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