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Soybean School – Watch For Soybean Vein Necrosis In 2013

When any crop disease makes it’s way into new territory, one of the most important steps in keeping it under control is being able to diagnose and identify it. That’s precisely the situation soybean producers find themselves in with Soybean Vein Necrosis Virus. The virus is fairly new on the scene in Ontario and it’s… Read more »

Soybeans in Manitoba for 2013: What to Decide Now

Western Canadian farmers would be well advised to start making some key decisions now in regards to soybean production in 2013 as Manitoba soybean acres alone are set to surpass a million for the first time. While some farmers in the province are working on a decade of growing the crop, there will be many… Read more »

Soybean School — 3 Decisions to Make Now for Soybeans in 2013

The soybeans are in the bin (or very nearly) which means it’s now time to think about…2013. Well, take a break first, but while you’re harvesting corn or otherwise winding down from a busy harvest season, there are key soybean production decisions best made between now and the end of the year. David Townsend, product… Read more »

Soybean School – How to Properly Test For Soybean Cyst Nematode

Fall is a great time to do a few things: soil test, research soybean varieties for next year and test for soybean cyst nematode (SCN). The three tasks can actually be done simultaneously. As Albert Tenuta, field crop plant pathologist with OMAFRA, explains in this video, now is a great time to test for SCN…. Read more »

Soybean School: Is this the Top of the Market?

As the soybean harvest kicks off in Ontario, farmers are enjoying high prices, but the question is always, for how long? We caught up with Farms.com’s Moe Agostino at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show last week hot on the heels of the USDA report. His call? We’re at the top of the soybean market, and next… Read more »

Soybean School – Can Drought Damaged Soybeans Still Recover?

There are some dismal looking soybean crops throughout parts of Ontario as a result of the extreme summer heat. Late summer rains have provided some relief to those fields but have left producers wondering if it’s too little too late. It’s not just the heat that’s pushed those soybean fields to the brink. The weakened… Read more »

Soybean School – Attack Glyphosate Resistant Canada Fleabane Pre-Plant

The threat of glyphosate resistance continues to plague growers with weeds like glyphosate resistant Canada fleabane spreading throughout Ontario. If left unchecked, the weed has the potential to become a much bigger problem in Ontario and eventually other parts of Canada as well. That’s where a “big picture” approach has to be brought in at… Read more »

Soybean School – August Will Determine the Strength of the Ontario Soybean Crop

This long and drawn out stretch of hot and dry weather in Ontario has sucked the potential out of a number of crops. High temperatures and no rain have put the brakes on some great looking early planted crops. For crops that manage to hang on through the stresses of a hot and dry July… Read more »

Soybean School – Common Herbicide Pitfalls When Trying to Control Glyphosate Resistant Weeds

Controlling glyphosate resistant weeds is a challenge. It’s a challenge that can be strewn with complications as well. Timing is a key factor in the control of glyphosate resistant weeds and if that timing is thrown off by any number of factors, a complicated situation can lead to a herbicide injury situation. That’s precisely the… Read more »

Soybean School – Herbicides – What Happens if You Don’t Follow the Label?

We’ll admit it, many people are terrible at following directions. You only look at directions if people’s lives may hang in the balance or if the product is extremely expensive and even then most farmers may just use them as a reference. Product labels on herbicides can arouse that response in even the most disciplined producer. Unfortunately but not surprisingly, being a… Read more »

Soybean School – Getting Back to Your Roots

Getting into your field on a regular basis to scout is extremely important. Walking your field scouting for disease or pest activity can help you to get ahead of any potential situation that may arise. As important and as necessary as that is, it’s also extremely helpful to see what’s happening below ground. Digging up… Read more »

Soybean School – Nodulation, The Fruit of Inoculation

We’ve talked before about the power of inoculants in establishing a healthy plant. Hearing is one thing, but in most cases seeing is believing. Right now is a great time to get out in the field and see if that inoculant has done its job. SEE MORE SOYBEAN SCHOOL. There is no substitute for getting… Read more »

Soybean School – Three Essential Early Scouting Tasks

Early crop scouting is sometimes passed by depending on the weather and growing conditions.  Making scouting decisions by driving by the field in your pick up is not good scouting and can force you into poor decisions on disease and insect control and crop staging. David Townsend, Becker Underwood, provides us with some great quick… Read more »

Soybean School – A Realistic Approach to Double Crop Soybeans

Every day matters when it comes to soybeans. When it comes to double crop soybeans, it matters much more. In a year like this one, where it looks as though that double crop may be a reality, producers in that position have to start thinking about risk management. While getting that crop in the ground… Read more »

Soybean School – Seeing the Difference that Early Planting Makes

Producers and agronomists have both touted the benefits of early planting when it comes to soybeans. Just how much of a benefit is it? Considering the relatively short season for soybeans in Ontario, three to four weeks can pay off at harvest. That early planting doesn’t come without risk. Cold temperatures and other adverse early… Read more »