Organic Pulses Regional Variety Trial in 2022 (first in Alberta)

MARA, in collaboration with Alberta Pulse Growers designed this variety trial program. MARA is testing twenty cultivars of yellow peas and four cultivars of green Peas under organic systems.  Plant breeders have suggested that the varieties that perform best on organic farms may not be the same as on conventional farms, and those organic farmers may benefit from using varieties bred specifically for organic systems. Variety trials can help growers identify alternative varieties with similar or superior qualities to dropped standard varieties by seed catalogs. In addition, variety trials as part of your annual farm plan can help to identify varieties well-suited to the agro-climatic conditions of Mackenzie County.