Anyone interested in growing pulse crops (chickpeas, peas and lentils) will have an opportunity to learn more through a podcast series that North Dakota State University plant pathologist Audrey Kalil initiated in collaboration with Future of Ag, Soil Sense podcaster Tim Hammerich.

The first podcast in the Growing Pulse Crops series is available at or through cellphone podcast apps. New episodes will be released biweekly. Thirteen episodes will be released this season.

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. They also will feature other industry stakeholders along the way.

“Topics include weed, disease and pest management, as well as market updates,” says Kalil, who is based at NDSU's Williston Research Extension Center.

Presenters will include Brian Jenks, weed scientist at NDSU's North Central Research Extension Center near Minot; Michael Wunsch, plant pathologist at NDSU's Carrington Research Extension Center; Mary Burrows, professor of plant science and plant pathology at Montana State University; and Lyndon Porter, research plant pathologist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service in Pullman, Wash.

“This series was developed by members by of the Pulse Crop Working Group in response to stakeholder interest in this format,” Kalil says. “The goal of the Pulse Crop Working Group is to foster collaborative relationships among researchers, Extension professionals and stakeholders through face-to-face meetings and virtual interaction to address integrated pest management priorities in pulse crops.”

The group is funded by the North Central IPM Center. Visit to learn more about the group.

To receive the podcast on a cellphone, subscribe to the series through Apple podcasts (iPhone), Google podcasts (Android) or any other pod catcher app. Once subscribed, the podcast will download to your phone automatically when each new episode is released.

For more information about the podcast, contact Kalil at 701-774-4315 or