Lentil Growing Guide
FMC has developed a lentil growing guide. It shows:
Fertlizer needs in lentils
Lentil seeding rates
Lentil harvest timing and management
Lentil insect thresholds
CDC Simmie CL Red Lentil Seed
CDC Simmie CL Red Lentil
If you are wanting to try something new this season, CDC Simmie is a CL Red Lentil that looks to be an alternative to CDC Proclaim. Let us know if you want to try some.
Mustard Report from Olds Products
Old Products published a mustard market outlook recently, take a look here:
Sunray Spring Triticale Seed
Sunray Spring Triticale
We still have some Sunray spring triticale available. This variety stands well, yields great, and triticale in general has very good drought tolerance vs other cereal crops. We have grown it on irrigation under high plant population with a PGR and had amazing yields. It's early maturity and is a long standing favourite. https://www.stampseeds.com/sunray-spring-triticale.html
Blair has some walk up corn seed available, TH4072 has been a great variety for us for grain with early maturity top yields: https://www.stampseeds.com/corn.html
Seed Treating 2023
Here is a video of Stamp Seeds shipping treated seed in April of 2023
Winter Crop Assessment
Some customers seem to have rougher looking stands of fall crops this spring vs normal. The worst fields seem to be the ones seeded late August. Normally that is not the case as we have had our best crops seeded Aug 25th, but I think because of the warm October, fall crops grew much bigger than normal. It seems like the 3-4-5 leaf stage going into winter was the best this past season.
You want to see new white roots and a little bit of green when you cut into the crown to show that there is still life.
One field I looked at had a lot of background nitrogen and it grew a lot last fall and was seeded early, another the rows where the combine had dropped straw was much slower or hurt more and Balir also noted the soil was cooler. Another field had been seeded early August, and grazed in the fall and spring and most areas looked good, but it looks like some snow iced over during a melt and hurt some areas on sidehills and of course the low spots where water sat too long.
Can increased plant stand impact pith expression in wheat to protect from wheat stem sawfly on dryland?
Some research has shown that stand density can impact solid stem expression and pith density in wheat stems. In hollow stem cultivars higher yields and possibly thicker pith levels in stems can be achieved even in Southern Alberta dryland. You may be able to experiment up to 40 plants per square foot targets when normally we are at 25-30 plants per square foot. Although this does seem high to me, possibly trying a few passes at that rate may show less sawfly problems. Details here:
There are a number of companies interested in the faba bean variety Fabelle and some have a new crop price on them.
Currently feed buyers have been taking them at $13 delivered for feed use so that is a market option as well.
On fractionation or flour use - usually pricing is picked up at your yard, so the location of the business is not that important. Make sure to ask what the price is based on (clean grain after cleaning, and how is the clean out paid, how are splits and dockage paid, and movement period)
Belle Pulse - Kevin - cell: 306 321 4576 firstname.lastname@example.org
Prairie Fava - Hailey - cell: 204 721 4715 email@example.com
XPT Grain - Chris - cell: 306 209 7746 firstname.lastname@example.org
AGT Foods - Annette - cell: 306 280 5010 AHamilton@agtfoods.com
Rudy Agro - Wes - cell: 306 873 7733 email@example.com
Vicki Dutton - cell: 306 441 6699 firstname.lastname@example.org
Faba Canada - Brad Goudy - cell: 306 921 5995 email@example.com
Fabelle is the top yielding faba bean in the marketplace by about 5%. It is larger vs a Snowbird faba bean and smaller vs a FB 9-4 faba bean. On irrigation, faba beans can be in the 80-90+ bu yield range and in average to good rainfall areas they can be higher yielding vs peas most years. They do like late season rain. They can be seeded very early, but late season frost is a concern (they have a similar growing season to wheat). They are not susceptible to Aphanomyces root rots like peas and lentils are. Faba beans fix nitrogen all season long and can fix 30% more N vs peas.
Fabelle is a certified seed use only product so there is no farm saving and a form to sign. Outcrossing on faba beans happens very easily so for purity in the low vicine/con vicine types like Fabelle is important.
End users for the human food/protein fractionation market want low vicine/con vicine because there is a risk of favism in a portion of the population and low vicine/con vicine varieties like Fabelle prevent that from being a problem.
We also have CDC 219-16 faba bean targeting feed or cover crop use (small seed size)
For any seed bookings you can call Blair Balog at 403-634-4349 (calls & text)
LA Grain is launching an attractive new crop yellow pea program for the CDC Lewochkovariety specifically because it is higher protein on dryland acres, please contact them directly for info on their program https://lagrain.ca/ . LA Grain is offering about $14 per buon the first 10 bu per ac on dryland. Please ask them about delivery period, how splits and dockage are paid so you know how it compares to how you normally sell peas.
CDC Lewochko Yellow Pea is a new variety to us this season. It's medium season, smaller seed size, has good cracking resistance and higher protein by 1% vs checks. It seems like a nice CDC Meadow replacement.
Other Pea for 2023
AAC Chrome Yellow Pea is still the highest yielding and consistent irrigated pea we have grown. In dry areas a longer season pea like Chrome can suffer when the taps turn off but in areas where an extra shot of rain is possible the Chrome is a winner.
AAC Carver Yellow Pea
AAC Julius Yellow Pea - available fall of 2024
CDC Forrest Green Pea - making available if needed this season
DL Lacross Forage Pea - white flowered
Maple Pea can be sourced as needed as it is very end user variety specific
For any seed bookings you can call Blair Balog at 403-634-4349 (calls & text)
New Crop Hybrid Fall Rye
Luke Wedel with Origin Partners is looking for some acres of hybrid fall rye, ideally on irrigation for new crop contracts. They have AOG contracts and are looking for crop that is currently in the ground.
Thinking hybrid fall rye seed for this summer? Take a look for more info https://www.stampseeds.com/hybrid-fall-rye.html
AAC Hodge VB CWRS
This is one of the under rated varieties we sell right now so if you do want to try some let us know.
AAC Hodge VB was the highest yielding HRSW registered with great disease package, the breeder says it has some bacterial blight resistance. It stood like Brandon or Leroy VB and is about 6 cm taller vs Viewfield. It yielded 6% over Viewfield with similar protein in registration data. It is MR for FHB
Faba Bean School
We hosted a faba bean school where we talked about how to grow faba beans, faba bean markets, and varieties of faba beans. The recording is posted here: https://youtu.be/AEzVVLKNXTw
Pulse Immersion Days
Pulse Canada hosted a pulse ingredient event called Pulse Immersion Days last week that I had the privilege of attending and also was part of a farmer panel talking about farming.
The attendees of this event included pulse buyers and processors, as well as sustainability managers, food company buyers, research and development managers, and product line managers. Just like we do not always know where our crop goes when we deliver it to the elevator, many of these food companies are also disconnected from the farmers. It was very interesting talking with them, learning with them as we toured Winnipeg's Red River College food research labs, and talked about food research Pulse Canada has done
Some of the messaging talked about protein fractionation growth, research capacity to help add pulses to products as well as messaging about the sustainability impact and health benefits of pulses. This stems from the Impactful Campaign https://pulsecanada.com/impactful launched by Pulse Canada.,
Pulse Canada is a Canada wide organization made up of member provincial pulse groups as well as the members from the Canadian Special Crops and Trade Association https://cpsctrade.ca/ and I am on the Pulse Canada Board of directions due to being on the board of Alberta Pulse Growers.
Dryland Corn & Grazing Corn
Dryland corn has been something that people have contemplated or even tried over the years. Success with it is like any other dryland crop, good farming practices and mother nature.
A longer season crop like corn can sustain itself though dry periods as it uses moisture over such a longer period of time vs other crops
The tools you can utilize to give you the best chance of success are planting rates, planting depth and fertilizer.
1) Planting rates - Typically corn is planted at 32-34000 seeds per acre, with dryland corn in southern Alberta you will want to aim for 16-18000 seeds per acre. The half rate ensures that plants have the right spacing to allocate moisture properly.
2) Planting Depth – 1.5-2 inches would be optimal to create good root strength and the ability to reach available moisture
3) Fertilizer – When laying down fertilizer for corn you want to use a 1:1 ratio, 1 Ibs N for every bushel of expected yield. Optimal years for dryland corn you could see 120 bushel crops, 80-90 bushel ranges can be achieved consistently. https://www.stampseeds.com/corn.html
Grazing corn can be a great winter grazing option that can really pack on the pounds! When grazing corn you want to stick to later day maturing corn so that kernels stay softer to keep the palatability up. Thunderseed has developed high digestible varieties that can reach physiological maturity and be fully digestible to the cow. The stalks themselves are more digestible as well since the ear is lower which pushes the heavily lignified portion of the plant down. https://www.stampseeds.com/corn.html
If you are interested in either of these on your farm, chat with Blair Balog and he will get you situated with a variety that will work best for you at 403-634-4349 (calls & text)
AFSC Yield 2023
AFSC publishes the yield 2023 magazine yearly showing insured acres and yields by zone in the province.
I do enjoy looking at yield and variety trends in it and comparing varieties. One thing to be careful of when looking at the yields in it is that some areas have a variety that is popular but if that area gets more rain than average or less then it can make the variety look much better or worse vs others for the zone or provincial averages. If not enough acres of a variety are grown/insured they will not list it as well. PDF posted here: https://www.stampseeds.com/blog/afsc-yield-2023
One interesting note I always see is how good CDC Proclaim CL red lentil is (and how few grow them) & how well AAC Chrome do on irrigation (and also on dryland when average moisture) Keep in mind there can be some location trends but it can be an indication of performance.
Ultra Early Seeding
We had the opportunity to have Dr. Brian Beres speak about ultra early seeding on the last day of AG Expo. His results showed that there is a lot of potential to gain yield if you seed based on soil temperature and not the calendar. Below are a few of his thoughts towards what you should be doing and looking for to have success.
If you are thinking about ultra early seeding, best place to start is in the fall the year before with a residual herbicide.
The soil temperature you should check at is 1-2 inches depth at 10 am. If soil is and is 0-2 degrees Celsius, even if it is in February they have had good results. If you have reached that temperature at that time and the soil is fit you can seed regardless if it looks like it may get a little colder in future days.
Disk or shank drills did not seem to make a difference in their research. Fertilizer was put on as normal in the same pass and usually was a 50/50 blend of ESN and 46-0-0.
Throughout his studies he found that having a planting rate of 40 seeds per square foot gives you the best yield advantage overall. Fungicide and insecticide seed treatments are important for the abiotic stress of the cold.
Below is Dr. Brian Beres Ultra Early Seeding Presentation in PDF format:
Pulse Canada Impactful Campaign
Last week I was in Ottawa with Pulse Canada as we talked about the Impactful Campaign https://pulsecanada.com/impactful promoting pulse crops for net returns and the environment. We also talked about trade policy, research investment and transportation.
We met with MP's and their staff, Department staff and Senators in 5 groups with 30 meetings over 2 days. We hosted an evening reception where John Barlow and Francis Drouin attended as well as Rob Black (Senator chair of the senate ag committee) and staff across many departments related to agriculture. I also had the chance to watch question period (entertaining in person to say the least!).
Hopefully we were able to bring the farmer perspective to Ottawa and back that up with data from our provincial and national groups. (Alberta Pulse Growers Commission & Pulse Canada)
Brett Young forage products
Brett young has a great product line for forages, grasses and cover crops.
Below is a link to their forage guide, any questions on their products can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Companies are self imposing ESG on themselves, carbon markets increasing,
The verifying agency is most important part.
Farms may be able to take part but only to change practices. Pulse crops a big part!
The new larger trains makes 5 into 4 trains
Loading boats in the rain would help rail movement = Need unions on board for this.
Lots of durum would go to Eastern ports as it was less issued loading.
CN is trying a hydrogen powered locomotive.
Great presentation on #UltraEarlySeeding
Plan needs to start the fall before with weed control plans, higher seed rates.
Spring wheat yields have closed the gap on durum
FHB ratings on durum are getting better.
Low falling numbers can cause stretching in drying of pasta.
Requests: yield stability, better FHB resistance varieties, low Cadmium has been a great success in durum varieties.
Changes happening in durum markets: lower vomi rules, glyphosate still an issue, pgr may become a prob, ergot level change?
Durum Trade Statistics
Greg Stamp CCA
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