Pulse School: Field-scale research provides answers to questions on intercropping

Peas, Early flower -photo- Candace Mitschke-Hiller

Small plot research has its place, however, there is a need for field-scale research, too.

When you take research to field scale, it allows for genetic and environmental interactions that may not show up in small-plot results, says Jagroop Kahlon, of Alberta Pulse Growers (APG).

Kahlon presented about the APG Plot to Field program at WheatStalk held at Vermillion, Alta. The program, which is currently finishing up its fifth season, aims to answer some of the most current and relevant questions farmers are asking in regards to pulse crops.

For 2023, one of the main focuses is on intercropping, and whether it is viable to grow peas and canola together. What are the drawbacks? What are the benefits? What do input costs look like? These are all questions the group is seeking answers to.

On top of the research Alberta Pulse Growers is conducting, researchers from other institutions, such as the University of Alberta, are layering research on top as well.

“For example, we have Dr. Maya Evened, of the University of Alberta looking to see what kind of predators are useful insects, and all sorts of problem insects that can be found in canola and pea intercropping,” Kahlon explains.

Check out the full conversation between Kahlon and RealAgriculture’s Kara Oosterhuis, below:

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