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New soybean varieties for 2020

While you’re bringing in your 2019 soybean crop, start planning for next year

[UPDATED: Nov. 15, 2019] For most Prairie farmers, the 2019 growing season was a year that put their seed genetics to the test. It’s hard to make a choice about next year’s varieties without knowing what’s coming up in the weather forecast, but this is a good time to start studying your options. There are […] Read more

Soybean protein levels on the decline

What’s causing lower protein levels in soybeans grown in Western Canada?

Soybean protein levels in Western Canada are on the decline and lower than those found in Eastern Canada and parts of the United States. Although researchers aren’t certain of the cause, they suspect that selection for yield at the breeding and genetic levels may have something to do with it. Cassandra Tkachuk, production specialist at Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers, is one of […] Read more

Crop advisor casebook: Soybeans wilt and die off after emergence

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the March 26, 2019 issue of Grainews

Adrian called me in early July 2017 about the poor plant stand in his soybean field. The soybean plants were wilting and dying off after emergence. “I’ve got plants turning brown and dying off in my soybean field,” he said. That afternoon I set off for Adrian’s 3,500-acre grain farm located just outside of Dauphin, […] Read more

Pulse and soybean diseases to watch

Dry conditions in 2018 gave pulse growers a break, but there’s lots to watch for in 2019

While dry conditions during the 2018 growing season didn’t stop all instances of foliar, stem and root rot diseases across Western Canada, pulse growers didn’t see the high levels of pulse or soybean diseases associated with warm, moist conditions. But that doesn’t mean scouting won’t be necessary in 2019. The main diseases in pulse and […] Read more

New soybean varieties for 2019

An embarrassment of choices: 36 new soybean varieties on sale for spring 2019

Anyone planning to grow soybeans next spring has a lot of reading ahead. When we asked all the seed companies we could find to tell us about the new varieties coming forward for 2019, they sent us information for about 36 new varieties. Comparing all these new varieties, along with all of the other recent […] Read more

Dealing with soybean aphids and cutworms

Hot, dry summer weather can bring soybean aphids into your fields

Soybean aphids tend to come along with hot, dry weather, says Cassandra Tkachuk, production specialist for Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers (MPSG). “Moist conditions mean fungal pathogens can help take down populations of soybean aphid. Hot, dry conditions are conducive to them reproducing rapidly.” While this year’s harvest weather wasn’t hot and dry in most […] Read more

Keeping canola out of your soybean fields

Volunteer canola: Western Canada’s fourth most abundant weed

Volunteer canola is thriving in Western Canada. In the 1970s, volunteer canola was the 18th most abundant weed. Today it is the fourth most common in Western Canada. Volunteer canola is especially problematic where herbicide-resistant crops, like soybeans, are added to the rotation. Volunteer canola is a unique weed because it is derived from growing […] Read more

Manitoba soybeans not responding to K?

Soybean potassium fertility trials leave researchers scratching their heads

While it has generally been known that Manitoba’s lighter-textured soils are low in potassium, it took soybeans to really bring the issue to light. With soybeans taking up more and more acres, researchers felt it was time to conduct potassium fertility trials. While preliminary results are in, results are mixed. More data will be needed […] Read more

Don’t forget lessons of the Dirty 30s

Although there’s a perception that dust is past, tillage erosion is on the rise in Manitoba

It seemed like the beginning of the end of the world: friends and neighbours dying of “dust pneumonia” and massive dust storms sweeping the land. These are some of the recollections of people who were alive in the “Dirty 30s,” recorded for an oral history project by Daryl Ritchison, interim director of the North Dakota […] Read more

Crop advisor casebook: Soybean disease or chemical injury?

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the February 20, 2018 issue of Grainews

Ryan owns a mixed dairy and grain farm north of Saskatoon, Sask. At the beginning of June, we were scouting Ryan’s soybean field when we discovered brown mottling on the plants’ leaves. These dark brown spots were present largely on the unifoliate leaves as well as on some of the cotyledons. The soybean plants’ trifoliate […] Read more