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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 »

Soybean School – Making the Most of Your Soil Applied Herbicide

Soil applied herbicides in dry weather can be a bit of a concern for producers who are depending on them. In order for the herbicides to work effectively they need moisture to activate them and move them downward through the soil into the area where the weeds have germinated. Unfortunately, no moisture, no migration through… Read more »

Soybean School – Is this the Year for Double Crop Soybeans?

Unseasonably warm weather has its benefits other than not freezing to death. It appears as though the warm weather in March provided an extra boost to the winter wheat crop, so much in some cases that there is already talk in some circles of the potential for double crop soybeans . Great news for producers… Read more »

Soybean School – Attack Lambs Quarters Early

Early weed control in any crop is important. This especially true when it comes to difficult weeds like lambs quarters. A difficult weed like that often calls for an aggressive strategy.   An extra level of care and attention is required when formulating a strategy with non-gmo soybeans. It involves a good look into your… Read more »

Soybean School: Early Weed Control Strategies Drive Yield

Growing a good yielding soybean crop starts before it’s even in the ground. Planting into a field with the potential for heavy weed pressure can cost you anywhere up to 80 percent of your yield. It’s incredibly important therefore to make sure that ground is as clean as possible both before you plant and after… Read more »

Soybean School: The Power of Inoculants

Establishing a healthy plant stand as quickly as possible is critical in protecting your crops health and ensuring maximum yield potential. Part of that process means that the plant has to be able to access the inputs it needs to get there. That starts with the development of a healthy root system including the development… Read more »

Soybean School – Don’t Get “Snake-Oiled” On Your Soybeans

Every producer is looking for the edge when it comes to their crop. That’s all well and good, but it’s a pursuit that has to be balanced with a good level of realistic discernment. If that discernment isn’t there it can leave producers that are chasing that edge vulnerable to the “snake oil” or “silver… Read more »