Soybean Planting in Western Canada — What Difference Does a Month Make?

There is such thing as too early to plant soybeans, as the crop does not fare well in cool conditions (one researcher likened it to the germinating seed having a “heart attack”). More commonly, however, we’re worried about going in too late, as even the short season varieties are a tad on the long side for much of Western Canada’s frost free period.

In this interview, Lyndsey Smith talks soybean seeding date impacts with Brent VanKoughnet, of AgriSkills. Preliminary research trials at his farm near Carman, Man., suggest a few interesting findings. One, that a month’s difference between seeding dates can still mean harvesting them all in the same week, but also that the risk vs. reward payoff of very early and very late seeding is really all up to mighty Mother Nature. All that and more is included in this video. We’ll also follow up in the fall to re-cap year two of this research trial.

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