By: Kaeley Kindrachuk, Regional Crops Specialist. Outlook
The 2016 growing season has wrapped up and planning is underway for spring; however, there are many questions around crop rotations and pest management, including what to grow and where. Disease, insects and herbicide resistant weeds were on the rise throughout the province last year. Producers are faced with the challenge of managing all of these pests in every crop, but recently there has been more concern in pulse crops. The drier spring last year slowed the growth of seedlings and cutworms took advantage of the susceptible crops. Disease symptoms appeared after, when the wet weather brought root rots in the peas and lentils and more precipitation and warm weather while the crop flowered made the fungicide application decisions difficult. In addition, the pea leaf weevil expanded its territory north and east of its usual area in the southwest. Producers also may not be sure of which variety of peas, lentils, soybeans, chickpeas or faba beans to grow in their area.
The 2017 upcoming Regional Pulse Meetings will address these concerns and others. Saskatchewan Agriculture has again partnered with the Saskatchewan Pulse Growers to host the meetings in four locations across the province.
January 30- Alex Dillabough Centre, Battleford
January 31- Civic Centre, Rosetown
February 1- Stockade Building, Swift Current
February 2- Evraz Place, Queensbury Downs, Salon B, Regina
Each meeting will have the same topics, but will be tailored to the specific location with regard to new and old crop options. Featured speakers include Sherrilyn Phelps and Glenda Clezy from Saskatchewan Pulse Growers who will discuss the best pulse crop options for each region. Barb Ziesman, Provincial Plant Disease Specialist with the Ministry of Agriculture will present on disease survey results from last year and what to look for going forward. Denis Tremorin from Pulse Canada will talk about the Field Print Calculator initiative and Bunyamin Tar’an and Tom Warkentin from the Crop Development Centre will present on new and existing varieties in pulse crops. In addition, Brian Clancey will provide a market outlook. These meetings also feature a tradeshow with information from seed growers, retailers, crop input companies and more. Each location will have different tradeshow exhibitors in attendance.
There is still time to register for the 2017 Regional Pulse Meetings - call the Agriculture Knowledge Centre at 1-866-457-2377.
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