With lentils, and even peas, fetching higher prices this year, you may also want to consider adding soybeans to your acreage as an added insurance policy.
If we have a dry year, chances are the lentils and peas will do better than your soybeans. But if we get high moisture, your soybeans will thrive. Either way, you’re diversifying your acres and spreading out your potential weather risk.
Planting soybeans can deliver several other agronomic benefits, including reduced weather risk from pod shattering, and spoilage if your beans are exposed to heavy fall moisture. Soybeans can also extend your harvest time frame and don’t demand high fertilizer and fungicide inputs.
With all that in mind, ask yourself a few questions: What’s the probability of rain from mid- to late July to Early August in your area? Getting plenty of rainfall during that period when the soybeans are in the flowering and pod filling stages is critical. Second, what are your average heat units available and can you get crop insurance in your area for soybeans? And finally, where is the local market for your beans?
If you’ve decided that growing soybeans is for you, a great place to start your search is by looking at performance data in this year’s Western Adaptation Trials.
This agronomy tip is brought to you by Richard Marsh, technical development lead, Syngenta Canada