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Lay the groundwork for a strong soybean season

Agronomy tips... from the field

Want to set the stage for a strong soybean crop? Start by seeding into warmer soils. Light tillage can help break up crop residue and spread it evenly across your field. Working up soil also attracts sunlight and heat more effectively. Aim to seed into moisture to give your beans a better start. If possible, […] Read more


Crop Advisor’s Casebook: Planter problems or pesky pests?

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the January 24, 2017 issue of Grainews

Three weeks after planting, I was called out to Mark’s 1,500-acre farm, located south east of Winnipeg, Man., where he grows soybeans, canola and spring and winter wheat. Mark wanted to know why an area of his soybean plant stand was so thin. The thin plant stand was located in the north 30 acres of […] Read more



Help is here for soybean sudden death

Bayer’s new ILeVO soybean seed treatment may bring relief to Ontario farmers

While sudden death syndrome in soybeans hasn’t yet been a scourge on the Prairies, it has spread across Ontario and it could be on its way to a soybean field near you. When sudden death syndrome hits Manitoba, farmers might be looking for Bayer’s new ILeVO seed treatment fungicide. This product is a Group 7 […] Read more


Crop Advisor’s Casebook: Mystery of the ailing soybeans

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the March 17, 2015 issue of Grainews

It was the first week in July when I got a call from Aaron, who grows wheat, canola, barley and soybeans at his farm northeast of Dauphin, Man. Soybeans account for 1,000 acres of Aaron’s 3,300-acre operation, but plants in two of his soybean fields were really struggling. “The crop isn’t doing so well in […] Read more



Soybean cyst nematodes on the Prairies?

This yield-stealing roundworm moves with soil. And it's probably on its way to your soybean field

The soybean cyst nematode is the number one yield robber in soybean crops in Ontario and the U.S. This parasitic roundworm has been in North America since the mid-1950s, with the first detection in North Carolina, says Albert Tenuta, provincial field crop pathologist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Since then […] Read more


Studying the whole ecosystem

Matthew Mitchell’s research looks at how soybeans are affected by nearby forests

How can farmers produce food while also providing more environmental and societal benefits from the land they’re managing? That is a million dollar question that Dr. Matthew Mitchell is trying to answer. While completing his PhD in natural resource sciences at McGill, Mitchell was part of a larger, two-year study looking at how people affect […] Read more



Soybean seedling

New products at Quarry Seed

Quarry Seed is no longer distributing for Thunder seed and is now bringing Prograin soybeans to Western Canada. Last year, Quarry’s 60 plus dealers across the Prairies sold Thunder Seed soybeans and corn. General manager Shawn Rempel says the company is working toward having access to grain and silage corn in the near future. Prograin is a private […] Read more


The truth is in the hopper

This fall marked the first harvest for a new farmer with a brand new field

Do you remember me griping about gophers eating my soybeans? I broke 120 acres of pastureland last feel, seeded soybeans on it this spring, and then, come emergence time, noticed that huge circular sections of the field were missing plants. It was gophers. They were eating my soys. They ate about five acres of soybean […] Read more



New soybean seed varieties for 2017

Twenty-four new soybean varieties are coming to the market for western Canadian farmers

If you haven’t been watching the market for new soybean seed, you have some catching up to do. There are 24 new varieties — that’s right, 24 — for 2017. And that is just the new varieties, not the almost-new varieties that have been released in the last two or three years. Companies have been […] Read more


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Soybean success: timing matters

A clean soybean field early in the season can make all the difference to your yield

With some events, like a clearance sale or your own wedding, the need for punctuality is obvious. For tasks like controlling soybean weeds, the value of getting there early may be more subtle, but it’s no less important. As any successful grower can attest, when and how you address weed issues can be the difference […] Read more