The Pulse - Northern Pulse Growers Association

The Pulse - Northern Pulse Growers Association

July 2012 FEATURES

President’s Message

NPGA Elects New Associate Directors Team

Dr. Julie Pasche Joins NDSU

Pulse Crop Harvest Tips

Pulse Crop Breeding

A Message from Shannon Berndt, Executive Director


The Northern Pulse Growers

Association would like to

thank the 2012 Pulse Tour


Great Northern Ag

Summer Pulse Tours Scheduled

The Northern Pulse Growers Association in conjunction with the Minot and Carrington

Research Extension Centers are hosting the 2012 Pulse Tours.

These tours provide both new

and seasoned producers with the

latest information on pulse varieties,

disease, weed and insect

control, agronomic and livestock

research. The tours are free of

charge and open to all interested

producers. A complimentary lunch

will be hosted at each tour for attendees.

July 12, 2012 - North Central Research Extension Center (Minot) 9:00 a.m. (CST)

July 13, 2012 - Carrington Research Extension Center 9:00 a.m. (CST)

Some of the featured guest speakers will be Phillip Egolf, agronomist from Sabra

Dipping Company, Dr. Kevin McPhee - NDSU, Dr. Brian Jenks - NCREC, Dr. Michael

Wunsch - CREC and others to get you informed.

BASF - Pro CoOp - Pulse

USA - Syngenta Viterra

BNSF Railway

Cablevey Conveyors

Minot Area Development Co.

ND Trade Office

West Dakota Feed/Seed

For more information, contact the Northern Pulse Growers Association at 701-222-0128.

For more information on field tours held throughout ND & MT visit www.northernpulse.


For the latest information on pulse variety, insect/weed/

disease control, agronomic and livestock research -

Be sure to attend the

2012 Summer Pulse Tours (1)

1710 Burnt Boat Drive

Bismarck, ND 58503

Phone. 701.222.0128

Fax. 701.222.6340



Board of Directors

Ryan Brooks............. President

District VI, Bowman, ND 701.523.3730

Beau Anderson......... V. President

At Large, Williston, ND 701.875.2328

Position Open........... Secretary

At Large,

Steve Miner............... Treasurer

District I, Richland, MT 406.725.3201

Kristian Sorum.......... Director

District V, Flaxton, ND 701.751.0538

Paul Berntson........... Director

District VII, Adams, ND 701.994.2449

Jon Stoner................. Director

At Large, Havre, MT 406.265.2193

Jerry Schillinger....... Director

District III, Circle, MT 406.485.2479

Chris Westergarad.... Director

District II, Dagmar, MT 406.390.6477

Mark Schmidt Director

District VI, Tioga, ND 701.664.2988

Associate Directors

Mary Burrows.................Bozeman, MT


Chet Hill...........................Williston, ND


Brad Hertel......................Casselton, ND


John Raisler....................Beach, ND


Eric Bartsch....................Bismarck, ND


Wayne Schmitz...............Minot, ND


Aaron Holter....................Williston, ND


President’s Message

Talk about a complete turnaround from one year

to the next. Pulse crops in SW North Dakota

were put in early and are looking great. We

have had some late frost that may affect the

corn and canola in limited areas but overall

crops are off to a good start. Legumes in North

Dakota and Montana should have an excellent

start for the growing season. Hopefully prices

will stay strong along with a good crop this year.

I would like to encourage our producers to get

to the pulse tours at our experiment stations this

year. There is an abundance of information to

glean from these tours.

The USADPLC has been very active in Washington,

DC this spring and winter lobbying for a

Ryan Brooks – NPGA President

strong farm bill. It seems that in this congressional

environment, a steady presence is critical to help shape a fair and equitable

bill to benefit all commodities. I would like to personally thank the executive board

of the USADPLC for their time and commitment to the industry.

The NPGA office has been very busy with budgeting for this next fiscal year.

Seems the time flies from one year to the next. Lots of new and exciting things

happening in the pulse industry as we strive to put your check off dollars to work

in the most efficient and effective ways. I would like to thank our NPGA employees

for the excellent job they do for our industry.

I would like to wish all a productive and profitable summer.

Unitl next time - Ryan Brooks

Gluten-Free Baking Short Course

NCI will be holding The Science of Gluten-Free Baking Short Course, August 7-9, 2012.

This Short Course will provide participants with fundemental knowledge in gluten-free

baking and will emphasize the ingredients and techniques that are necessary to produce

gluten-free baked products.

Special rates are available to groups of 3 or more from the same company.

For more information or to register for the Gluten-Free Baking Short Course go to www. and follow the Educational Courses link.

NPGA Staff

Shannon Berndt .....Executive Director

Kaye Effertz ............Marketing Director

Dolores Rohrich ....Communications


Mary Bartsch...........Admin Assistant


Mark Your Calendars For Montana Pulse Day

The NPGA in conjunction with the USADPLC will hold a producer meeting in Montana

in December.

December 12 &13, 2012 -

New Sponsorship Packages for 2013

Watch for it in the mail this fall!


In just a decade, this

healthy chickpea

mixture has gone

from being relatively

obscure to finding a

place in the fridges of

one in five American


Billings Hotel & Convention Center, Billings, MT

1223 Mullowney Lane


Registrations for these events will be sent out this fall (September/October). More

information on the meeting will be posted on the website closer to the event.

Montana Pulse Crop Advisory Committee

Montana Department of Agriculture

PO Box 200201

Helena, MT 59620-0201

Phone. 406.444.2402

Fax. 406.444.9442


Michael Ehlers...............Producer

Oilmont, MT

Kim Murray....................Producer

Froid, MT

Grant Zerbe ..................Producer

Frazer, MT

Jon Stoner......................Producer

Harve, MT

Brian Kae.........................Producer

Dagmar, MT

Leta Campbell...............Marketing

Wolf Point, MT

NPGA Appoints New Associate Directors Team

The Northern Pulse Growers Association is pleased to announce the appointments

of our new Associate Directors Team: Dr. Mary Burrows - Montana State University,

Bozeman, MT; Chet Hill - Williston Research Extension Center, Williston, ND; Brad

Hertel - Meridan Seeds, Casselton, ND; John Raisler - Dupont Crop Protection,

Beach, ND; Eric Bartsch - United Pulse Trading, Bismarck, ND; Wayne Schmitz -

Viterra, Minot, ND; Aaron Holter - Farm Credit Services, Williston, ND.

These individuals are an excellent resource by providing input to the NPGA Board

of Directors on industry issues such as research, marketing, processing and crop

insurance. We look forward to working with them in the upcoming years.

The NPGA would like to thank the following past associate directors for their service

and dedication: Ryan Nelson - Pro Co-Op, Opheim, MT; Blaine Schatz - CREC,

Carrington, ND; Mehmet Tulbeck - Northern Crops Institute, Fargo, ND; Dave Polries

- Dakota Dry Bean, Inc., Grand Forks, ND; Perry Miller - Montana State University,

Bozeman, MT; Becky Braaten - Farm Credit Services, Bottineau, ND; Kent

McKay - BASF, Carpio, ND.

PO Box 1352

Bismarck, ND 58501

Phone. 701.222.0128

Fax. 7011.222.6340

Jeff Knox.........................District 1

Ray, ND 701.568.3262

Callen Hoff, Chairman...District II

Richardton, ND 701.974.3375

Richard Mickelson........District III

Rolla, ND................................. 701.477.3617

James Haux..................District IV

McClusky, ND..............................701.363.2346

Kevin Haas, V-Chairman.District V

Jamestown, ND.........................701.763-6533

Doug Goehring.............Ex-Officio

Charles Carvel.........Legal Counsel (3)

Dr. Julie Pasche will join the Department of

Plant Pathology July 2, 2012 as an Assistant

Professor with research responsibilities for

diseases of pulse crops.

Dr. Pasche is a native of Minnesota

and received a B.S. in Microbiology and

Biotechnology, as well as an M.S. and Ph.D.

in Plant Pathology, all from North Dakota State

University. As an undergraduate student, Dr.

Pasche competed for the Bison in volleyball

and track and field. She was a two-time all-

American volleyball player, still holds many

NDSU volleyball records and was inducted into

the Bison Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010. After

obtaining her bachelor’s degree, Dr. Pasche

joined the Department of Plant Pathology

as a technician in the potato pathology laboratory of Dr. Neil

Gudmestad, University Distinguished Professor. She eventually

rose to position of lab manager for Dr. Gudmestad, who served

as Dr. Pasche’s major advisor for both of her graduate degrees.

Dr. Julie Pasche Joins NDSU

Dr. Julie Pasche

Dr. Pasche’s work in potato pathology focused on the

management of foliar and soil-borne diseases of potato, including

those caused by bacterial, viral, fungal and oomycete pathogens.

Her Ph.D. research focused specifically on two fungal diseases

(black dot and Verticilium wilt) and has important implications

for detection of pathogens, diagnosis of diseases, improving

efforts to breed for disease resistance and for understanding how

disease develops.

Dr. Pasche also has many years of direct

experience with fungicides, including field

trials for fungicide efficacy and studies related

to the development of fungicide resistance in

pathogens of potato.

Dr. Pasche plans to continue her work with

pathogen detection focusing on utilizing

molecular methods to facilitate breeding

efforts, pathogen detection and identification.

She believes breeding for resistance to plant

pathogens is an integral part of any plant

disease management strategy and therefore,

collaboration between pathologists and breeders

is critical for successful development and

integration of new cultivars into production

systems of any crop.

Dr. Pasche will take an active role with breeders in the

development of genetic resistance to plant pathogens of

economic importance to North Dakota. Additionally, she is

looking forward to learning more about the disease problems

important to North Dakota pulse growers. Dr. Pasche feels that

serving the citizens of North Dakota is paramount to the Land

Grant University. In her role as the Pulse Crop Pathologist, she

will work to identify and understand the needs of producers in

the state and work towards finding both short- and long-term

solutions for their plant disease problems. All of this will involve

partnership with pulse crop growers and the Northern Pulse

Growers Association.

Pulse Producers Represented

A Trusted buyer,

processor and


of lentils,


beans and peas

The regions pulse producers were recently represented at

the USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council’s national board meeting

June 12 & 13, 2012. Ryan Brooks, NPGA President, Cal Hoff,

NDDPLC Chair and Shannon Berndt, NPGA Executive Director

participated in USADPLC meetings held in Spokane, WA.

From Producer to the World

To market your lentils, chickpeas, beans or peas or to discuss growing

pulses, contact United Pulse Trading at 1-877-751-1623.

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Buyers for peas, lentils and chickpeas are very demanding on

quality. Proper harvesting can make a difference between getting

a premium price as food grade or have them rejected. Taking the

time to harvest, watch for the following grade quality factors can

make a difference in getting a premium price.

Yellow and Green Food Peas

Bleach in green peas is caused by moisture and sunlight at

maturity. Green peas should be harvested at high moisture

(18%) and air dried to 13-15% (Depending what the processors

want the product at) for storage. Swathing or desiccation is

recommended for speeding up harvest. Bleach in yellow peas is

due to green (immature) seed at harvest. This can be avoided by

harvesting when the seed has turned color or harvesting areas of

the field as they mature.

Damage can result in not meeting

food grade standards, which include:

chalkspot, hail damage, staining,

disease and mechanical damage.

Chalkspot can be caused by lygus

bugs stinging the immature seed or

hail. Look for white spots on the seed,

if its insect damage, it should be most

pronounced on the first outside rounds.

Check your grain tank regularly and

avoid mixing these damaged seeds

with the rest of the crop. Hail damage

on immature seed can cause a lot

of staining and spots on the seeds,

if you know you had hail on all or part of the field, keep it

separate. Staining or dirt tag is the result of weeds or moisture

and dirt clinging to the seed. Avoid harvesting through wet weed

patches or when there is dew on the plants. Diseased plants like

ascochyta and mildew can also discolor the seed.

Mechanical Damage - Fragile seeds of peas can easily be

damaged if the combine and augers are not set or operated

properly. The biggest problem in the splitting or breaking the seed

coats is harvesting too dry. Peas should be harvested at high

moisture (18%) and air dried. Combine settings - slow cylinder

speeds and concave openings large enough to allow the large

seeded peas through is most often the method of preventing

mechanical damage. Seed loss is most often associated with

seed going over the straw walkers, this loss can be minimized by

setting the concave closer in the front than in the back to try to

dislodge the seed from the straw. If the straw is to tough, it might

help to increase cylinder speed. If the loss is over 2-3 bus./ac. (8-

12 seeds/sq.ft.) you might have to wait until the straw is dryer.

Maximize the wind speed for peas to remove as much inert

material as possible. Peas are very hard to blow over.


Lentils are very indeterminate in growth and normally require


Pulse Crop Harvest Tips

swathing or desiccation before harvest. If you are swathing lentils

for the first time, it would be very helpful to talk to an experienced

grower on how to set up you swather, as this can be an easy or a

very frustrating experience. Harvesting lentils at 16% moisture is

important to keep the mechanical damage to a minimum, then air

dry to 14%. Color is very important in green lentils, as with peas,

be ready to harvest quickly and avoid immature areas of the field.

Damage - again, as in peas, monitor your grain tank for any

changes in quality. Chalkspot, weed or dirt staining, disease, frost

damage and hail are the most common causes of low quality.


Like lentils, chickpeas are very indeterminate in maturity as are

lentils. They are also very late maturing, so most of the time

frost kills the plants. Straight cutting is the most common method

of harvesting if the plants are standing.

Kabuli (large seeded) chickpeas are the

hardest to get quality. These are sold in

individual lots and are subject not only to

grade but to buyer preferences. Quality

could mean the difference of over one

hundred dollars per acre. Not only do

buyers want bright white seeds, they also

pay according to size. While you can’t

control the seed size at harvest you can

improve the chances for bright white

seeds by monitoring your grain tank often.

Damage - Avoid harvesting when the

plants are wet with dew to avoid dirt tagging or if staining is

occurring due to wet weeds. Keep all changes in size and quality


Mechanical Damage - Because of the size of the seed of the

Kabuli types, it’s very important to reduce mechanical damage.

Harvesting at 18% moisture and air drying to 15% will help

reduce chipping and splitting. Make sure your concave has

openings large enough to accommodate the seed size. Reduce

cylinder speeds to the slowest operating speed without slugging

the cylinder. Keep augers running full and slow when handling.

Like peas, you can use high wind speeds to keep the inert

materials to a minimum.

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worldwide new and improved varieties

of all major crops. Outcomes have been

increased production, reduced input

costs and improved quality for end use

applications. Genetic improvement

provides many benefits to agriculture

through the release of new varieties;

however, it is a long term endeavor.

Beginning with the first cross of two elite

parents the time to release of a new

variety can be as long as 10-12 years.

Parental selection is crucial to the success

of plant breeding and sets the stage for

future crosses and refinement of breeding


Objectives of the NDSU Pulse Crop

Breeding Program include yield,

agronomic field performance, seed

quality and disease resistance.

Disease resistance is paramount to

development of new varieties for the

Midwest region including eastern

Montana and all of North Dakota

due to the potential for disease

development in the presence of

summer precipitation events, including

heavy dews, from mid June through

early August. Pathogens causing

Ascochyta blight on pea, lentil and

chickpea along with other foliar fungi

which flourish in moist conditions

can be particularly devastating to

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these crops. Field conditions over

the past three years, especially 2011,

have given excellent opportunities

to identify relative disease reactions

among available germplasm.

Seed quality in pea, lentil and

chickpea has begun to change from

simple visual appearance of the pea

to include seed constituents. Most

markets still hold visual appearance

of the seed as the primary measure

of quality; however, some markets are

reportedly considering micronutrient

composition as a key measure

of quality. The NDSU Pulse Crop

Breeding Program in conjunction

with the NDSU Pulse Quality and

Nutrition Laboratory is evaluating

genetic material in the breeding

program for seed compositional

quality. These evaluations are not only

characterizing the genetic potential,

but also providing insight into location

specific potential for improved

micronutrient quality. Results of

these studies have the potential to

increase crop values if superior quality

characteristics are identified.

The NDSU Pulse Crop Breeding

Program has characterized a wide

range of germplasm from many

different sources. Evaluation of

germplasm acquired from international

research centers such as the

International Center for Agricultural

Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) in

Aleppo, Syria, offers a great opportunity

to identify new useful germplasm of

lentil and chickpea with resistance to

several of the foliar fungal pathogens

important in the Midwest. Collaboration

such as this is expected to yield

improved varieties with superior

performance compared to currently

available varieties.

Field trials are being conducted in 2012

in conjunction with NDSU Research

Extension Centers with the intent

to identify breeding lines and elite

germplasm. These trials include yield

evaluations, disease nurseries and early

generation nurseries. Seed harvested

from all the trials will be evaluated

for visual quality and seed from the

advanced trials will be subjected to

compositional analyses to identify lines

with high quality attributes. This data

will be compiled and used to justify the

worthiness of specific breeding lines for

variety release.

Shana Pederson, NDSU Asst. Pulse Crop Breeder

Summer Pulse Tours/Field

Days Scheduled

For more information see

calendar of events (7)

A Message from Shannon Berndt, NPGA Executive Director

We had a great rebound in dry pea & lentil acres in the region given

the weather issues of the past year. Reports from across the region

on crops have been excellent and we hope that Mother Nature will

continue to cooperate until everything is in the bin.

Things have been moving ahead in leaps and bounds within the

pulse industry. As I am writing this, it was announced the Farm Bill

has passed out the Senate 64-35 and now the legislation rests in the

hands of the House. Crop insurance and the Pulse Health Initiative

continue to be top priority for the industry. The USA Dry Pea & Lentil

Council has worked hard over the past couple of years to ensure

that the pulse industry remains at the table during the Farm Bill

development process.

The regions pulse breeding program, managed by Dr. Kevin

McPhee, NDSU, continues to advance. The programs efforts

will provide producers with varieties that are high in quality, have

beneficial agronomic traits and marketability. There has been

a surge in interest in pulses due in large part to the aggressive

marketing efforts for the industry—particularly in domestic

marketing. The breeding and quality program will be invaluable

in the development of these markets. The NPGA continues to

collaborate extensively with Northern Crops Institute and the USA

Dry Pea & Lentil Council.

Tom Hammond, President and CEO of Columbia Grain, Inc.

announced that the company has entered into a definitive

agreement to purchase the processing facility of West Dakota

Fee & Seed LLC in Ross, ND. The assets include a processing

line for pulse crops, flax, canola and seed grains. It also

includes the grain bins and warehouse storage. Terms of the

transaction were completed June 15, 2012.

“West Dakota Feed and Seed has been a supporter of our

pulse export program for many years supplying CGI with peas

and lentils to distribute to customers all over the globe” Hammond

said. “This purchase will add diversification to our already

well established pulse supply chain from Montana, Washington,

and Idaho. We look forward to working with producers in

the Western and Central North Dakota region.”

Columbia Grain was incorporated in 1978. With this acquisition,

Columbia will add to its six existing processing facilities

located in Montana, Washington and Idaho. CGI is also constructing

an additional plant in Tiber, MT. CGI also owns and

operates forty-two grain elevators in six western states with a

combined storage capacity of approximately 1.2 million metric

tons. Many of the facilities are used as a pipeline to feed

Columbia’s export elevator located in Portland, Oregon. The

remaining assets are utilized to service domestic markets.

West Dakota Feed and Seed LLC originated in 1999, formed

by current owners, Curt Trulson, Wayne Johnson, Kelly Hanson,

Jim Domaskin, Meyer Kinnion and Roger Evans. The

owners had a concept of integrating new markets for speciality

crops that were becoming popular in the area. West Dakota


I would like to welcome new pathology researcher, Dr. Julie Pasche.

She is a great addition to the strong research “team” that has been

assembled in the region. Her expertise will assist our producers

in finding the best solutions to grow a quality crop and increase

profitability in their operations. I look forward to working with Dr.


And finally, I would like to thank the past NPGA associate directors.

They have played a major role in the industry by providing input

and expertise on issues such as research, marketing and crop

insurance. I personally have appreciated having these individuals

as a resource. I look forward to working with the newly appointed

associate directors and know that we again have a talented group of

individuals on board.

I would like to encourage each of you to become actively involved in

the pulse industry. Many times throughout this past year, members

in all regions have been called upon to support industry priorities.

We thank our members for their phone calls, letters and emails.

The fact that pulses have remained very visible within the Senate

legislation is true testament to the support of our membership.

Thank you and I hope you all have a successful crop year!

CGI to Purchase West Dakota Feed & Seed

Shannon Berndt, NPGA Executive Director

Feed and Seed handles peas, lentils, flax canola, and organic

grains. West Dakota currently employs 11-12 employees.

Kevin Kvamme has been managing the company since 2004

and will continue to be the buyer/manager for CGI. Donald

Giese will remain the plant operations manager, a position he

has held since 2003. The plant is designed for identity preserved

grain handling and serves markets world wide.

Source: CGI, Portland, Oregon

1710 Burnt Boat Drive

Bismarck, ND 58503



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Calendar of Events

July 10, 12 - NDSU REC Field Day, Hettinger, ND

July 11, 12 - NDSU REC Field Day, Dickinson, ND

July 12, 12 - NARC Field Day, Havre, MT

July 12, 12 -NCREC Pulse Tour, Minot, ND

July 13, 12 - CREC Pulse Tour, Carrington, ND

July 17, 12 - Field Day, Carrington, ND

July 18, 12 - Field Day, Minot, ND

July 18, 12 Richland Field Day, Richland, MT

July 19, 12 - EARC Field Day, Sidney, MT

July 19, 12 - Friends & Neighbors Day, Mandan, ND

July 24, 12 - Field Day, Williston, ND

July 25, 12 - NARC Field Day, Creston, MT

December 12 & 13, 12 - Montana Pulse Day, Billings, MT

January 21-22, 13 - NPGA Annual Conv. Minot, ND

January 23-25, 13 - KMOT Ag Expo, Minot, ND (9)

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