MPSG’s Farmer Resources Take Home Top Honours

From left, holding the awards: MPSG Extension Coordinator Laura Schmidt, MPSG Production Specialist Cassandra Tkachuk and Kristen MacMillan, UofM/MPSG applied soybean and pulse research agronomist (not pictured: Laryssa Stevenson, former MPSG production specialist). Photo: Ian Kirby.

Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers is honoured to announce that it is has received two extension awards from the American Society of Agronomy (ASA).


From left, holding the awards: MPSG Extension Coordinator Laura Schmidt, MPSG Production Specialist Cassandra Tkachuk and Kristen MacMillan, UofM/MPSG applied soybean and pulse research agronomist (not pictured: Laryssa Stevenson, former MPSG production specialist). Photo: Ian Kirby.

The farmer-led association’s Pulse Beat: The Science Edition won the ASA Extension Education Community Educational Award in the category of Publications: Circular, fact sheet, or brochure greater than 16 pages. And the association’s Soybean Staging Guide & Maturity Guide and Dry Bean Growth Staging Guide won an ASA Extension Education Community Educational Award in the category of Publications: Circular, fact sheet, or brochure 16 pages or fewer

“The development of high-quality extension materials for our farmer members is a priority for Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers (MPSG),” says Francois Labelle, Executive Director of MPSG. “It’s quite an honour to be recognized by the ASA. It’s testament to our great team – past and present – and the excellent direction we’ve received from the farmers that lead us.”

The awards were announced on November 7 in Baltimore, MD during a prestigious annual scientific conference that involves the ASA, the Crop Science Society of America and the Canadian Society of Agronomy. This year’s theme was Enhancing Productivity in a Changing Climate.

“We take pride in the resources we produce for our farmers,” says Laura Schmidt, MPSG’s Extension Coordinator. “It takes hard work and an unflinching dedication to quality to produce these materials. These publications are for farmers, and, at the end of the day, it is my hope that they access them and find them useful on their farms.”

MPSG publishes the annual Pulse Beat: The Science Edition every winter, and the association is always looking for new resource materials to produce that will benefit Manitoba’s pulse and soybean farmers.

Make MPSG’s website – manitobapulse.ca – your go-to source for pulse and soybeans news, and watch for more resource materials circulated with Pulse Beat magazine.