Pulses refers to legumes grown for grain. These grains are normally grown in typical agricultural crop rotations and include peas, lentils, soybeans, and faba beans. Legumes have not historically been grown in Northeastern Alberta, but in recent years have shown an expansion throughout the province.
There are many benefits to adding pulses to a crop rotation. They have the ability to fix nitrogen which improves soil health and decreases costs. They are also typically seeded and harvested earlier than other crops allowing work to be spread out over the season.