Pulse School: Scout early to get a jump on weed and insect pressure

Notching on leaves caused by pea leaf weevils.

Pulse planting conditions were mostly dry this spring, but many farmers were able to seed into moisture. In most cases, plant emergence has been good, and with recent rains the crop is ready to move into high gear. That means it’s time to do some scouting!

Dale Leftwich, Saskatchewan field editor for RealAgriculture, stopped in to visit Glenda Clezy, SaskPulse agronomy specialist to get some pointers on early season scouting in this Pulse School episode. Things change quickly in the field and early decisions can make a big difference at harvest time. (Summary below)


  • Weed pressure is an important consideration early on. Pulse crops are not competitive in the early season and if conditions turn hot and dry, weeds can become more difficult to control.
  • Insects can start to show up early. There have been reports of cutworm, wireworm, and pea leaf weevil damage already, and it is important to scout well and know what you are looking for.
  • For diseases, it’s important to start scouting soon after emergence and prior to early flowering, which is often when the first application of fungicide would occur.

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