Growers have been busy over the winter evaluating their options when it comes to this year's cropping decisions.

Despite a late start to seeding in 2022, it was a good year for Manitoba's Pulse and Soybean growers. 

Executive Director Daryl Domitruk says soybean acreage was down because of the wet conditions, but we saw some exceptional soybean yields, the dry bean crop had good yield and quality last year, while the pea crop was mixed.

He says farmers are hoping for a decent start for this year.

"What we're hearing is that the interest in soybeans has returned. We're perhaps seeing an increase in acres, certainly over the low level last year. That's driven by the market opportunity prices are pretty solid, and also the fact that when people were booking nitrogen fertilizer, the prices were quite high. Soybeans, of course, you don't have to use much fertilizer, if any."

MPSG is looking forward to welcoming producers back to their "Getting it Right" crop production meeting Wednesday (March 8) in Portage la Prairie.

He says it gives farmers a chance to learn about the latest research and potential challenges for the upcoming growing season.

The half-day event includes a variety of presentations with extension specialists and researchers.

Presentations will focus on weeds, disease and insects, as well as variety selection, soil health, intercropping, pulse grading and soybean yield potential.

Growers will also have an opportunity to take part in tabletop sessions where produdcers can go from table to table and talk one on one with the experts.

He notes producers need to pre-register for the March 8th event on the MPSG website.

To hear Glenda-Lee's conversation with Daryl Domitruk click on the link below.