General Mills, Inc. and the South East Research Farm in Redvers are joining forces, with funding from the company, to run trials to see whether peas grown with oats improves oat quality and nutrient density for its products, such as Cheerios and Lucky Charms.
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General Mills, research farm look at oats intercropping

A food industry giant is partnering with a Saskatchewan research farm to learn more about the benefits of intercropping oats. General Mills, Inc. and the South East Research Farm in Redvers are joining forces, with funding from the company, to run trials to see whether peas grown with oats improves oat quality and nutrient density […] Read more

Recent research on the Prairies has found that intercropping can increase yields and reduce pests and disease. This crop of yellow peas and oats was grown last year at Agriculture Canada’s research centre in Swift Current, Sask.  |  File photo

Sask. researcher sees intercropping on the rise

Three of last year’s top crop combinations were canola and peas, peas and oats (for silage), and flax and chickpeas

An old farming practice is winning new adherents across the Prairies. Intercropping — the growing of two or more types of plants in the same row or field, such as peas and canola — is catching on as good yields and lower production costs improve the bottom line. Crop specialists say healthier soils are another […] Read more

Intercropping is a popular concept among farmers these days, although not many do it on any sort of large scale. There are still many variables, wrinkles and complexities to be worked out before the system will feel comfortable to the average farmer. | File photo

Sustainability finding home in mainstream agriculture

It’s pretty easy to scoff at the term “sustainable” when it’s bandied about by urban hippies. It’s harder to laugh off when hardcore agronomic and marketing professionals embrace the terms. And in finding ways for commercial farmers to embrace both profitability and sustainability, professionals such as Lana Shaw and Brenda Tjaden are also discovering a […] Read more


Robin Brown, left, research manager at the Conservation Learning Centre south of Prince Albert, Sask., shares details of her intercropping trials with interested producers. Pea-canola intercropping is generating interest among some growers in the province. Chickpea-flax combinations are also becoming more common in parts of southern Saskatchewan.  |  Brian Cross photo

Intercropping canola and peas shows increased net returns

Saskatchewan farmer Sheldon Dowling describes his first experience with intercropping as interesting. In fact, the results from his pea-canola experiment in 2017 were so interesting that he decided to try it again this year. “Interesting is the key word,” said Dowling, who farms near MacDowall, Sask., near Prince Albert. “It’s pretty counter-intuitive to apply no […] Read more

Intercropping has its proponents and in some cases has shown to be effective at improving returns. However, the additional logistics, lack of crop insurance coverage and challenges with herbicides create barriers to adoption by most producers.  |  Ryan Boyd photo

Intercropping has merit, but challenges still exist

Trials have shown reduced disease with a chickpea-flax intercrop, 
but some are skeptical about a mustard-pulse or canola-pulse mixture

In the midst of diseased lentil fields last year, some growers might have noticed healthier crop stands where wild mustard was present. “There are a lot of anecdotes where they said the only place where they had any kind of lentils worth harvesting is where they had some wild mustard weeds. The lentils were climbing […] Read more