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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


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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


Crop Advisor’s Casebook: Yellowing soybeans a mystery

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the February 3, 2015 issue of Grainews

An experienced hand at producing canola, wheat and barley on the sandy loam soils of his 4,200-acre farm east of Dauphin, Man., Brent was brand new at growing soybeans. Just after Labour Day, Brent gave me call to talk about a concern he had with his soybean crop as he prepared for harvest. “I think […] Read more



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Soybeans shine with no-till systems

Researchers studied corn and soybean response to different soil and residue conditions

Prairie farmers new to soybeans and corn are still figuring out how to adapt their practices to these crops. Researchers at the University of Manitoba are doing the same. Dr. Yvonne Lawley is part of three projects examining soil and residue management of soybeans and corn. The first project looked at seeding soybeans into wheat […] Read more


Set your soybeans up for success

Many factors come in to play in getting your soybean crop off to a good start. Field selection, fertility, varietal selection and planting populations are some of the key elements to be considered during the planning phase. As the planning phase ends and you move to in-season practices, your early season weed control will be […] Read more