One of the pillars of best management practices for every crop is selecting a variety that is suited to your growing environment. The Alberta Pulse Growers (APG) has funded regional variety trials (RVTs) across the province to ensure that our growers have current yield, standability and disease resistance information relevant to their own farms. This remains a high priority of our organization. Significant changes have occurred in the last two years, and the management of the regional trials have transitioned to management by the farmers, led by APG, in cooperation with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, several Applied Research Associations, as well as Lakeland College and Olds College. All the stakeholders are firmly committed to providing high quality data to empower decision making.
Each year protocols for seeding, weed, insect and disease management, pre-harvest and harvest management are reviewed and standardized to ensure consistency of results. In 2019, 16 seed companies submitted entries to be planted at a potential 20 locations across Alberta and northern British Columbia. APG is pleased to provide the variety trials in partnership with these companies which empowers farmers to select varieties best suited for their region and needs.
The tables in this publication depict the yield data by pulse growing zone. Yield is reported as a percentage of the check variety indicated in bold except for soybean and dry bean yields which are reported in bushels/acre. All data has been statistically analyzed to allow for comparisons between varieties as well as to the check.
Provincial averages as well as specific information on yield, standability, detailed management and site information for each location can be found on the Alberta Pulse Growers website www.albertapulse.com/rvt or on the APG app available at no cost in both Android and Apple formats. We encourage you to check out these media to find the RVT location closest to you!