(puls... the Latin word for Pulses, and ED for Education)
PulsED is a partnership between the USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council and the Spokane Regional Office of the USDA Risk Management Agency. PulsED was developed to provide grower education on the best practices to grow pulse crops in the Pacific Northwest in order to reduce risk.
The following free modules are currently available:
Crop Insurance/Risk Management Agency Products: Conventional and organic growers will learn the different risk management products available through the Risk Management Agency, how to apply, available resources and expected results.
Market Overview Module: Learn how to market your crop, from current and emerging markets, both international and domestic, and the promising ingredient market. Organic markets will be discussed, but not in depth.
Harvest Concerns: Conventional and organic growers will learn harvest and handling concerns, storage considerations, and best management practices for record keeping to minimize and evaluate risk.
Pest Management Module #1: Root and Foliar Diseases – Growers will learn about disease identification, control, and management specific to pulse crops in the region. Identification segment is applicable to organic growers as well. Control for organic producers will be discussed, but not in depth.
Pest Management Module #2: Viral Diseases and Insect Management – Growers will learn pest identification, disease identification, control and management specific to pulse crops in the region.
Module 6: Upcoming
Planting Considerations and Weed Control: Conventional and organic growers will learn about ground prep; nutrients & inoculations, seed selection (including winter pulses & emerging crops), treatments and other planting considerations. Pesticide credit application pending. Live webinar originated as part of the Western Pulse Growers Association annual grower meeting.