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Soybean School – How Important Are Drought Resistant Traits To Soybean Yields?

In part 1 of our conversation with Dr. Hugh Earl of the University of Guelph he talked about the impact water stress can have on soybean yields. That study suggested that at some point during a number of growing seasons, even if rainfall was adequate, some yield was being lost to water stress. One of… Read more »

Soybean School: How Much Yield is Lost to Drought Stress?

There’s generally always enough moisture metered out through the growing season to finish the soybean crop, but soybeans can soak up a lot of water and translate that into yield if it’s there. But by how much? What are we really losing to drought stress? Dr. Hugh Earl of the University of Guelph and colleagues… Read more »

Soybean School: 80 Bushel+ Beans Are Possible in Ontario

A few key environmental and agronomic factors converged in the 2012 crop that led to some surprising and even outstanding soybean yields. Of course, there were areas that suffered from dry weather, but there were also some areas that achieved yields in the 80 bushel range — some small plots even topped 100 bushels an… Read more »

Soybean School – How Did the 2012 Growing Season Shape Up?

August rains make grain. That’s an old saying, but it held true this year in Ontario. The Ontario soybean crop managed to hold on through extreme hot and dry conditions to receive those timely rains and produce what was, overall, a great crop. In this episode of the Soybean School, Ken Currah of PRIDE Seeds… Read more »

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 »