
Fenugreek is already a crop present in Saskatchewan, nevertheless, solely in only a few acres. Phelps says lupins may very well be an excellent possibility for growers with extra acidic soil situations, if there’s a marketplace for the crop.
Take heed to the complete episode under to study extra about new and novel pulse varieties that might show to be good rotation choices for growers.