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Growing Faba Beans 
in Alberta

A relative newcomer in Alberta, faba beans are grown across the province and exported to areas like the Middle East and Asia. Lower input costs and good standability for this crop makes faba beans a surprisingly good fit for many crop growers.

Will faba beans fit in your crop rotation? Consider growing faba beans if…

  • You live in Southern Alberta, Central Alberta, or the Peace River Region.
  • You’re looking for a hardy cool-season crop that can tolerate frost.
  • You’re growing on deep, medium-textured soils that have good water holding capacity.
  • You want to spread out your workload with early seeding and harvest.
  • You're looking for a pulse crop that has good lodging resistance.
  • You’re interested in marketing flexibility that includes markets for both human consumption and animal feed.


With several faba bean varieties to choose from, faba beans are an up-and-coming pulse crop in Alberta.

Information on the U of A student-created manual: Alberta Faba Bean Producers Manual 1.0.

For more information on pulse crops in Alberta see Alberta Agriculture website.

 Mark Olson and Robyne Bowness (Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development) April 1, 2014 Presentation: Faba Bean Production 101.