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Pulse of the Prairies

Pulse of the Prairies

By Saskatchewan Pulse Growers

Welcome to Saskatchewan Pulse Growers' monthly podcast, Pulse of the Prairies, where each month we immerse ourselves in the topics that are important to pulse crop farmers. We will be chatting with pulse industry experts covering areas from market opportunities to market access and trade policy, innovative agronomic approaches to transportation, and everything in between.
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The Future of Pulse Breeding in Saskatchewan

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Meet Your Board Election Candidates
Meet Your Board Election Candidates
Voting has opened for SPG’s Board of Directors election. In this special podcast episode, we are airing interviews held with all five nominees so you can learn more about the candidates before casting your vote. Interviews were conducted by Neil Billinger, Agriculture Director of CJWW Radio on SPG's behalf. Tune in to learn more about the candidates and don't forget to cast your vote by November 30, 2022. Read candidate bios here. Growers will receive a voter package that will include a six-digit ID number, which is required for the electronic voting process. Voter packages will be mailed to registered pulse growers* in late October in a bright green envelope. Voting will open at 8:00 AM CST on November 1 at www.saskpulsevotes.com, remaining open until 4:30 PM CST on November 30. If growers prefer to vote with a paper ballot, the voter package will provide contact information to request a mail-in ballot. Important Dates: November 1, 2022 – Voting opens at 8:00 AM CST at www.saskpulsevotes.com November 30, 2022 – Voting closes at 4:30 PM CST January 9, 2023 – Saskatchewan Pulse Growers Annual General Meeting *A registered pulse grower is someone who has sold a pulse crop and paid levy to Saskatchewan Pulse Growers at any time since September 1, 2019.
14:14
November 01, 2022
Soil Sampling & Nutrient Management for Pulses
Soil Sampling & Nutrient Management for Pulses
Soil testing in the fall is a good way to determine fertility needs for the spring, and the key to a good fertility plan is a representative soil sample. In this episode SPG Agronomy Manager, Sarah Anderson, speaks with Dr. Diane Knight about different soil sampling methods, nutrient management, and how these topics relate to your pulse crop. Click here to read our new fact sheet on soil sampling.
43:49
September 13, 2022
Saskatchewan Pulse Harvest Update
Saskatchewan Pulse Harvest Update
In this episode Amanda Carlson, SPG’s Communications Manager, discusses the current state of Saskatchewan's pulse harvest season with Sarah Anderson, SPG Agronomy Manager. Sarah provides an update on the 2022 growing season, current harvest progress and the Glyphosate Testing Program newly launched. Learn more about the Harvest Sample Program Learn more about Pulse Canada's Glyphosate Testing Program
17:07
August 11, 2022
SPG & Limagrain Field Seeds' New Pulse Breeding Collaboration
SPG & Limagrain Field Seeds' New Pulse Breeding Collaboration
SPG & Limagrain Field Seeds are excited to announce a new collaboration for Pulse breeding in Saskatchewan. This new collaboration has a strong commercial focus and will bring new and additional investment into Pea and Lentil breeding locally in Saskatchewan, increasing competition, and creating a strong environment to foster innovation. In this episode Shaun Dyrland, SPG Chair, & Jason Reinheimer, Limagrain Field Seeds Head of Research for Cereals & Pulses, share more about the newly announced Pulse Breeding Collaboration including principles, priorities, and technology. Read more about this announcement: https://saskpulse.com/news-events/news/saskatchewan-pulse-growers-and-limagrain-field-seeds-forge-a-new-path-in-pl Watch the video: https://youtu.be/AHq6hBEPAEg
24:43
July 19, 2022
Keep Your Crops Export Ready
Keep Your Crops Export Ready
In this episode SPG’s Agronomy Manager, Sarah Anderson, talks to Greg Bartley, Director of Crop Protection & Crop Quality with Pulse Canada. Their discussion covers the 2022 Keep it Clean! Campaign including what growers need to know to keep their crops export-ready and updates to maximum residue limits.
35:42
June 20, 2022
Update on 25% by 2025 Market Development Strategy with Pulse Canada
Update on 25% by 2025 Market Development Strategy with Pulse Canada
In this episode Amber Johnson, SPG’s Director of Marketing & Communications, sits down with Dr. Julianne Curran, Vice President of Market Innovation with Pulse Canada. They discuss the Canadian pulse industry’s 25% x 2025 market development strategy and provide an update on how those goals are progressing.
24:53
May 09, 2022
Agronomic Outlook for Pulses
Agronomic Outlook for Pulses
In this episode Amanda Carlson, Communications Manager with SPG sits down with Sarah Anderson, Agronomy Manager with SPG. Sarah provides an on-farm agronomic outlook for pulses and what growers need to know as they prep for the 2022 seeding season.
17:52
April 13, 2022
Seed Testing 101
Seed Testing 101
In this episode, SPG’s Agronomy Manager, Sarah Anderson, sits down with Sandy Junek, co-owner and Molecular Lab Manager of Discovery Seed Labs. They discuss everything to do with seed testing, including how testing works, when to test seed, what to expect from test results, as well as trends from the 2021 annual seed survey. Read the latest article on the important of seed testing here.
23:54
February 14, 2022
2021 Pulse Promoter
2021 Pulse Promoter
In this episode, SPG’s Director of Research and Development, Sherrilyn Phelps, sits down with the 2021 Pulse Promoter Award winner, Dr. Bunyamin Tar’an, Professor at the University of Saskatchewan’s Crop Development Centre and Ministry of Agriculture Strategic Research Program Chair in Chickpea and Flax Breeding and Genetics. They discuss where Dr. Tar’an’s passion for pulses in Saskatchewan started, as well as his challenges and accomplishments in chickpea breeding. Read more about Dr. Tar'an's work here. 
33:35
January 10, 2022
Diving into the Faba Bean Weed Research Program & Outcomes
Diving into the Faba Bean Weed Research Program & Outcomes
This podcast episode features Dr. Chris Willenborg, Associate Professor, Plant Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan, and graduate student Amanda Fedorchuk, discussing some of the research objectives of faba bean seeding rate and herbicide considerations for weed control, and outcomes observed thus far from the trials. Read the accompanying research summary here. [Editor’s note: in this episode, all rates of active ingredients were measured in grams per hectare.]
25:55
December 22, 2021
Processing Technologies for Pulses
Processing Technologies for Pulses
In this episode, SPG’s Pulse Science Cluster Program Manager, Constance Chiremba, sits down with Mike Nickerson, Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture Research Chair and Professor with the University of Saskatchewan, James D. House, Professor of Food and Human Nutritional Sciences with the University of Manitoba, Lindsey Boyd, Technologist of Pulse Science Cluster, Cereals Canada, and Elaine Sopiwnyk, Vice-President Technical Services, Canadian International Grains Institute (CIGI). The team discusses their research into how processing strategies are being developed for innovative commercially-ready pulse ingredients, and how these processes can achieve pulse flour and protein specifications, with the required functionality and nutritional profiles needed for a wide range of applications like pasta, soups, dips and sauces, pan breads, meat binders, and meat alternatives. The outcomes of this work will result in important technical information for food manufacturers and is a key component in the Canadian pulse industry’s goal to diversify and create new markets and new uses for 25% of Canadian pulses by 2025, strengthening the demand for pulse ingredients and growers’ crops into high value markets. Read the accompanying article here.
21:50
November 15, 2021
Herbicide Carryover Risks & Considerations
Herbicide Carryover Risks & Considerations
In this episode, SPG’s Agronomy Manager Sarah Anderson is joined by Agronomy Extension Specialists from SaskWheat and SaskCanola, Haley Tetreault and Kaeley Kindrachuk, to host a collaborative discussion on herbicide carryover with Provincial Specialist in Weed Control, Clark Brenzil. Listen now to learn more about the risks and considerations pertaining to herbicide carryover, and read our new article on the topic at SaskPulse.com.
46:49
October 29, 2021
Meet Your Newly Acclaimed SPG Board Members
Meet Your Newly Acclaimed SPG Board Members
This episode features SPG’s Executive Director Carl Potts interviewing Shaun Dyrland who is returning for his second term on the board, Trent Richards who is returning for his third term, and new board member Mario Gaudet. Learn more about each of the members including why they chose to become involved with the board and what challenges and opportunities they see for Saskatchewan pulse growers.
15:35
October 12, 2021
Pulse Harvest & International Demand Update
Pulse Harvest & International Demand Update
This episode features SPG’s Agronomy Manager Sarah Anderson, Shaun Dyrland, SK pulse grower and SPG Board Chair, and Judy Elias, Operations Supervisor for the Canadian Grain Commission. They discuss the key considerations for selling pulse crops. As well, Amber Johnson, SPG’s Director of Marketing & Communications speaks with Jon Driedger, Vice President with LeftField Commodity Research, about how the Canadian pulse market fared this season, and what the future holds for global demand for Canadian pulses.
47:12
September 10, 2021
2021 Pulse Production Update
2021 Pulse Production Update
In this episode, SPG’s new Agronomy Manager Sarah Anderson discusses how pulse production has fared so far this growing season, highlighting what growers should watch for when scouting, and touches on pre-harvest intervals and harvest aid products for pulses.
17:21
July 16, 2021
How Pulse Processing Continues to Expand and Evolve in Western Canada
How Pulse Processing Continues to Expand and Evolve in Western Canada
Capacity and demand for Canadian pulse ingredients and fractions continues to expand in Western Canada. In this episode we dive into current and future processing capacity, specific market categories showing particular promise, interesting collaborative projects to fast-track the entire industry, and what growers should keep in mind to sell into and capitalize on these opportunities with a dynamic panel including Julianne Curran, Vice President of Market Innovation at Pulse Canada, Dominique Baumann, CEO at Roquette Canada, Dan Kraft, Vice President of Operations at Merit Functional Foods, and Murad Al-Katib, CEO at AGT Food & Ingredients.
56:32
June 07, 2021
2021 Seeded Acre Intentions and Global Pulse Outlook
2021 Seeded Acre Intentions and Global Pulse Outlook
With seeding well underway to nearly complete in Saskatchewan, Andrea Lauder, Communications Manager with SPG sat down with Marlene Boersch from Mercantile Consulting Venture Inc. to talk about what seeded acres look like for the province, and how production will fit into global demand for pulses over the next few months.
23:30
May 17, 2021
Pea Fertility Research Examines Yield and Protein Enhancements
Pea Fertility Research Examines Yield and Protein Enhancements
Chris Holzapfel, Research Manager at the Indian Head Agricultural Research Foundation has recently completed a project that examined different fertility combinations that could potentially impact field pea yield and protein content. In this episode Allison Fletcher, Research Project Manager with SPG sat down with him to learn more. Read the full research summary here & watch the webinar here.
43:08
April 14, 2021
Pulse Canada CEO Gordon Bacon Stepping Aside
Pulse Canada CEO Gordon Bacon Stepping Aside
In this episode Carl Potts, Executive Director with SPG sits down with outgoing Pulse Canada CEO Gordon Bacon. Over his 23+ years with Pulse Canada, Gordon has had a front row view of the growth and change that pulses have seen, to the booming industry it is today. Listen to his memories of where the pulse industry began, and hear his thoughts on where they could go in the future.
33:16
April 08, 2021
Weed Control Strategies for Pulses
Weed Control Strategies for Pulses
When it comes to weed management, we know that pulses are poor competitors. In this latest podcast episode, Sherrilyn Phelps, Agronomy Manager with SPG chats with Dr. Shaun Sharpe, Research Scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Saskatoon about his research into integrated weed management strategies including soil residual herbicides, cultural control strategies, and managing weed seed shed.
28:16
March 10, 2021
Lentil Genomic Research Benefits Saskatchewan Growers
Lentil Genomic Research Benefits Saskatchewan Growers
In this podcast episode Dr. Kirstin Bett, Professor in Plant Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan, chats with Allison Fletcher, Research Project Manager with SPG about her AGILE research project that harnesses genetic traits from lentil varieties around the world. We learn more about how these wild lentil traits are helping to diversify lentil varieties here at home so they can continue to thrive in Saskatchewan’s climate and soils. Read the companion article here.
21:57
February 10, 2021
2020 Pulse Promoters
2020 Pulse Promoters
Tony & Francis Gaudet of Belle Pulses in Bellevue, SK have built upon the family legacy, building pulse innovation and growth along the way. The brothers were recently recognized with the Pulse Promoter Award and in this episode Shaun Dyrland, SPG Board Chair, sat down with them to learn about the family business, their history in the pulse industry, and where they see Saskatchewan pulses fitting into the future. Read the announcement here.
16:12
January 13, 2021
New Pulse Varieties
New Pulse Varieties
Choosing the right varieties for your growing region is important. With new pulse varieties being developed and released, there is increased opportunity to try something new in your rotation. In this latest podcast episode Laurie Friesen, Seed Program Manager with SPG chats with Trevor Simpson of Simpson Seeds and Ken McDougall from McDougall Acres about new varieties, performance, and what they are excited to see going into the ground in 2021. Read the companion article here.
44:49
December 14, 2020
Chickpea Plant Health Update
Chickpea Plant Health Update
Southern Saskatchewan chickpea growing areas were impacted by an ongoing plant health issue in 2019 and 2020. In this podcast episode, Sherrilyn Phelps, Agronomy Manager talks with Dr. Michelle Hubbard, Research Scientist in Pulse Pathology with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada about symptoms found on the plants, lab testing that was done, the results to date, and next steps for further testing. Read the companion article here & watch the webinar here.
33:21
December 01, 2020
Meet Your 2020 Board Election Candidates
Meet Your 2020 Board Election Candidates
In this special podcast episode, we are airing interviews held with all six nominees for Saskatchewan Pulse Growers' Board of Directors election which is currently open for voting. Interviews were conducted by Neil Billinger, Agriculture Director of CJWW Radio on SPG's behalf. Tune in to learn more about the candidates and don't forget to cast your vote by November 30, 2020.
20:22
October 23, 2020
Predicting Root Rot Risk Into 2021
Predicting Root Rot Risk Into 2021
As the 2020 growing season comes to an end, there is still a lot growers can do to prepare for 2021, including tracking potential root rot incidents in their fields, and planning best ways to mitigate risk in additional fields. In this podcast episode, Sherrilyn Phelps, Agronomy Manager talks with Dr. Syama Chatterton, Research Scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada - Lethbridge about what factors growers should consider planning 2021 crop rotations, to minimize and manage the risk of root rots developing in their fields. Read the companion article here & watch the webinar here. 
34:15
October 22, 2020
Pulse Market Overview
Pulse Market Overview
Demand for pulses during the 2020 growing season have been quite strong and in this podcast episode Andrea Lauder, Communications Manager chats with Chuck Penner of LeftField Commodity Research about how likely demand for Canadian pulses will continue to be, what impact the market in India will have on demand, and what market opportunities growers should watch for. 
27:43
September 30, 2020
Pulse Harvest 2020: A Break-Down
Pulse Harvest 2020: A Break-Down
Harvest across Saskatchewan has been progressing at a rapid rate due in large part to the hot, dry weather we experienced in August. In this podcast Sherrilyn Phelps, Agronomy Manager talks with John Ippolito, Crops Extension Specialist, Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture in the Kindersley area about how pulse harvest has looked so far this year, what tips to keep in mind when storing pulse crops, and what important harvest aid considerations growers should be aware of during the harvest season. 
24:35
September 11, 2020
Saskatchewan Lentils Build Better U.S. Beef Burgers
Saskatchewan Lentils Build Better U.S. Beef Burgers
In a recent research study led by Pulse Canada and supported by SPG it was found that substituting beef burgers with 1/3 lentils benefited overall environmental footprint and nutritional content at a reduced cost. In this podcast episode Amber Johnson, Director of Marketing and Communications chats with Denis Tremorin, Director, Sustainability with Pulse Canada about the ways this research can not only support but also drive growth in pulse demand by the processing and foodservice sectors.
22:03
August 10, 2020
Supporting Mental Health in Agriculture
Supporting Mental Health in Agriculture
Mental health has become a more prominent topic in the agriculture community. The Do More Ag Foundation has been working to reduce the stigma of mental health and to provide producers with resources they may need. In this episode Amber Johnson, Director of Marketing and Communications chats with co-founder Lesley Kelly about how Do More Ag came to be, the importance of the Foundation to her personally and professionally, and the ways the Foundation is growing their resources to help support producers across the country. 
31:37
July 13, 2020
The Future of Pulse Breeding in Saskatchewan
The Future of Pulse Breeding in Saskatchewan
Breeding pulse varieties suited for Saskatchewan growing conditions and climates has brought a lot of success for Saskatchewan pulse growers. In this episode Saskatchewan Pulse Growers' (SPG) Executive Director Carl Potts chats with Director of Research & Development Dave Greenshields about the changes coming to pulse breeding, how SPG will remain part of the pulse breeding process, and how these changes to pulse breeding will hopefully better address grower concerns specific to disease. Read the companion article here. 
32:31
June 15, 2020
Pulse Protein, Processing, and Ingredient Research
Pulse Protein, Processing, and Ingredient Research
Dr. Michael Nickerson, Professor and Ministry of Agriculture Strategic Research Program (SRP) Chair in Protein Quality and Utilization at the University of Saskatchewan chats with Dr. Constance Chiremba, Pulse Science Cluster Program Manager with SPG about his research into protein composition of pulses, processing capabilities for pulse crops, and future areas of growth for pulse-based proteins in today's food ingredient market. 
15:37
May 11, 2020
Spring Pulse Production: An Agronomic Overview
Spring Pulse Production: An Agronomic Overview
Sherrilyn Phelps, Agronomy Manager with Saskatchewan Pulse Growers shares pulse seeding tips and resources to help growers prepare for spring seeding of their pulse crops. Calculating seed size, ideal seeding dates for pulses, and balanced fertility for a newly seeded pulse crops are some of the topics touched upon.
11:52
April 07, 2020
Keep it Clean!, Maximum Residue Limits & You
Keep it Clean!, Maximum Residue Limits & You
Greg Bartley, Director, Crop Protection & Crop Quality with Pulse Canada talks about the Keep it Clean! program, what maximum residue limits (MRLs) are, what happens if pulses exceed MRLs in international markets, and what role growers can play in ensuring that crop protection products they use on their crops don't impact international market access for pulses.
14:37
March 08, 2020
Pea & Lentil Market Update
Pea & Lentil Market Update
Peas and lentils have faced export barriers over the last two years, but slowly Canadian ending stocks are being drawn down to normal levels. Analyst Marlene Boersch of Mercantile Consulting Venture Inc. discusses the pea and lentil markets, where growers have opportunities to move their product, and also where there are areas of concern regarding ongoing market access issues. 
11:01
February 12, 2020
Maximizing Pea & Lentil Yields
Maximizing Pea & Lentil Yields
Jessica Weber, Research Manager with the Western Applied Research Corporation and Sherrilyn Phelps, Agronomy Manager with Saskatchewan Pulse Growers, discuss ways that growers can maximize their pea and lentil yields this growing season by considering things such as seeding rates,  weed control, and fertility management for pulse crops.
20:36
January 23, 2020
Into the Weeds with Dr. Chris Willenborg
Into the Weeds with Dr. Chris Willenborg
Weeds are a significant barrier to pulse production in Saskatchewan. Increased herbicide usage has meant there's a growing number of resistant weed species. We sat down with Dr. Chris Willenborg with the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan to discuss his five-year, SPG-funded weed research program which has studied ways to best manage weeds in pulse crops. From improved herbicide options for growers, to predators that will eat weed seeds, Chris's weed research program is meant to give growers additional tools to manage weeds in their pulse crops. 
23:59
December 05, 2019
How Do Pulses Fit Within The Growing Interest In Plant Protein?
How Do Pulses Fit Within The Growing Interest In Plant Protein?
Everywhere we turn, we are hearing more and more about plant protein. Who is driving this food trend, how long will it last, and what opportunities does it create for Saskatchewan pulses? Join us as we discuss consumer's growing interest in plant protein with Marie Molde, Food Industry Expert and Registered Dietitian with Datassential, a food trends and market insights company. 
20:57
November 06, 2019
Market Update with Analyst Chuck Penner
Market Update with Analyst Chuck Penner
Challenging weather is delaying harvest across the province and causing negative impacts on quality. How will these and other factors influence markets? Join SPG Communications Manager Andrea Lauder as she connects with market analyst Chuck Penner, Founder of LeftField Commodity Research, to talk market conditions for peas and lentils this fall. 
15:58
October 04, 2019