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Soybean School: Ideal Planting Dates & When, If Ever, To Swap out Varieties

The 2014 planting season isn’t exactly kicking off with a bang. A hard winter, a slow spring and continued rain has been hard on winter wheat fields and has got planting off to a very slow start. While soybeans aren’t the first priority to get in the ground (they do require warm soil, after all),… Read more »

Soybean School West: Why Phosphorus Management for Soybean is Unique

Phosphorus management is and must be a long term proposition. Phosphorus behaves very differently than nitrogen in the soil, as it binds tightly to soil particles and releases slowly over time. This is good and bad — it’s not subject to the same loss risk that N is, but it also means that sometimes the… Read more »

Soybean School: Yield Response to a Fungicide — Is Early Application Better?

What is the yield response of a soybean crop to a fungicide application? (wait for it…) It depends. If you’re not content with that answer, don’t worry — neither are researchers. While there are several factors that work in to the decision to spray, questions surrounding the efficacy and the response of that application can… Read more »

Soybean School: Go Big or Go Home — Does Intesifying Inputs Pay?

If you’re decided on rates and types of inputs, which do you skip or scale back on if margins become tight? Fungicide? Seed? Fertilizer? Should you cut back at all? The concept of intensively managing corn is widely accepted and researched, but not so with soybeans, so Dr. Dave Hooker and colleagues set out to… Read more »

Soybean School: The 4 Key Factors to Maximum Soybean Yield

There are some factors that influence soybean yield far more than others, for example a healthy crop rotation is going to do far more to help the crop reach full potential than any amount of tillage. In this Soybean School episode, Horst Bohner, soybean specialist with Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food, recaps the top four… Read more »

Soybean School: Where Did Soybeans Muster this Big Yield From?

It seems the 2013 soybean crop defied the odds and managed to pleasantly surprise a number of farmers with decent yields. The final provincial average tally is yet to come in, but it will likely settle somewhere around the 45 or 46 bushel per acre mark. Not too shabby, considering a tough season of untimely… Read more »

Soybean School: The Increasing Threat of White Mould

Each disease threat is unique. Some pathogens are carried on wind or insects, others live in the soil and some reside on crop residue. The expected pressure of a disease for next year is largely dependent on how a disease is spread — those that winter in the soil or on residue are the most… Read more »

Soybean School: Why Testing for Soybean Cyst Nematode is a Must

Do you know the soybean cyst nematode levels in fields on your farm? If you’re growing or plan on growing soybeans, you should be testing every field to determine the presence of this pest. After all, it’s the number one pest of soybean in the world. Horst Bohner, soybean specialist with the Ontario Ministry of… Read more »

Soybean School: The Value of Field Validation Trials & the Mystery of Sudden Death Syndrome

More replications of research trials equals more bankable results. This can mean more reps in a field, or more reps across an entire geographic area. The North Central Soybean Research program spans a huge area of the United States, and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food hosts co-operative research trials with the group as… Read more »

Soybean School: The Value of Seed Treatments

Planting in to cool and especially cool and wet soils is not ideal for soybeans. But that description applies to most planting conditions in Ontario and perhaps most of Canada. Because of this reality, fungicide seed treatments are an invaluable tool in the establishment of healthy, vigorous, soybean stands. Albert Tenuta, provincial field crop pathologist… Read more »

Soybean School: Relying on One Method of Control Won’t Work for Canada Fleabane

Ah, Canada fleabane. This nasty weed isn’t just an issue because of confirmed glyphosate resistance — its very nature of germinating whenever the heck it feels like it means that it’s one weed that can’t be well controlled by just one or even a few control methods. Canada fleabane control and resistance management requires a… Read more »

Soybean School West: Header Selection & Why the Combine Manual is a Must-Read

Is the soybean setting on the combine really where you should start when setting up the combine for harvest? And is a flex header really necessary or just a nice-to-have sort of piece of equipment? The answers are yes and yes, and in this video, Harvey Chorney, of the Prairie Agriculture Machinery Institute and a… Read more »

Soybean School West: Assessing soybean maturity and frost risk

Hear that? If you shake soybean plants and hear the rattle of seeds in the pods, the plant has reached physiological maturity. Does that mean the crop is ready to harvest or past being damaged by frost? Not so fast. In this Soybean School video, Kristen Podolsky, production specialist with the Manitoba Pulse Growers Association,… Read more »

Soybean School West: What’s Eating my Soybeans? Which Insects to Blame & More

If you’re relatively new to growing soybeans, you’re likely checking on the crop more often than others. That’s good, of course, as scouting is rarely a waste of time. What you may be seeing at this time of year is leaf damage — insect feeding on leaf margins or in a “shot” hole pattern. What’s… Read more »

Soybean School West: Why are my Soybeans Yellow?

There are few things more troubling to a farmer than a sickly looking or well-chewed plant. Environmental stress is unavoidable, but determining the correct stress is important if you’re looking to either a) remedy the situation or b) avoid it in the future. Manitoba soybean farmers enjoy relatively few disease and insect pressures, so far,… Read more »