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Montana Ag Network: New podcast focuses on growing pulse crops

Posted at 9:19 AM, May 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-04 11:19:09-04

Farmers who are interested in growing pulse crops now have an opportunity to learn more through a new podcast series titled “Growing Pulse Crops.”

Audrey Kalil with North Dakota State University’s Williston Research Extension Center says as more farmers become interested in raising pulse crops like chickpeas, peas and lentils, the Pulse Crop Working Group saw an opportunity to reach farmers through a new podcast series titled “Growing Pulse Crops.”

“We got together with a group of farmers who are all members of the Northern Pulse Growers Association, as well as USA Dry Pea and Lentil Council,” said Kalil. “We wanted to know from them what's the best format in which to deliver research findings and just bring this information to a broader audience. And, you know, to be honest, the pulse crops podcast wasn't even on my mind at the time that I had not even occurred to me, even though I listened to and enjoy several different podcast series. But that was something people, the farmers in particular brought up, that they that they listened to podcasts on long drives or in the tractor. And they find that to be a really great way to listen to information.”

Hosted by Tim Hammerich, the series will follow pulse crop farmers through the growing season and dive into the research that’s helping them through some of the challenges they face.

“We're talking about issues and decisions you're making kind of as the season goes,” said Kalil. “So the episodes are designed to be concurrent with what folks are doing during the growing season. Right now, we're talking about pre-emergence herbicides and we're talking about seed treatment choices. We're also visiting with growers during the series. So, we can bring in folks that maybe are new to pulse crops and hear what other farmers are doing.”

To receive the podcast on a cellphone, subscribe to the series through Apple podcasts (iPhone), Google podcasts (Android) or any other pod catcher app.

Farmers can also learn more about the new podcast by visiting