To say that soybeans are the hottest topic in Manitoba right now is an understatement. The excitement around the crop is perhaps eclipsed only by the recent opening of Ikea. The N-fixing crop is definitely turning heads and has many farmers asking how they can jump on the soybean bandwagon.
And so it was, that at the recent Manitoba Agronomists Conference, RealAgriculture.com’s Lyndsey Smith caught up with Jason Voogt, agronomist with Cargill, to talk about the most common soybean seeding set ups in his area around Elm Creek, Man. Several questions at the conference centered around inoculating — what type to use, how much to apply and when.
Farmers with saved seed from 2012 should be aware of the risks of declining germ over the winter. As Jason mentions in this video, and as discussed in the latest Under the Microscope episode, very dry conditions at harvest caused a lot of cracking not all of which is visually distinguishable. Be sure to test seed well in advance of seeding so as to accurately gauge germ and vigour.
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