Plan for profit for the 2015 growing season; New pulse crop varieties for 2015; Pulses in your crop rotations
The mid-May Pulse Market Report looks at what growers can actually expect for pea and lentil crops based on global markets and StatsCan numbers.
Pulses Grown in Saskatchewan
Field pea is one of the world's oldest crops, as it was first cultivated as early as 9,000 years ago. Saskatchewan pea seeds are usually rounded, with a pale yellow or green seed coat and a green or yellow cotyledon (the colour inside them). A third type of pea (maple pea) has a coloured seed coat and is typically used only as a feed pea for animals.
Archeological investigation has shown that lentils have been grown since the early Stone Age. Lentils are classified by seed size – extra small, small, medium and large. The seeds are lens-shaped and seed coat colours can be green, red, brown, speckled green (French green type), and black (Beluga). The cotyledons (inside colour) can be yellow, red, or green.
Saskatchewan also grows significant amounts of chickpea crops, as well as smaller amounts of bean and faba bean crops.